7.29.2007

Book Review: The Last Wife of Henry VIII



the Last Wife of Henry VIII by Carolly Erickson

I swear this was on my TBR list *before* I began watching The Tudors! :-)

This novel (by the same author as The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette) focuses on the life - and loves - of Catherine Parr, Henry VIII's final wife, who outlived him by a number of years.

Parr was well known not only for surviving Henry's court, but for being the most married queen - four husbands in total. This novel makes the realities of court and of her loves much more real, and is written in a great first person manner, easily explaining this woman and how she became ensnared in Henry's world. Great setting, great intrique, great characters...good

Another good addition to the Tudor fiction canon created by Philippa Gregory and Robin Maxwell!

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