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This is a biographical fictional account of Catherine ¿Cat¿ Parr, the real survivor having become King Henry Tudor¿s only widow.. Interestingly, Cat in some ways matches the deviousness of Henry by outlasting four spouses Henry being her number three. Henry was drawn...
This is a biographical fictional account of Catherine ¿Cat¿ Parr, the real survivor having become King Henry Tudor¿s only widow.. Interestingly, Cat in some ways matches the deviousness of Henry by outlasting four spouses Henry being her number three. Henry was drawn to the intelligent and beautiful Cat when she was still a teen, but they married others until she became number six on his death card though by then he was aging and obese so that she became his final chapter. In fact after Henry died Cat married her lover. Whereas her predecessors, new rivals, and his two daughters are looked upon as losers, she laments that Henry¿s Church of England is more corrupt than the Papacy it replaced, as priests expected to be bought, which she used to achieve her desires.-------------- Carolly Erickson¿s tale is interesting as it brings out the Machiavellian marital machinations of the fifteenth century English aristocracy in which loving relationships took a back seat to power marriages. Though over titillating at times as if the reader is a voyeur, THE LAST WIFE OF HENRY VIII is a fascinating look at the last woman standing.---------------- Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

A historical novel that failed History

I believe that if you¿re going to write a historical novel, that you have a duty to present an accurate history. While you may imagine personalities and dialog and invent servants and other minor figures, when it comes to the main players in your story, you should stic...
I believe that if you¿re going to write a historical novel, that you have a duty to present an accurate history. While you may imagine personalities and dialog and invent servants and other minor figures, when it comes to the main players in your story, you should stick to the facts in the historical record. Carolly Ericson plays fast and loose with the facts in The Last Wife of Henry VIII. As I was reading through the novel I kept coming across bits and pieces that didn¿t fit with my knowledge of Tudor history. I could forgive this if she¿d written a compelling novel, but the fact is, I never felt the slightest bit sympathetic for our heroine, Catherine Parr, who comes across as a bit of a weak willed ninny. One of the reasons I love to read historical novels is that feeling of being immersed in the history, of being there. The novelist has to have done their research to be able to build a realistic representation of the era that they¿re writing about. I¿ve read extensively about the Tudors and Elizabethans, and again and again I ran across details in this novel that made me go, ¿Huh, is that right?¿ After I finished the book it took just a few minutes on the Internet to confirm my suspicions that the authro got many, many of the historical details in the novel wrong. If you like historical fiction, I recommend trying Phillipa Gregory or Alison Weir, both of whom are excellent writers.

posted by Anonymous on August 27, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Couldn't put it down

    I absolutely loved this book and had a hard time putting it down. If you don't mind a few liberties being taken with the history, this is a very enjoyable book.

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

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    Highly Recommended!

    This was an excellent book that went in depth in the life of Catherine Parr, the last wife of King Henry VIII. She are not that many books that tell the tale of Catherine Parr from her point of view. It was a very interesting read...I read the entire book in one day while I was snowed in. :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2010

    Good read...

    I liked it!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2009

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    WORTH READING

    Very well written and interesting.
    This book held my attention.
    I will read this one again and other books by the same author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2009

    The Last Wife of Henry VIII

    Because I read just a bit before going to bed, I have to go back and review the characters sometimes but I love history so it has been a very interesting book to read. I don't know if it is historically correct and true but makes for good reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2008

    Pretty Good

    I liked it ok. I found it interesting, but I have read better books.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2008

    Not bad at all

    I really enjoyed this book. I had read other novels about Catherine Parr and this had a unique take on the events, especially about the time before she became queen. Some things plotwise didn't really go with what I've read in history books, but enjoyable none the less. I'd recommend it to someone who isn't a stickler about true facts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2007

    It's a Good Book

    I liked this book because it was interesting yet believable. The characters were realistic and full of life. There were some parts that bored me slightly, but overall, it was a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2007

    first person and fun

    it is an interesting novel that gives a good story of what may have happened to Catherine Parr. I read it in one day and really enjoyed the characters and telling of the tale.

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