The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory is a historical-fiction novel originally released in 2015. In the author’s reading order suggestion, which follows real world history chronology, it is the 11th book in The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels (combination of Tudor Court and Cousins’ War series). The series freely adapts the history of England, especially the history of important female royal figures.
The book follows the story of King Henry VIII’ sixth and last wife, Kateryn Parr. As a religious leader who dared to articulate her mind, Kateryn knew the peril of being Queen for Henry. And when the people in the Kingdom outlawed the Protestants, her life was literally on the line.
Cover and Details of The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory (PDF)
- Title: The Taming of the Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, Book 11)
- Author: Philippa Gregory
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Date Published: August 13, 2015
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1471132978
- ISBN-13: 9781471132971
Summary of the Book
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…Henry adores his new bride and Kateryn’s trust in him grows as she unites the royal family…But is this enough to keep her safe?
A leader of religious reform and the first woman to publish in English, 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…
Reviews of The Taming of the Queen
“Who’s ever heard of Kateryn Parr? Henry VIII’s sixth wife was smart, independent—and managed to outlive him. In historical-fiction-queen Gregory’s latest, she’s unforgettable.” —People Magazine
“Gregory puts readers at the scene with visceral details.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Full of vivid details and fraught with the constant tension of a court run by a madman, this novel will appeal most to historical fiction readers and those who enjoyed Wolf Hall. . . . Gregory beautifully builds the suspense.” —Library Journal
“Gregory does her usual excellent job of ratcheting up the intrigue and suspense as another intelligent and strong-willed heroine fights for her life and her legacy.” —Booklist
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