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The Taming of the Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #11)
If you want a demonstration of "coercive control" and domestic abuse then look no further than this examination of the marriage of Henry VIII and his sixth wife, Kateryn Parr. Philippa Gregory's Henry is by turns petulant, monstrous, pathetic, psychopathic and manipulative. Like a lot of the author's books, the story is told from the point of view of Kateryn which does mean many events have to be related to her by third parties. In this respect, the narrative style is unimaginative and we get expositions of the religious conflicts of the time via lengthy conversations between the Queen's ladies in waiting....tell rather than show. Gregory imagines for the reader the intimate details of Henry and Kateryn's relationship and this is at times touching and at other times terrifying.
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