The Taming of the Queen
by Philippa Gregory Published by Simon and Schuster
on August 25th 2015 Genres: Fiction
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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...
His last wife. The luckiest of them all. Kateryn Parr, Queen of England.
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*
Three Sisters, Three Queens
by Philippa Gregory Published by Touchstone
on August 9th 2016 Genres: Fiction
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory, the little-known story of three Tudor women who are united in sisterhood and yet compelled to be rivals when they fulfill their destinies as queens.As sisters they share an everlasting bond; as queens they can break each other’s hearts… When Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret, takes her measure. With one look, each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined—with Margaret’s younger sister Mary—to a unique sisterhood. The three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland, and France. United by family loyalties and affections, the three queens find themselves set against each other. Katherine commands an army against Margaret and kills her husband James IV of Scotland. But Margaret’s boy becomes heir to the Tudor throne when Katherine loses her son. Mary steals the widowed Margaret’s proposed husband, but when Mary is widowed it is her secret marriage for love that is the envy of the others. As they experience betrayals, dangers, loss, and passion, the three sisters find that the only constant in their perilous lives is their special bond, more powerful than any man, even a king.
Three Sisters, Three Queens follows the stories of three women as they live and fight through life-shattering ordeals of love, loss, and the whims of powerful men. Queen Katherine, Queen Margaret, and Queen Mary shared many things in common, but their fates proved much different.
I think I’m completely burned out on Philippa Gregory’s books. They’re not as good as I remember. And this one was, admittingly, a challenge to finish. It was so long and dull. I wasn’t a fan of how Margaret was written. She was insufferable. Actually, there weren’t many characters who weren’t annoying in some way. Her first husband was the most interesting.
I know the book is supposed to show their bond as sisters and queens, but I didn’t get that impression. Katherine is put on a pedestal of sorts (in Margaret’s mind) while Margaret spends most of the book trying to prove herself and be better than Katherine solely for her own satisfaction. And Mary was mostly a nonentity, spending frivolous letters to Margaret. It felt like a waste of time.
Hate to say it…but Wikipedia has a lot more spunk. I haven’t given up on PG’s books yet, but I still can’t help but be hesitant.