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Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen (2016)

– tekijä: Alison Weir

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Sarjat: Six Tudor Queens (1)

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"Bestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir takes on what no fiction writer has done before: creating a dramatic six-book series in which each novel covers one of King Henry VIII's wives. In this captivating opening volume, Weirbrings to life the tumultuous tale of Katherine of Aragon, Henry's first, devoted, and "true" queen. A princess of Spain, Catalina is only sixteen years old when she sets foot on the shores of England. The youngest daughter of the powerful monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, Catalina is a coveted prize for a royal marriage--and Arthur, Prince of Wales, and heir to the English throne, has won her hand. But tragedy strikes and Catalina, now Princess Katherine, is betrothed to the future Henry VIII. She must wait for his coming-of-age, an ordeal that tests her resolve, casts doubt on her trusted confidantes, and turns her into a virtual prisoner. Katherine's patience is rewarded when she becomes Queen of England. The affection between Katherine and Henry is genuine, but forces beyond her control threaten to rend her marriage, and indeed the nation, apart. Henry has fallen under the spell of Katherine's maid of honor, Anne Boleyn. Now Katherine must be prepared to fight, to the end if God wills it, for her faith, her legitimacy, and her heart. Advance praise for Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen "In this first novel of the Six Tudor Queens series, Alison Weir dazzlingly brings Katherine of Aragon to life. Based on extensive new research, it is a portrayal that shatters the many myths about Henry VIII's long-suffering first wife. Far from being the one-dimensional victim of history, she emerges as a charismatic, indomitable, and courageous heroine whose story never fails toenthrall."--Tracy Borman, author of Thomas Cromwell "Yet again, Alison Weir has managed to intertwine profound historical knowledge with huge emotional intelligence, to compose a work that throws light on an endlessly fascinating figure. But her real gift in all of this is making it feel so fresh and alive."--Charles Spencer, author of Killers of the King Acclaim for the novels of Alison Weir The Marriage Game "Entrancing. Weir manages to weave actual history and the imagined kind together seamlessly."--Huntington News "Weir's credible characters and blend of the personal and political will sweep up readers of this engrossing behind-the-scenes psychological portrait of Elizabeth."--Publishers Weekly A Dangerous Inheritance "A juicy mix of romance, drama and Tudor history. pure bliss for today's royal watchers."--Ladies' Home Journal "Highly compelling [with] plenty to keep readers enthralled."--Historical Novel Review Captive Queen "Should be savored. Weir wastes no time captivating her audience."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer "Stunning. As always, Weir renders the bona fide plot twists of her heroine's life with all the mastery of a thriller author, marrying historical fact with licentious fiction."--The Denver Post"-- "Young Katherine of Aragon, daughter of Spain's powerful monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, was an exquisite prize in the royal marriage market. Golden-haired, sixteen years old, she was sent to England to marry the future king, Arthur, Prince of Wales. But when Arthur died a few months after their wedding, Katherine's bright future was suddenly eclipsed. It took his younger brother Henry VIII eight long years to do the honorable thing and marry her. Their union was briefly happy until Katherine failed to bear a son, and Anne Boleyn caught Henry's eye."--… (lisätietoja)
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 17) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Insightful, tragic, and educational, but not fun. I didn't know much about Katherine of Aragon, and only a little about her awful second husband Henry VIII. The story of her life was interesting throughout, though very sad. I really appreciated the way that the values and priorities of the characters reflected their own time and were so out of place with modern sensibilities. Katherine was so often painfully naïve and failed to act in what seemed to me to her own best interests, but her reasoning was consistently sound and clearly rooted in her clearly-expressed emotions and deeply-held beliefs. I don't know if there would be a way to tell this story that was heartwarming or exciting, but the (real-life) depressing and frustrating elements of the story kept me from enjoying it all the way through. ( )
  wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
I actually enjoyed this portrait of Katherine from first arrival in England to her death. I'm a fan of the Tudor period. This was well written and easy light enjoyable reading.
***Yet, I'm tired of the misogynistic view of Anne Boleyn as home wrecker and Katherine as the helpless ingenue***: unwilling to speak ill of either her husband the King or her rival Anne Boleyn. Both seem simplistic portraits of such complex women.

***Edited to add: This is the problem I have with this book. I was not expecting Katherine to like Anne but there's no need to perpetuate sexist stereotypes in this storyline. It's tiresome, dated and inaccurate.
If this review bothers you personally or you think is unfair to the author or Katherine. That's great! If we are friends let's engage, otherwise, your opinions belong in your review.
Thanks!***

