The Taming of the Queen : The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels

  • by Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by Bianca Amato
  • Series: The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels
  • 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Would you try another book from Philippa Gregory and/or Bianca Amato?

Yes. I've read all of Gregory's books released so far.

Has The Taming of the Queen turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, it is just this particular one. Gregory is a master of this genre but has lost her way recently.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I love Bianca Amato but this book is just too long. With so many insignificant characters, Amato runs out of voices, making everyone indistinguishable. Plus Gregory has included pages and pages of minutiae with Parr whining much over the most neurotic things that the listener loses focus.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

If it had been about 8 hours long this would have been a much better book. Catherine Parr was only the Queen for 3-1/2 years and was the least interesting of Henry VIII's six wives. There is no purpose for this account to drag out as long as it does.

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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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- Barbara "Huntsville, Alabama"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-25-2015
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio