The Taming of the Queen (Paperback)Philippa Gregory (author)
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Because she cannot refuse...
Kateryn Parr, a thirty-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 sixteen 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.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 332 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 30 mm
`A cleverly wrought political novel. In introducing Parr to a new audience, Gregory has done the first lady of English letters something of a favour' -- Sunday Telegraph
`Gregory dramatises the story of a reluctant royal wife negotiating the anxious, dangerous years of her marriage... written with her usual authority and capacity for great drama' -- Sunday Times
`The Taming of the Queen reads like a clever, intimate thriller' -- The Times
`Gregory brilliantly captures the torn loyalties, treacheries and tragedies that lie beneath the historical detail, to entertaining effect' -- Good Housekeeping
`The contemporary mistress of historical crime' -- Kate Mosse
`Popular historical fiction at its finest, immaculately researched and superbly told' -- The Times
`Gregory creates a world in which all but the most determined women are tools in the hands of powerful men... past-paced, convincing, vivid and engrossing' -- Daily Express
`Philippa Gregory has another hit on her hands with this gripping page-turner. Her novel simplifies and humanises the complex politics of the period' -- Sunday Times
`Lady Margaret Beaufort - cold, clever, calculating - will stop at nothing to put her son Henry Tudor on the throne. Gregory is very good at describing the bitchiness of the women in this tale of dynastic rivalry' -- Daily Telegraph
`Rollicking, page-turning stuff' -- Metro
`Popular history at its best' -- Daily Mail
`Meticulously researched...for each novel she immerses herself in dozens of primary and secondary sources, before transforming them into vivid fiction' -- Sunday Telegraph
`History comes gloriously alive as Elizabeth Woodville seduces and marries Yorkist King Edward IV' -- Daily Mirror
`Philippa Gregory is truly the mistress of the historical novel. It would be hard to make history more entertaining, lively or engaging' -- Sunday Express
`Her novels are filled with strong, determined women who take their fate into their own hands' -- Financial Times
`Rarely has history been so seductive' -- Tatler
`Gregory makes history come alive ... riveting' -- Daily Express
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“Great 'hard to put down' novel”
Bought this for my mum who loves historical novels and is a Phillipa Gregory fan.
She read the book in a few days as she said it was hard to put down and she was sorry when she came to the end as she did not want it... More
“Taming of the Queen”
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