Katheryn Howard, the Scandalous Queen

Katheryn Howard, the Scandalous Queen

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"Bestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir tells the tragic story of Henry VIII's fifth wife, a nineteen-year-old beauty with a hidden past, in this fifth novel in the sweeping Six Tudor Queens series. In the spring of 1540, Henry VIII, desperate to be rid of his queen, Anna of Kleve, first sets eyes on the enchanting Katheryn Howard. Although the king is now an ailing forty-nine-year-old measuring fifty-four inches around his waist, his amorous gaze lights upon the pretty teenager. Seated near him intentionally by her ambitious Catholic family, Katheryn readily succumbs to the courtship. Henry is besotted with his bride. He tells the world she is a rose without a thorn, and extols her beauty and her virtue. Katherine delights in the pleasures of being queen and the power she has to do good to others. She comes to love the ailing, obese king and tolerate his nightly attentions. If she can bear him a son, her triumph will be complete. But Katheryn has a past of which Henry knows nothing, and which comes back increasingly to haunt her--even as she courts danger yet again"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101966600
Characteristics: 456 pages : genealogical tables ; 25 cm.


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Feb 06, 2021

Katheryn is my least favourite of Henry’s wives; but Weir drew me into this novel with her portrayal of intense emotion. Katheryn was a naïve girl, who would have benefited from some guidance. It really is a tragic tale.

Jan 16, 2021

Once again, Weir gives us another very distinct point-of-view from a different one of Henry's wives: another facet of Henry himself, and a completely different character in Katheryn, naive, hedonistic, and tragic in the combination.

Aug 02, 2020

I didn't really know anything before about Henry's 5th wife, Katheryn Howard. Wow she was something else!

Jun 14, 2020

Allison Weir’s deep research continues to produce novels that show the characters of Henry the VIII’s wives. Yes, we know what happened to them, but in fleshing out the story, historian Weir can take them out of the history books and make them into real flesh and blood women. This book is no exception.

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