Katherine the Queen: The Remarkable Life of Katherine Parr, the Last Wife of Henry VIII

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St. Martin's Press, Nov 23, 2010 - History - 400 pages
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The general perception of Katherine Parr is that she was a provincial nobody with intellectual pretensions who became queen of England because the king needed a nurse as his health declined. Yet the real Katherine Parr was attractive, passionate, ambitious, and highly intelligent. Thirty-years-old (younger than Anne Boleyn had been) when she married the king, she was twice widowed and held hostage by the northern rebels during the great uprising of 1536-37 known as the Pilgrimage of Grace. Her life had been dramatic even before she became queen and it would remain so after Henry's death. She hastily and secretly married her old flame, the rakish Sir Thomas Seymour, and died shortly after giving birth to her only child in September 1548. Her brief happiness was undermined by the very public flirtation of her husband and step-daughter, Princess Elizabeth. She was one of the most influential and active queen consorts in English history, and this is her story.

 

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User Review  - Pondlife - LibraryThing

An interesting book, although a bit dry in places. I was quite interested in some of the characters connected with Katherine like Thomas Seymour who Elizabeth said had "much wit and very little ... Read full review

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User Review  - wagner.sarah35 - LibraryThing

A good biography of Henry VIII's last wife. What I appreciated about this book was the depiction of Katherine's early years and first two marriages, before she became the wife of a king. Katherine's ... Read full review

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Linda Porter has a Ph.D. in history from the University of York, England. She was the winner of the 2004 Biographers Club/Daily Mail prize in England and is the author of The Myth of "Bloody Mary", also available from St. Martin's Press. She is married with one daughter and lives near London.

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