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The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory

Taming_Of_The_Queen_Cover.jpgPhilippa Gregory’s latest novel, The Taming Of The Queen, takes us out of the world of the War of the Roses and back to the times of Henry VIII. This book covers the story of Kateryn Parr, the last wife of the notorious king, from his proposal of marriage to his death nearly four years later.

This engrossing and all encompassing book is a story of survival rather than one of love. By this time, the aging Henry is morbidly obese, physically rotting, extremely volatile, and murderous. Over the course of the novel, we see Kateryn fight against all odds to keep the king’s favor ­– and more importantly, and literally – her head while the political landscape rapidly shifts around her. 

The Tudor court genre has rapidly expanded in recent years in a slew of non-fiction, often featuring over-the-top romance. The Taming of the Queen combines fictionalized personal hardship with history to realistically portray Kateryn as a woman ahead of her time, trapped against her will, in one of the most frightening situations imaginable; she is constantly surrounded by reminders of her five predecessors and insecure position.

While this novel, coming in at around 450 pages, requires a reader to make a significant investment of time, The Taming of the Queen is well worth the read and is truly one of the best Tudor novels to come out in the last few years. 

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Andrew Scarafile

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