The Taming of the Queen (English)
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Author: Philippa Gregory
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 church-men 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 inti-mate portrayal of the last: a woman who longed for passion, power and educa-tion at the court of a medieval killer.