Weir is one of my favorite somewhat inaccurate/casual historians so I'm disappointed in this showing.
Henry chose to divorce Katherine. He then chose to cut off Anne's head. I find the suggestion that Anne had power over him insulting.
Why set her up as the master villain in this situation when history clearly has Henry repeating this asshole pattern of behavior with multiple people in his life decades after Anne's murder. Not just his wives, he has friends and relatives killed as well. Henry was a tyrant and he, not Anne, is responsible for the fate of Katherine of Aragon. I don't expect Katherine to have that view in this book but I don't expect the author to use outdated sexist stereotyping to make her point either. If she can't do better than that with the skills at hand then she is a poor fiction writer. I've read most of her books and she is indeed a poor fiction writer. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
Royal Reads
excellent ( )
  mahallett | Aug 18, 2020 |
I've been wanting to read this series for a long time, because I have been interested in British Royalty since a child and read the Last Plantagents by Thomas Costain. The BBC series on the 6 Wives of Henry VIII in the 70's was fantastic and only fueled my interest. So why did I have such a hard getting through this book? I got it out of the library 3 times and just couldn't get very far. But this time I promised myself that it would be different and I would finish it because I have the next 4 wives waiting to be read. I knew a little about Katherine of Aragon, but I'm not sure that I wanted to know as much as was included in this book.

I know that this author is very well thought of for historical accuracy and for bringing to life the people of the past, but this Katherine, IMHO, should have stayed buried. She was constantly complaining to people that she was put upon by Henry VII and when she did marry Henry VIII, she was constantly whining about how God wouldn't bless her with a healthy child and how Henry had a roving eye.

So many times while I was reading I just wanted to say "Suck it up, princess!"

Would I recommend this book, maybe if you know nothing of the period or the people, but otherwise it was extremely repetitive throughout. ( )
  cyderry | Mar 3, 2020 |
Very long read!!!!

Wow! Six hundred pages detailing the life of Katherine of Aragon. As the first wife of Henry the Eighth, she was married to him the longest and I do believe that she loved him better than his subsequent wives. The pressure to bear an heir was tremendously overwhelming in her time. Imagine having the future of your own country riding on you. She bore the pressure as well as she could, but it obviously was not enough. Henry's treatment of her is appalling. Putting her away and breaking away from the church sounds very extreme. But in this book, Henry proves that he will do anything for a son. It's a long long book that is well researched and very informative. However I don't think I am going to reread this book again. ( )
  caslater83 | Jun 2, 2019 |
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"Bestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir takes on what no fiction writer has done before: creating a dramatic six-book series in which each novel covers one of King Henry VIII's wives. In this captivating opening volume, Weirbrings to life the tumultuous tale of Katherine of Aragon, Henry's first, devoted, and "true" queen. A princess of Spain, Catalina is only sixteen years old when she sets foot on the shores of England. The youngest daughter of the powerful monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, Catalina is a coveted prize for a royal marriage--and Arthur, Prince of Wales, and heir to the English throne, has won her hand. But tragedy strikes and Catalina, now Princess Katherine, is betrothed to the future Henry VIII. She must wait for his coming-of-age, an ordeal that tests her resolve, casts doubt on her trusted confidantes, and turns her into a virtual prisoner. Katherine's patience is rewarded when she becomes Queen of England. The affection between Katherine and Henry is genuine, but forces beyond her control threaten to rend her marriage, and indeed the nation, apart. Henry has fallen under the spell of Katherine's maid of honor, Anne Boleyn. Now Katherine must be prepared to fight, to the end if God wills it, for her faith, her legitimacy, and her heart. Advance praise for Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen "In this first novel of the Six Tudor Queens series, Alison Weir dazzlingly brings Katherine of Aragon to life. Based on extensive new research, it is a portrayal that shatters the many myths about Henry VIII's long-suffering first wife. Far from being the one-dimensional victim of history, she emerges as a charismatic, indomitable, and courageous heroine whose story never fails toenthrall."--Tracy Borman, author of Thomas Cromwell "Yet again, Alison Weir has managed to intertwine profound historical knowledge with huge emotional intelligence, to compose a work that throws light on an endlessly fascinating figure. But her real gift in all of this is making it feel so fresh and alive."--Charles Spencer, author of Killers of the King Acclaim for the novels of Alison Weir The Marriage Game "Entrancing. Weir manages to weave actual history and the imagined kind together seamlessly."--Huntington News "Weir's credible characters and blend of the personal and political will sweep up readers of this engrossing behind-the-scenes psychological portrait of Elizabeth."--Publishers Weekly A Dangerous Inheritance "A juicy mix of romance, drama and Tudor history. pure bliss for today's royal watchers."--Ladies' Home Journal "Highly compelling [with] plenty to keep readers enthralled."--Historical Novel Review Captive Queen "Should be savored. Weir wastes no time captivating her audience."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer "Stunning. As always, Weir renders the bona fide plot twists of her heroine's life with all the mastery of a thriller author, marrying historical fact with licentious fiction."--The Denver Post"-- "Young Katherine of Aragon, daughter of Spain's powerful monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, was an exquisite prize in the royal marriage market. Golden-haired, sixteen years old, she was sent to England to marry the future king, Arthur, Prince of Wales. But when Arthur died a few months after their wedding, Katherine's bright future was suddenly eclipsed. It took his younger brother Henry VIII eight long years to do the honorable thing and marry her. Their union was briefly happy until Katherine failed to bear a son, and Anne Boleyn caught Henry's eye."--

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