The Sixth Wife: A Novel

The Sixth Wife: A Novel

by Suzannah Dunn
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The Sixth Wife: A Novel by Suzannah Dunn

A gripping novel of love, passion, betrayal, and heartbreak in the unstable Tudor court following the death of King Henry VIII

Clever, level-headed Katherine Parr has suffered through four years of marriage to the aging and irascible King Henry VIII—and she has survived, unlike the five wives who came before her. But less than a year after the old king's death, her heart is won by the dashing Thomas Seymour, and their hasty union undoes a lifetime of prudent caution.

An unwilling witness to the queen's late-blossoming love, Catherine, Duchess of Suffolk, harbors nagging suspicions of Kate's handsome and ambitious new husband. But as Catherine is drawn deeper into the web of politics ensnaring her oldest friend, it gradually becomes clear that she has her own dark tale to tell. For though Thomas might betray his wife for power, Catherine might betray her for passion, risking everything she has in a world where love is a luxury not even royalty can easily afford.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061431562
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/08/2008
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Suzannah Dunn is the author of ten novels in the United Kingdom, including The Sixth Wife and The Queen of Subtleties, both published in the United States as well. She lives in Brighton, England.

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The Sixth Wife 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
darlene10 More than 1 year ago
i really enjoyed this book and thought it was the best one of her's that i have read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was not alone on this one, I am in a book club and we all came away with the same feeling. The title was misleading, it should have been the sixth wifes back stabing skanky friend, who could not stand Thomas (Katherine Parrs husband) from pass meeting. She knew his reputation. Also, she could not figure out why Katherine Parr would agree to marry such a man and still has the affair with him. Come on people Thomas was not the only man around. I or we expected to read about the sixth wife not her friend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was most dissapointed with this book. I don't know why authors writing about Henry VIII and his wives feel it neccessary to add distasteful sexual content to their works, but it doesn't have a place in historical fiction.Also, Katherine seemed a sideshow, the main plot Cathy and her affair with Katherine's slime mold of a husband.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Considered pragmatic by her friends especially the Duchess of Suffolk Catherine Brandon, twice widowed Katherine Parr became the sixth wife of King Henry VIII, a position not known for its longevity. Perhaps it was the experience gained from being wedded to two much older husbands, bur Katherine proved her practical nature by surviving four years with the elderly monarch until he died, making her unique as the Dowager Queen,. Within a few months of becoming a widow again, Katherine marries Thomas Seymour, whom she was in love with before Henry ¿exiled¿ him to Brussels so he could marry her he since has returned to England and become a confidante of Princess Elizabeth. They have a daughter Mary, but was her last marriage a happy one ponders Catherine as Thomas seems more fascinated with the princess than his once royal wife? --- This is an interesting biographical fiction novel that looks deep into the latter part of the life of Katherine Parr, mostly from just after she became a thrice widow. The story is told almost exclusively by Catherine looking back after Katherine has died in 1548 so lacks a historiographic counterpoint as the subject¿s best friend distrusted her last ambitious husband, who she believed married the ¿Widow¿ for her political connections. One interesting side note is that the vernacular used is twenty-first century (explained why by Suzannah Dunn in an afterward) so that purists who prefer Shakespearean English should pass as the idioms are technologically modern thou who find Shakespeare as ¿ye olde¿ English will appreciate the anachronism. Well written, THE SIXTH WIFE provides a fascinating slant on the Tudor age especially life near the top during the five years after Henry¿s demise. --- Harriet Klausner