The first of Henry VIII’s six wives came to England betrothed, in a carefully wrought political alliance, to the unlucky prince Arthur, who died shortly thereafter. She would eventually ascend the throne as Henry’s queen in a tumultuous era. Even readers familiar with the divorce that shook England’s religious foundations may not know much of Catherine’s eventful reign — which included a battlefield victory while Henry was abroad. Giles Tremlett is alive to the interplay of Spanish and English history that makes Catherine’s life an engrossing tale.
About the Writer
Now Editor-in-Chief of the Barnes & Noble Review, veteran bookseller James Mustich was a founder, and for twenty years publisher, of the book catalogue A Common Reader.