The Taming of the Queen
by Philippa Gregory
Editor: Simon & Schuster Ltd
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Why would a woman marry a serial killerBecause she can’t refuseKateryn Parr, a thirty-year-old widow in secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when a man old enough to be his father who buried him four wives – King Henry VIII – commands his marriage with himKateryn has no doubt about the danger she faces: the previous queen lasted sixteen months, the previous one barely half a yearBut Henry adores his new wife and Kateryn trusted him grows as she unites the royal family, creates a radical study circle in the heart of the court, and rules the kingdom as RegentBut is that enough to ensure his safetyA leader of religious reform and the first woman to publish in English, Kateryn stands out as an independent woman with a spirit of her own.But she can’t save the Protestants, under the threat of their faith, and Henry’s dangerous gaze turns on herThe traditional clergymen and rivals to be able to accuse him of heresy – the punishment is death by fire and the king’s name is on the warrantFrom an author who described Henry’s set of queens comes deeply intimate representation of the latter: a woman who dreamed of passion, power and education at the court of the medieval city of killer
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