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The Confession of Katherine Howard by Suzannah Dunn
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Sep 10, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: those-wacky-tudors

Definitely lesser Tudor fiction, nothing to compare with the sublime Phillipa Gregory or Carolly Erickson. It doesn't help that this episode deals with some of the stupidest and least appealing characters in the Tudor saga: hot-to-trot teen queen Katherine Howard and her far too merrie men. Kate's girlhood companion and frenemy, Catherine Tylney recounts the familiar tale of their debauched upbringing in the Howard household, of Kate's scheming ways, her unexpected elevation to queen, and the adulterous scandal that eventually trapped not only Kate and Catherine, but Catherine's beloved Francis. The naivete and innocence of the protagonists might be believable for those unfamiliar with the real story, but for Tudor-philes it will be hard to swallow. The real life Catherine and Francis were both accomplished schemers as well, who played loose and fast with the truth when it suited them. Neither had the slightest scruple about betraying Kate once their own lives were threatened.

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