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The last wife of Henry VIII, Carolly Erickson

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The last wife of Henry VIII
Title
The last wife of Henry VIII
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Carolly Erickson
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eng
Summary
Like most woman who lived during the Tudor dynasty, Catherine Parr endured a tumultuous life, used as a pawn for political gain. Catherine was eventually betrothed to King Henry VIII, a position which normally ended in humiliation and execution. Although she survived her husband's wrath and married her true love, Catherine paid a terrible price. Carolly Erikson unveils the story of the sixth queen, a strong woman who survived an England which was rife with social disorder
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  • Erickson, known best for her lively and popular histories (nearly 20 of them, including The Girl from Botany Bay and Bonnie Prince Charlie ) engages with this fictionalized, first-person life of Catherine Parr, who actually survived marriage to the dangerous and mercurial Henry Tudor (famously, of the six wives), and who is arguably his most interesting bride (not least because she had four husbands). Cultured, well-educated and beautiful, "Cat" catches Henry's eye as a young girl and variously benefits and suffers from his favor all her life. Often married to others when Henry is single, she is both attracted to and repelled by him, but understands him, she feels, better than most. The factional court tightrope Catherine walks is familiar, as is the religious one; her observations cast Princess Elizabeth (soon to be Elizabeth I) and Baron Thomas Seymour (a husband of Catherine's who wanted to marry Elizabeth) in a less-than-positive light, and the Church of England priests come off as corrupt as the Catholics they replaced. Catherine surprises and delights as her own woman, one who, in the end, gets everything she wants. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed May 29, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 22, p32)
  • Catherine Parr can be called the lucky one. She was the sixth wife of Henry VIII and managed to outlive him. But lucky is a relative term, as we see in Erickson’s new historical novel (after The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette ). Narrated from Catherine’s point of view, it recounts the tumultuous succession of King Henry’s wives, from Catherine of Aragon, when Parr was a small child, to the charming but ultimately adulterous Catherine Howard. While these marriages are taking place, we learn more about Parr herself—married three times, not once for love. And then in her thirties, when she finally weds a man she loves, she dies of childbed fever. Historian Erickson’s second foray into fiction is not as strong as her first, as some of the plot twists seem more for effect than based in historical fact. Still, she offers a good view of the intrigue and scheming in the court of Henry VIII. Descriptions of court and country life are well done and enrich the story. Recommended for public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/05.]—Anna M. Nelson, Collier Cty. P.L., Naples, FL --Anna M. Nelson (Reviewed October 15, 2006) (Library Journal, vol 131, issue 17, p51)
  • Biographer and historical-novelist Erickson (The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette, 2005, etc.) tackles the latest in her sequence of female royals.Erickson, who specializes in the lives of long-deceased European royalty, turns to the familiar lives of Henry VIII's six wives. Through the eyes of No. 6, Catherine (Cat) Parr, the reader snatches glimpses of all five predecessors in a story that filters out the complicated and dull bits of history, leaving only highlights, romance and action. Parr, born of royal blood herself, is blessed with extraordinarily modern insights, freedom of thought and initiative. At age 16, she rejects the elderly suitor arranged for her in favor of his grandson. After a prophetic dream, she becomes "the lady who saved the North for the crown" by exposing religious fraud and seemingly invoking a miracle. Although married twice before becoming queen, she and Henry enjoy a flirtatious relationship dating back to her teenage years, when he was in his prime—"his figure magnificent even from the rear." Their paths cross repeatedly while he works his way through two other Catherines, a pair of Annes and a Jane in search of a robust male heir. By the time Cat becomes his wife, Henry is fat, with rotting legs and little remaining virility, while she, despite her principles, has a lover, Thomas Seymour. After Henry's death, Cat marries Tom, though rumors swirl of his involvement with teenage royal heiress Elizabeth. Cat ends up duped, deserted and dead from childbearing.With errors of speech and geography, Erickson delivers a rattling, frothy narrative of questionable historical accuracy. (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2006)
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147271
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DLC
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1943-
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Erickson, Carolly
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3605.R53
LC item number
L37 2006
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Catharine Parr
  • Great Britain
  • Queens
Target audience
adult
Label
The last wife of Henry VIII, Carolly Erickson
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Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
326 pages
Isbn
9780312352189
Lccn
2006046404
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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68417010
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The last wife of Henry VIII, Carolly Erickson
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volume
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
326 pages
Isbn
9780312352189
Lccn
2006046404
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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68417010

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