Queen's Gambit

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Queen's Gambit: A Novel

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  • ISBN-13: 9781410462480
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 10/30/2013
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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  • Posted September 12, 2013

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    'Queen's Gambit' is an enchanting and thrilling historical novel

    'Queen's Gambit' is an enchanting and thrilling historical novel that tells the story of Katherine Parr, King Henry VIII's sixth wife, as she deals with the treachery and deceit of court life and attempts to rid her of the throne. In order to survive life at the palace, Katherine gathers a tight knit circle of women around her including her step-daughter, Meg, and Dot, a loyal servant. Although Katherine was forced to marry King Henry while her true love, Thomas Seymour, is sent to the Continent - she refuses to give up hope, life, or the idea of love.

    I'm not normally a big fan of historical fiction, but the description of this book drew me in. The reign of King Henry VIII is quite infamous and I thought that an inside look at what was happening inside the court - especially from a woman's perspective - would be fascinating. Any expectations I had before reading this novel were left far behind as the author plunged me into Tudor England and the little known life of Katherine Parr. The plot was intriguing and I loved learning all that I could about Katherine - as a person, her history, her beliefs and dreams. She was a fantastic lead character for the book. She's devoted, strong, intelligent, and kind, but she stands for what she believes in and won't give in to social pressures. The setting of the story was beautifully written. It felt like I was right alongside Katherine in Tudor England. The vivid descriptions and detailed imagery brought the characters and the setting to life before my eyes. The story was compelling, with fine attention to detail and the intricate ways of the English court of that time. The author wrote with such a natural pace that the book flowed effortlessly and I found myself engrossed from the first pages. This is a remarkable work of historical fiction that sheds much needed light on the person, the life, and the struggles of Katherine Parr - Henry VIII's last wife - who often gets looked over in history. Highly recommended for fans of Tudor England and historical fiction.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2013

    Overrated.

    Overrated. This novel drags badly when it goes into complex and too in depth detail of the religious complexities of the day; editing that more and staying focused on the already intriguing Katherine Parr's plight at court would have increased readability. I was greatly disappointed after reading other stellar reviews.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2013

    Great read! Love it! Love it! Love it!

    Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and this book really hit the spot. It was a lot of fun to had these pieces into prior readings by other authors to get a more complete picture of life in King Henry's court.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    A Fantastic Historical Book! This book is traditional in giving

    A Fantastic Historical Book! This book is traditional in giving the details to a Tudor lifestyle and stays true to the era. You do not need to be a Tudor historian to appreciate this book, nor do you need to know about Katherine Parr and her marriage to King Henry VIII. I love that the author writes this novel in a way that is easy to read, easy to follow, and develops the characters with such transparency, that you will want to read more about Katherine-one of the less known wives of Henry VIII.

    Because I am not an expert on Tudor history, Elizabeth Fremantle gave me a more intimate look into the life of Katherine Parr. The struggles Katherine endures with the loss of her husband, having a second chance at love with someone she can’t marry, and being forced to marry a man that she loathes, are just so unimaginable for one person to experience….and for it to be true….wow!! Elizabeth just weaves such a beautiful story that it really kept me spellbound throughout the story.

    I love the extra spice added into the storyline with characters, such as Dot (her servant) and Meg (step-daughter), and just gave the story some pause between the intense struggles Katherine experiences.

    Again, I realize this is historical fiction, and Tudor fans may be bothered by some of the interactions that take place (ie, Katherine and Thomas), but it still makes for an excellent read!!

    If you love historical fiction, love a book about love and relationships, and enjoy Tudor history, then grab this book!!-booksintheburbs

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    VERY GOOD BOOK TRUE TO HISTORY !!!

    Enjoyed it and will be looking for other titles by her

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    good book

    I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2015

    Great Read

    Very Good Book - Page turner-Well written. Will be reading all of Elizabeth Fremantle Books !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    N Excelent Very good

    It seems longer then it really is because the begining is very dry but thr end id worth it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    BALLROOM

    A grand ballroom which decorations chge for each queens liking. Catering is always here. This is the only exception to the no males rule.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2014

    Highly recommended--a must read!

    This is one of the most enjoyable and informative books I have read in a long time! I love this period of time and it was very enlightening to learn more about King Henry than I had known. He really was a disgusting old man and you will see how much his wife had to tolerate and "baby" him. The life of a queen is not all it is cracked up to be. It was a book I couldn't put down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Shadow

    Goes to res three we should all meet at res four to see if we found her.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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