Kateryn Parr: The Making of a Queen

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The influence of Kateryn Parr on the history and events of the latter half of the sixteenth century in England has been largely overlooked by historians. Perceived by many as a colourless and unimaginative figure, her life in fact contained many of the features of romantic fiction: personal peril, clandestine romance, war, jealous husbands and royal matrimony. Parr was a keen exponent of power politics, an active patron of the arts and a recognized author herself. Arguably the first queen of the English Reformation, Kateryn Parr's life and works are seminal to an understanding of the Tudor period. In this meticulously researched study, Susan James discusses the impact that Kateryn Parr and her brother William had on Henry VIII's court. Part One of the book charts the childhood and early adult lives of Kateryn, William and their sister Anne. Part Two discusses Kateryn's influential position brought about by her marriage to Henry, and the vital role she played in guaranteeing the survival of her stepdaughter, Elizabeth, to become queen. The book also explores the strategies that Parr employed during her queenship and the ways in which some of these were later adopted by Elizabeth I.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
Genealogy 6
Pt. 1 The Parrs of Kendal
1 The Parrs of Kendal 9
2 'Ripe and Seasonable Knowledge' 22
3 Civil War in the Household of the Duke of Richmond 40
4 In Search of a Title 52
5 The Parrs and the Pilgrimage of Grace 71
6 'All our Immoderate Affections' 87
Pt. 2 'Kateryn, the Quene'
7 'The Quene's Grace' 111
8 'Most Honourable and Entirely Beloved Mother' 130
9 Patronage and the Queen's Household 145
10 Regent-General of England 164
11 'The Boke of the Crucifix' 189
12 'All the Words of Angels' 221
13 Fall from Grace 253
14 'Very Shadows and Dreams' 281
15 'Requests and Desires' 294
16 Lord Seymour of Sudeley 314
17 'The End of Summer' 324
Pt. 3 'My Lord Marquess of Northampton'
18 The Fall of Somerset 343
19 The Great Garter Embassy of 1551 359
20 The Fall of Northumberland 368
21 'That Soote Season' 383
App. I The Love-Letters of Queen Kateryn Parr and Thomas Seymour 403
App. II The Queen's Prayers 414
App. III The Will of Margaret Neville 417
App. IV Portraits of the Queen 419
App. V 'The Quene's Juelles' 423
App. VI Maud, Lady Parr's, Jewels 432
App. VII The Sudeley Chest 435
App. VIII The Parr Mummies 443
Select Bibliography 445
Index 455
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