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by Elizabeth Fremantle

Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, England, Tudor Period
Sensuality: HOT
Setting: Tudor England

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Fremantle joins the crowded ranks of historical authors tackling the Tudor court, although — in a refreshing change — she focuses on the end of Henry VIII’s reign and arguably his savviest wife, Katherine Parr. Filled with all the intrigue, fear and secrecy that Tudor-era aficionados love, Fremantle’s earthy, vivid descriptions bring the era and her characters — especially wise and compassionate Katherine — to life. Fans of Philippa Gregory will find their Tudor fix in this engrossing, if familiar, tale.

Summoned to the court after her husband’s death, Katherine Parr is introduced to the dashing Thomas Seymour, whose extravagant style and handsome looks have earned him a reputation as a heartbreaker. Levelheaded Katherine initially resists his overtures, but eventually falls deeply in love. However, the ailing yet powerful king has had his eye on Katherine since before her husband’s death, and he won’t be denied. Once she is queen, Katherine’s fervor for religious reform pits her against powerful Catholic officials, and even Henry himself. It will take all of her wits and the help of her loyal retinue — namely her physician Robert Huicke and her chambermaid Dorothy Fownten — to escape the terrifying fate of Henry’s previous wives. (SIMON AND SCHUSTER, Aug., 432 pp., $26.00)

Reviewed By: Audrey Goodson Kingo


Published: August 2013

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