Review: The Taming of the Queen

The Taming of the Queen
The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the story of Katherine Parr, the sixth and last wife of Henry VIII. She was the clever one who avoided being arrested, pandered to Henry’s giant ego and pretended to be dumb and submissive so that she could survive. She only outlived him for a year and a half, but that year and a half was worth it as she finally married the person she loved ( after 3 forced marriages) and did live happily and shortly thereafter. The love of her life, thomas Seymour, turned out to not be a good person, but that’s another story.
Henry’s bipolar mania and tyranny continued in his last three years with a spate of beheadings, hangings and burnings till the whole nation was releived at his death.
What’s interesting is that Katherine authored three books while being married to Henry. She needed some outlet to her frustration of being stuck in a dangerous marriage and it turned out to be three religious books that are still available to read today in Shakespearean-type English.

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