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Publisher's Summary

By the number-one New York Times best-selling author behind the Starz original series The White Queen, a riveting new Tudor tale featuring King Henry VIII's sixth wife, Kateryn Parr, the first English queen to publish under her own name.
Why would a woman marry a serial killer?
Because she cannot refuse.
Kateryn Parr, a 30-year-old widow in a secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when a man old enough to be her father who has buried four wives - King Henry VIII - commands her to marry him.
Kateryn has no doubt about the danger she faces: the previous queen lasted 16 months, the one before barely half a year. But Henry adores his new bride, and Kateryn's trust in him grows as she unites the royal family, creates a radical study circle at the heart of the court, and rules the kingdom as regent.
But is this enough to keep her safe? A leader of religious reform and the first woman to publish in English, Kateryn stands out as an independent woman with a mind of her own. But she cannot save the Protestants, under threat for their faith, and Henry's dangerous gaze turns on her. The traditional churchmen and rivals for power accuse her of heresy - the punishment is death by fire, and the king's name is on the warrant.
From an author who has described all of Henry's queens comes a deeply intimate portrayal of the last: a woman who longed for passion, power, and education at the court of a medieval killer.
©2015 Philippa Gregory (P)2015 Simon & Schuster
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3 out of 5 stars
By A customer on 09-17-15

You'd better like repetition

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would - with a caveat about the repetition! I know this sounds lame, but I just wasn't paying attention and I thought I was buying one of Margaret George's books. It's not a terrible book, but at some points I was yelling at my speakers, "WE GET IT ALREADY!" This is an author that really knows how to hammer home a point...and hammer it and hammer it and hammer it.

What does Bianca Amato bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator is Brilliant! I will seek her out with other books.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Barbara on 08-27-15

The Taming of the Queen

I am not sure how the author managed to give Catherine Parr such a bland personality. It is just as likely that she was a strong woman who knew exactly what she was doing, and did it very well. At thirty she had managed estates which takes at least basic accounting skills to deal with stewards etc, she could read and write sophisticated English, and was well trained in Latin even before she was crowned. But instead of a strong, smart, woman with shrewd political skills we get someone who goes from pathetically forced to marry an old man, to someone who becomes proactive out of family pressure and fear. Granted not being afraid in this Tudor court would be truly stupid. But I expect Catherine Parr was smart enough to use awareness of danger to outwit anyone who chose to challenge her position.

The best part of the book is the advice she got from her family and advisors, which gives the readers some insights into King Henry's court, but this could have done without the main character saying in effect "no really"?

The historical research behind the book is great.

Its a shame Catherine Parr is portrayed as a bland woman blown this way and that by the pressures of those around her. She didn't even get her crowned name, but something of a nickname throughout the whole story.

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