Katherine the Queen: The Remarkable Life of Katherine Parr

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Pan Macmillan, Nov 23, 2010 - History - 384 pages

‘Linda Porter has done a marvellous job in bringing Katherine Parr to life. In so doing, she evokes the whole terrifying and exciting world of the Tudor courts, packed with intrigue and danger’ A.N. Wilson, Reader’s Digest

In this, the first full-scale biography of Katherine Parr, Linda Porter illuminates the life of the queen history has largely forgotten - or at least misremembered. Twice widowed before her marriage to the king, she was not as well versed in the ways of monarchs and her fervent political and religious views made waves in the treacherous waters of the Tudor court. The queen who 'survived' did so only by the skin of her teeth. And though the story of her life has been curiously neglected, she left an enduring impression on English history.

'Colourful and well paced . . . Katherine's was indeed a remarkable life’ Matthew Dennison, Mail on Sunday

‘[A] nuanced picture of family allegiances and intellectual background’ Jenny Uglow, Financial Times

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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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About the author (2010)

Linda Porter has a doctorate in History from the University of York. In 2004 shewas the winner of the Biographers Club/Daily Mail Prize, which helped launch her on a new career as an author. Her first book, Mary Tudor, The First Queen, was published to critical acclaim in 2007. She is a regular contributor to BBC History Magazine and History Today. She lives in Kent.

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