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Katheryn Howard: The Scandalous Queen

(Six Tudor Queens #5)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Alison Weir, historian and author of the Sunday Times-bestselling Six Tudor Queens series, relates one of the most tragic stories in English history: Katheryn Howard, Henry VIII's fifth queen.

A naive girl, thrust forward by her ambitious family. A pretty girl, who has captured the heart of the King. Katheryn sings, she dances, she delights in the pleasures of being queen.
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Expected publication: May 14th 2020 by Ballantine Books
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Roman Clodia
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Pulling down his hose, he entered her and rode her like a stallion.

DNF @ 30%

OK, I give up, this one is just too packed with appalling writing (see quotations below). Weir is iffy as a novelist, for me, but her Catherine of Aragon and, to a lesser extent, Anne Boleyn books in this series were at least faithful to the sources and focused on the early lives of these women before they came into the orbit of Henry VIII as well as, in Catherine's case, her life after the divorce.

Her Jane Seymour
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Cathleen Ross
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always love Alison Weir's books but what I especially enjoy is her interpretations of the characters and their motivations, from "the nasty obsession" of Francis Dereham to the equally horrible Thomas Culpepper. Equally chilling is the guidance from her Norfolk uncle who will do anything to get a Howard woman on the throne but who is quick to distance himself at the fall. With this swirling around her, Katheryn learns to fall in love with the impotent Henry who treats her as the gift she is, ...more
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Katheryn Howard: The Tainted Queen is the fifth entry in Alison Weir's Six Tudor Queens.

In 1528, a seven-year-old Katheryn is set adrift when her mother dies. Her father, Edmund, is an aristocratic ne'er-do-well. Motherless, Katheryn travels with her elder half-sister, Isabel, to a maternal aunt where she finds both security and happiness. Sadly, death strikes once more. Returned to her father's care, Isabel is soon married, and Edmund appointed to a position in Calais. Once again, Katheryn is
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Alison Weir is a British writer of history books for the general public, mostly in the form of biographies about British kings and queens, and of historical fiction. Before becoming an author, Weir worked as a teacher of children with special needs. She received her formal training in history at teacher training
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