The Taming of the Queen (Signed Book)

The Taming of the Queen (Signed Book)

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by Philippa Gregory

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By the #1 New York Times bestselling author behind the Starz original series The White Queen, a riveting new Tudor tale featuring King Henry VIII's sixth wife Kateryn Parr, the first English queen to publish under her own name.

Why would a woman marry a serial killer?

Because she cannot refuse...

Kateryn Parr, a


By the #1 New York Times bestselling author behind the Starz original series The White Queen, a riveting new Tudor tale featuring King Henry VIII's sixth wife Kateryn Parr, the first English queen to publish under her own name.

Why would a woman marry a serial killer?

Because she cannot refuse...

Kateryn Parr, a thirty-year-old widow in a secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when a man old enough to be her father who has buried four wives—King Henry VIII—commands her to marry him.

Kateryn has no doubt about the danger she faces: the previous queen lasted sixteen months, the one before barely half a year. But Henry adores his new bride and Kateryn's trust in him grows as she unites the royal family, creates a radical study circle at the heart of the court, and rules the kingdom as Regent.

But is this enough to keep her safe? A leader of religious reform and the first woman to publish in English, Kateryn stands out as an independent woman with a mind of her own. But she cannot save the Protestants, under threat for their faith, and Henry's dangerous gaze turns on her. The traditional churchmen and rivals for power accuse her of heresy—the punishment is death by fire and the king's name is on the warrant...

From an author who has described all of Henry's queens comes a deeply intimate portrayal of the last: a woman who longed for passion, power, and education at the court of a medieval killer.

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Yorkshire, England
Date of Birth:
January 9, 1954
Place of Birth:
Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa
B.A. in history, Sussex University, 1982; Ph.D., 18th-century popular fiction, Edinburgh, 1984

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The Taming of the Queen 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Greggory exacts vindictive revenge on Henry, wife killer extrodinaire, by describing every last belch, eating noise, and odor. He was always crazily capricious in her novels, but now he just plain gross. Katherine Parr isn't a fascinating Anne Boleyn, but it is easy to empathize with her precarious position. Greggory, as always, makes you take a step back into history with her attention to detail. However, it is not as compelling as some of her other novels. Very readable nontheless. 3.5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fan of Phillipa Gregory, but the emphasis on church reform in this book is too pervasive and did not hold my interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As all the books in the Tudor series are very well written. However, The Other Boelyn Girl remains my favorite.
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DianaH-Maine More than 1 year ago
Philippa Gregory’s, THE TAMING OF THE QUEEN, was somewhat painful to read. How would any of us react to life under a tyrannical king such as Henry VIII, let alone be married to him? Kateryn Parr was Henry’s 6th wife and barely survived the court’s plots and counterplots, Henry’s murderous tendencies and egomania and mental illnesses. Kateryn was very scholarly and dared to write “original material in English for publication and put her own name on the title page.” She served as regent for a time when Henry went to war in France and she was very motherly to Henry’s three (largely) ignored children. Ms. Gregory’s writing is excellent. Her research is excellent. The book includes an author’s note and an extensive bibliography. There is also a ‘reading group’ guide. Ms. Gregory has opened up a whole new world of historical fiction with her ‘Cousins’ War’ and ‘Tudor Court’ series. I am a big fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually love Philippa Gregory books but this one really plods along. Very slow read and somewhat repetitive. Glad I got this through library instead of purchased....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it!
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MsDollie More than 1 year ago
This was the most fascinating book ... I found it suspenseful even though I know the stories of all of Henry VIII's wives. King Henry is depicted with all his character flaws. I was left with no doubt that he was evil in his very core and that Katherine Parr was incredibly lucky to have survived him. Her terror as she dealt with his murderous intentions was end of my seat real. Philippa Gregory never disappoints.
MerryWifeofWindsor More than 1 year ago
The thirty-one-year-old Kateryn Parr is recently the widow of John Neville, 3rd Baron Latimer and she has come to the royal court. While there, she happens to catch the eye of the rather old and ailing corpulent King Henry VIII. When she is approached by the king with a proposal of marriage, Kateryn is very much taken aback and doesn't really quite know what to say. Deep down, she is absolutely disgusted at the prospect of being the wife to such a man, a personage who has gone through five queens. Kateryn steels herself as she assents to marrying the king, delivering a pretty speech with such shrewd, clever words. When she ascends to the title of Queen of England, she has to walk on eggshells around her husband, careful to use every word with such cautious precision. She has seen many a queen fall from the grace of Henry and, she reminds herself of what happened to Katherine Howard. Even though displeased with marrying the king, she throws herself entirely into this new marriage. Her ailing husband seems to strive to recapture the glory of his youth and the early years of his reign, when all was well. Kateryn witnesses as Henry toys with his subjects, who all seem to curry for his favor, pitting them against each other. While she finds some revulsion in it, she begins to understand the way that her new husband acts and why he does what he does. Kateryn is a forward-thinking woman and she is not only the wisest character in the story, but she is even a writer. She favors total reform and glories in the idea of the English people reading the Bible in their native language, rather than the Latin mumbo-jumbo that has prevailed for centuries. She even keeps company with the infamous Anne Askew, a woman who claims to be a preacher and who reads the Bible in English, a dangerous thing for that time. While she is careful to watch her words and to throw herself into something that is altogether positive, Kateryn knows full well that she needs to tip-toe on egg shells around her tempestuous husband. If she displeases him, she could follow her predecessor to the block. Before picking up a Philippa Gregory book, I know that I will be treated to a visual delight and step back into an earlier time. That is exactly how I felt with “The Taming of the Queen”. From the beginning, I found myself positively adoring the character of Kateryn Parr and pitying her for having to marry such a man. The author did a fantastic job of explaining what a woman in the sixteenth century had to face, especially being married to a king who seemed to think of himself above all else. From the description of the horrid stench of Henry's leg to his flatulence to the fact that he wanted to make love to her made my stomach churn. All in all, it was a fantastic read. I enjoyed the descriptions of the religious unrest and the different factions fighting for favor with the king. I think my favorite scene was the sea battle with the French fleet and how the Mary Rose sank. Gregory fleshed everything in such compelling terms that made me feel like I was there. I felt like I stood on the battlements with Kateryn and watched it with my own two eyes. What was interesting was the mention of the Mary Rose and it reminded me of “The Other Boleyn Girl” when Henry named the ship after Mary Boleyn. I imagined it to be a sort of homage. Great read and what a compelling Kateryn Parr — the name even reflected historical accuracy. ** **
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