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.
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.
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.
Not as good as her earlier work. Tedious and repetitive.
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.
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.
Great read - author, as usual is very detailed.
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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