The Taming of the Queen

The Taming of the Queen

Book - 2015
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By the #1 New York Times bestselling 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 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: New York :, Touchstone,, 2015
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476758794
Branch Call Number: FIC Grego
Characteristics: 450 pages : maps


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May 31, 2020

After The Kingmaker's Daughter

Mar 21, 2020

Another good read by Philippa Gregory. This one about Kateryn Parr, the queen who survived Henry VIII. I learned more about the Protestant vs Catholic struggle, and about how women were treated.

Dec 28, 2017

Kateryn Parr was madly in love with Thomas when she caught the eye on King Henry VIII. She could refuse neither his attentions nor his marriage proposal, and thus became his sixth and final wife. Her story brought to life the commitment people had to the king; he was considered divine, therefore his decisions and commandments were infallible. They also knew him to be petty and unforgiving; if he felt slighted or even bored, he did not hesitate to order them killed. The debasement they consented to in order to escape his bad graces was profound.
Her story also highlighted her intellect and scholarly work on interpreting the Bible for common people. Great minds were regularly invited to speak to her and her ladies, and they ardently discussed the ideas and the wording to best capture the nuances of meaning. An interesting picture of the times.

Aug 26, 2016

I was all but ready to stop reading Philippa Gregory’s novels for good, but then I found out that she was writing a novel from the perspective of Henry’s last queen; therefore, this would, no doubt, include the death of the tyrant, and I must say I was very impressed. Kathryn Parr was a strong woman but, even she diminished under the chubby palm of this oafish King who buried four wives.

Aug 17, 2016

Really enjoyable, and at times terrifying novel about the life of Kathryn Parr, Henry VIII's last wife, during her four years as queen at the court of a king who was unpredictable to say the least. Very good characterization of the main character, Parr herself.

Feb 21, 2016

Not as good as her earlier work. Tedious and repetitive.

Feb 03, 2016

Loved the book.. Philippa Gregory has done a spectacular job in translating historically accurate information into a fiction filled with the anxiety, uncertainty and domination that women (and men) faced under the rule of Henry VIII. Bravo.

ehbooklover Jan 07, 2016

Another great historical read by one of my favourite authors. Every time I read one of Gregory's books it makes me unbelievably grateful that I wasn't a woman during this time period. Compelling, well-researched, and hard to put down.

Nov 14, 2015

Great read - author, as usual is very detailed.

Oct 28, 2015

Very accurate. Many quotations in the novel were really said, as well as events. Phillippa Gregory did her homework very well. The story is intriguing; gives one pause on how King Henry VIII ruled his kingdom; the way he treated his subjects and his queens. Interesting chapter in English history. Good read.

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