Kateryn Parr: The Making of a Queen

Kateryn Parr: The Making of a Queen

by Susan E. James
     
 

ISBN-10: 1840146834

ISBN-13: 9781840146837

Pub. Date: 04/28/1999

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

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…  See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781840146837
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Series:
Women and Gender in Early Modern England Series
Pages:
500
Product dimensions:
6.57(w) x 9.49(h) x 1.26(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Introduction1
Genealogy6
Pt. 1The Parrs of Kendal
1The Parrs of Kendal9
2'Ripe and Seasonable Knowledge'22
3Civil War in the Household of the Duke of Richmond40
4In Search of a Title52
5The Parrs and the Pilgrimage of Grace71
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
9Patronage and the Queen's Household145
10Regent-General of England164
11'The Boke of the Crucifix'189
12'All the Words of Angels'221
13Fall from Grace253
14'Very Shadows and Dreams'281
15'Requests and Desires'294
16Lord Seymour of Sudeley314
17'The End of Summer'324
Pt. 3'My Lord Marquess of Northampton'
18The Fall of Somerset343
19The Great Garter Embassy of 1551359
20The Fall of Northumberland368
21'That Soote Season'383
App. IThe Love-Letters of Queen Kateryn Parr and Thomas Seymour403
App. IIThe Queen's Prayers414
App. IIIThe Will of Margaret Neville417
App. IVPortraits of the Queen419
App. V'The Quene's Juelles'423
App. VIMaud, Lady Parr's, Jewels432
App. VIIThe Sudeley Chest435
App. VIIIThe Parr Mummies443
Select Bibliography445
Index455

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