Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen: A Novel

Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen: A Novel

by Alison Weir
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Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen: A Novel by Alison Weir

Bestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir takes on what no fiction writer has done before: creating a dramatic six-book series in which each novel covers one of King Henry VIII’s wives. In this captivating opening volume, Weir brings to life the tumultuous tale of Katherine of Aragon, Henry’s first, devoted, and “true” queen.
A princess of Spain, Catalina is only sixteen years old when she sets foot on the shores of England. The youngest daughter of the powerful monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, Catalina is a coveted prize for a royal marriage—and Arthur, Prince of Wales, and heir to the English throne, has won her hand. But tragedy strikes and Catalina, now Princess Katherine, is betrothed to the future Henry VIII. She must wait for his coming-of-age, an ordeal that tests her resolve, casts doubt on her trusted confidantes, and turns her into a virtual prisoner.
Katherine’s patience is rewarded when she becomes Queen of England. The affection between Katherine and Henry is genuine, but forces beyond her control threaten to rend her marriage, and indeed the nation, apart. Henry has fallen under the spell of Katherine’s maid of honor, Anne Boleyn. Now Katherine must be prepared to fight, to the end if God wills it, for her faith, her legitimacy, and her heart.

Praise for Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen
“Alison Weir starts off her fictional series about the wives of Henry VIII with a nuanced portrayal of Katherine of Aragon.”The Christian Science Monitor
“Weir is excellent on the little details that bring a world to life.”—The Guardian

“As always, Weir demonstrates a keen eye for crafting dramatic scenes of beautiful, accurate detail, instilling in the reader a vivid sense of being there. . . . If this greatly impressive inaugural installment is any indication, Tudor lovers have much to look forward to.”Booklist (starred review)
“Vividly detailed . . . Weir brings considerable expertise to her fictional retelling of the life of Katherine of Aragon. . . . [The author] portrays her sympathetically as both credulous and steely.”Kirkus Reviews
“An illuminating and engaging portrait of ‘the true queen.’”Historical Novels Review
“[Weir’s] fresh approach to Henry’s first wife [is] a wonderful place to start for those unfamiliar with Katherine’s story. Weir’s portrayal is far from that of a weak, victimized woman, but one of a courageous, strong, devoted queen fighting for her life and rights. An easy, quick read to begin the series.”RT Book Reviews

“In this first novel of the Six Tudor Queens series, Alison Weir dazzlingly brings Katherine of Aragon to life. Based on extensive new research, it is a portrayal that shatters the many myths about Henry VIII’s long-suffering first wife. Far from being the one-dimensional victim of history, she emerges as a charismatic, indomitable, and courageous heroine whose story never fails to enthrall.”—Tracy Borman, author of Thomas Cromwell
“Yet again, Alison Weir has managed to intertwine profound historical knowledge with huge emotional intelligence, to compose a work that throws light on an endlessly fascinating figure. But her real gift in all of this is making it feel so fresh and alive.”—Charles Spencer, author of Killers of the King

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101966495
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/31/2016
Series: Six Tudor Queens
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 2,431
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Alison Weir is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Marriage Game, A Dangerous Inheritance, Captive Queen, The Lady Elizabeth, and Innocent Traitor and numerous historical biographies, including The Lost Tudor Princess, Elizabeth of York, Mary Boleyn, The Lady in the Tower, Mistress of the Monarchy, Henry VIII, Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Life of Elizabeth I, and The Six Wives of Henry VIII. She lives in Surrey, England, with her husband.

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Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen: A Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Great book that I couldn't put down
Anonymous 4 months ago
I enjoyed the book
Anonymous 8 months ago
I loved this book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Congratulations on keeping this era alive! I have read many books set in this time period. Imho, this is one of the best!
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
In the Author’s Note at the end of this amazing novel, Alison Weir describes Queen Katherine of Aragon as an “indomitable, courageous, and principled woman.” Weir’s novel also exemplifies her as a loving, faithful and holy Queen in the midst of the worst possible accusations and cruel persecution anyone could endure. The loveliest portion of this novel is the initial love between Henry and Katherine, gloriously thrilling, intense and intimate, so well-described that the reader cannot help but feel and celebrate this couple’s joy. Henry was distant as his father manipulated Katherine’s so-called marriage to Arthur, the eldest son. It’s even suggested the father had eyes for the son’s bride-to-be. But after Arthur tragically dies, Henry swears he has only had eyes for Katherine and they are wedded and live in shared bliss. Time passes and Queen Katherine loses many children during pregnancy or immediately upon birth, with only one daughter Mary living. Henry is desperate for a male heir, claiming it is the primary job of his rule and one which is Katherine’s job to make happen. Destiny chooses otherwise and the consequences are painfully devastating to Katherine as Henry becomes infatuated and then totally engrossed with Anne Boleyn. The latter is jealous of the great love between Henry and Katherine, determined to wrest both the love and power from the Queen and sets about doing just that. We read of the changes in attitude of Cardinal Wolsey, ambassadors from Spain, Thomas More, Oliver Cromwell, the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, the Pope, and others, all stymied by Katherine’s insistence that her marriage to Henry was legitimate, sanctified by the Church and unbreakable. Henry, however, will move from awaiting the Papal decision approving or denying a divorce to deciding he is the proper secular and religious head of England, forsaking any necessity for Papal approval. English history is precisely described at this point as Henry acquires great wealth and loyalty, albeit forced by fear of torture and death, and eventually marries Anne Boleyn. The reader will grow to love Katherine’s friends who remain loyal and dear throughout this terrible ordeal which finally affects Katherine’s health. Alison Weir is obviously a scrupulous historian who also possesses the ability to make the reader fully engage with every thought, feeling, dialogue, setting and action throughout this SUPERB historical novel. This is one of the finest novels this reviewer has read in a very long time and is highly recommended as, even if you already know the story, a uniquely told account of the rise and fall of a great woman. English history is forever changed because of the beloved Queen Katherine’s fortitude, faith, love and loyalty!
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
Well written and obviously well researched. This book definitely transported you back to the time of Katherine of Aragon and what was going on in the royal household of England. It traces the life of Katherine from her journey over to England through her death. It's a long book - but lots packed into the pages. Definitely an excellent historical fiction that teaches a lot about that time period.
MsDollie More than 1 year ago
Alison Weir never disappoints; Katherine of Aragón was another wonderful book. As number 1 of 6, with 5 yet unwritten, I now wait breathlessly for number 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Me encanta y es divertida para mi
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NAME Alison Swan FANDOM Doctor Who HAIR Strawberry Blond ABOUT Alison is very friendly and loves Doctor Who and Cupcakes