Published by Simon and Schuster on August 25th 2015
Genres: Fiction, General, Historical, Literary, Romance
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 a published author, 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...
I wasn’t a big fan of the last two Philippa Gregory books I read (one of them being a DNF if I can remember). In fact, I was about to quit reading her works altogether because they didn’t seem to catch my interest anymore. But I gave her another shot.
The Taming of the Queen follows Kateryn’s rise to the throne and the turmoil of life being married to a man of many thunderous moods. She’s the wife I know the least about and I enjoyed reading about her life. But my biggest issue, what kept me from really loving the book, was that Kateryn was being overshadowed by her passion for Thomas Seymour. I felt her desire for learning, scholarship, reformation was underwritten compared to the longing for Thomas’ love and safety. I get it. She loved him. But to reduce her to that…I don’t know. *shrug*