November – Book of the Month

“The Taming of the Queen” by Philippa Gregory

Katheryn Parr – perhaps the least known, but possibly one of the most influential, of Henry VIII’s six wives.

Although she did not give Henry another son, that he so desperately wanted, she did leave a lasting legacy.

Katheryn brought Henry’s three children to court and created a family. None of them had experienced such a thing before. By doing so Henry perhaps learned that his children were more than just pawns in the game of power.

When Katheryn acted as Regent when Henry was at war in France, Henry’s daughter, Elizabeth, the future queen, would have seen, and learned, that a woman can rule.

For the first time, Katheryn gave the English an English prayer book, translated by herself. She was the first woman to publish in English.

By treading very carefully during terrifying times, and bending to the king’s will, Katheryn Parr managed to survive 4 years of marriage to one of England’s most notorious Kings.

Philippa Gregory continues to intrigue, with her interpretation of the Tudors.

“Well worth the read” Liz, Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre Guide.

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