Wednesday, October 07, 2009

New Release, Katherine The Queen by Linda Porter

Oooh, this one looks really good. I am waiting patiently until it release date. But it is so far off...March 12Th 2010!
"The general perception of Katherine Parr, the sixth and last wife of Henry VIII, is that she was a provincial nobody with intellectual pretensions who became queen of England because the king needed a matronly consort to nurse him as his health declined. In the various studies of the six wives of Henry VIII she receives much less attention than Katherine of Aragon or Anne Boleyn. Her main achievement, in the famous rhyme about Henry's six wives, is that she 'survived'. Yet the real Katherine Parr was attractive, passionate (she had a mighty temper when aroused) ambitious and highly intelligent. She was thirty years old (younger than Anne Boleyn had been) when she married the king. Twice widowed, 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. It would remain so after Henry's death, when she hastily and secretly married her old flame, the rakish Sir Thomas Seymour. Katherine died shortly after giving birth to her only child in September 1548, her brief happiness undermined by the very public flirtation of her husband and step-daughter, Princess Elizabeth. Despite the vivid interest of her life, this is the first full-scale, accessible biography of this fascinating woman who was, in reality, one of the most influential and active queen consorts in English history."

8 comments:

  1. Mary Luke wrote a biographical novel about Katherine called The Ivy Crown and the used HB can be purchased for a whole penny. The bits I have read seem very promising and I had no idea how well-born she was.

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  2. Sound good, my favorite part of Catherine is that she was one of a few women that had actually published some work. A very interesting point that she was a published author in a time when women were not general published.

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  3. I am also really psyched about this book, but you are right, it's a long way off. I will be interested in hearing what you think of it when you do get a chance to read it.

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  4. Oh I will be reading this one. I love Catherine she is a woman I can admire.

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  5. We have to wait until March? I can't wait to get my hands on this one! Katherine Parr is so darn interesting.

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  6. I know it will be hard to wait so long!

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