The Last Wife of Henry VIII

The Last Wife of Henry VIII

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Author of The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette

Courageous, attractive, romantic, intelligent, Catherine Parr became the sixth wife of Henry VIII. Her story, as Carolly Erickson re-creates it, is page-turning drama: from the splendors of the Field of the Cloth of Gold to the gory last years of the outsize King Henry, when heads rolled and England trembled, Catherine bestrode her destiny and survived to marry her true love.

Catherine Parr attracted the king's lust and, though much in love with the handsome Thomas Seymour, was thrown into the intrigue-filled snake pit of the royal court. While victims of the king's wrath suffered torture and execution, Catherine persevered--until, at last, she came within the orbit of the royal fury. King Henry toyed with her, first ordering her arrested, then granting her clemency. She managed to evade execution, but she knew that the king had his wandering eye fixed on wife number seven.

She was spared by his death and married the attractive but dangerously unbalanced Seymour. Her triumph was shadowed by rivalry with the young Princess Elizabeth, whose lands and influence the lecherous Seymour coveted. Catherine won the contest, but at great cost.

In The Last Wife of Henry VIII, critically acclaimed author Carolly Erickson brings this dramatic story of survival and redemption to life.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2006.
ISBN: 9780312352189
Characteristics: 326 p. ;,24 cm.


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Mar 17, 2013

A great read about Catherine Parr's early life. She was portrayed rather well, but some of the information about Anne Bourchier/Parr is inaccurate. The book documents her early marriages and later regency as Queen of England.

MustangSally Nov 29, 2011

'Cat' Parr was the last wife of Henry VIII. This book tells of her life before her marriage to the famous king and paints an intriguing picture of court life. The reader is shown that Henry VIII was a dangerous and moody man, yet people were drawn to him. An enjoyable read.

Jan 18, 2010

An excellent account of the sixth and last wife of Henry VIII. An often ignored queen- and one who was able to keep her head following her loveless marriage to the repulsive king.

Nov 22, 2006

Catherine Parr meets her royal husband when she is only six years old on the Field of Gold when Henry is greeting Francis of France. She also meets her future rival, Anne Boleyn. Even though Anne has been executed by the time Catherine marries Henry, Anne''s shadow follows every successor. But this is not just about being Henry''s wife - Catherine has two husbands before Henry and one after his death. As the only one to survive this famous monarch, Catherine''s brains must lead her through the thorny path of the Royal Court in a time where anyone may lose their head. This compelling read exposes the life of one of Henry VIII''s wives in a manner that stirs the reader''s interest in a life previously unappreciated by other writers.

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