Book reviewing time! And, this will be the last Philippa Gregory book I review for a while I promise.. I have done so many of hers this year, well over the past 4-5 months anyway! So here is my review of the book “The Taming of the Queen” by Philippa Greogory, let’s do this!
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 churchmen 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 intimate portrayal of the last: a woman who longed for passion, power and education at the court of a medieval killer.
I personally have never paid much attention to the 6th and final wife of Henry VIII, simply because she is the one that out lived him. The rest has such a harrowing time while being queen I ave always found their stories more interesting. But, simply due to the fact she out lived him, I haven’t showed much interest. Well, really this book proved to me I should have.
Katherine Parr was Henry VIII’s final wife out of the 6 that he had, they never had any children and Henry was indeed a very old man by the time they married. His wound on his leg had reach an ultimate disgusting level meaning the stench he carried around with him on a daily basis was unbearable, but his quest for a last wife before his death was still imminent. Henry VIII wanted to marry right up till his death and, I don’t personally feel this was for the reason of carrying on with an heir anymore, I feel this was due to the wanting of company and chatter with a woman if I am honest. And this is what he got, Katherine became his final wife but not only that, his career.
Overall Katherine’s life was very sad, she lost her first husband after being his career in his late life, she was refused her marriage to the love of her life Thomas Seymour and she was forced to marry the King where again she became a career all over again. All through this book you feel sorry for her as a human, because not at one point of her life before the kings death has seemed happy. He humiliated her due to her beliefs and made her beg for his forgiveness in front of a room of men and had a very sharp tongue with her. It is no secret that Henry VIII has a temperamental personality, he could switch at the drop of a hat and this made being at court a hard harrowing task for many, so to have been his wife during this time would of been harder then anything else since you would of taken the backlash of his anger and pain.
After Henry’s death Katherine finally married Seymour and homed Elizabeth 1st, however her happiness was not meant to last since she died just two years into his marriage at child birth, let alone the rumours that her husband was trying to groom the young Elizabeth so he could become married to her and have some right to being King, which Katherine did become aware of.
This book for me though was very informative, Parr is not a wife that is written about a lot, so Gregory does in my eyes paint this very clear picture of how things were for her. 10/10, again. Philippa Gregory is just awesome, I would recommend her to anyone that wants to read Historical Fiction on events that are real but the conversations might always be 100% what was said.
With love, Charlotte x