Published by Schwartz & Wade on May 1st 2018
Genres: Historical, Royalty, Young Adult
He was King Henry VIII, a charismatic and extravagant ruler obsessed with both his power as king and with siring a male heir.
They were his queens--six ill-fated women, each bound for divorce, or beheading, or death.
Watch spellbound as each of Henry's wives attempts to survive their unpredictable king and his power-hungry court. See the sword flash as fiery Anne Boleyn is beheaded for adultery. Follow Jane Seymour as she rises from bullied court maiden to beloved queen, only to die after giving birth. Feel Catherine Howard's terror as old lovers resurface and whisper vicious rumors to Henry's influential advisors. Experience the heartache of mothers as they lose son after son, heir after heir.
Told in stirring first-person accounts, Fatal Throne is at once provocative and heartbreaking, an epic tale that is also an intimate look at the royalty of the most perilous times in English history.
Fatal Throne is perfect for those just beginning to read about Henry VIII and his six wives. Each queen details and summarizes important periods in their life and individual downfalls. The accounts are simplistic and easy to read. After telling their stories, Henry has to get the last word and plays the victim in some form each time.
For those who are already well read on the Tudors, this book offers nothing new. What I did like, however, is that unlike some of the run-of-the-mill Tudor books—we get to see the importance of religion (whether Catholic or Protestant) was to women like Katharine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, and Kateryn Parr. It’s often overlooked for the more seedier happenings of the time. These women were more well-rounded, complicated individuals and not mere stereotypes to be boxed in.
The best perspective, I think, in this book was Anna (or Anne) of Cleves. She is often one of the more ignored ones aside from the whole ‘ugly’ business. Her story stood out to me above the others. I’m nitpicky about Katharine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, but they were passable for what this collection is supposed to be.