Catherine of Aragon.
Catherine of Aragon.
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Catherine of Aragon continues to fascinate readers 500 years after she became Henry VIII's first queen. Her life was one of passion and determination, of suffering and hope, but ultimately it is a tragic love story, as circumstances conspired against her. Having lost her first husband, Henry's elder brother Prince Arthur, she endured years of ill health and penury, to make a dazzling second match in Henry VIII. There is no doubt that she was Henry's true love, compatible with him in every respect and, for years, she presided over a majestic court as the personification of his ideal woman. However, Catherine’s body failed her in an age when fertility was a prerequisite of political stability. When it became clear that she could no longer bear children, the king’s attention turned elsewhere, and his once chivalric devotion became resentment. Catherine’s final years were spent in lonely isolation but she never gave up her vision: she was devoted to her faith, her husband and to England, to the extent that she was prepared to be martyred for them. Banished and close to death, she wrote a final letter to her ‘most dear lord and husband’. ‘I pardon you everything... mine eyes desire you above all things.’ The fidelity of this remarkable woman never wavered.
‘A thorough, thought-provoking, and compulsively readable biography of Henry VIII’s first queen. Fans of the Tudor era will love it. Amy Licence offers a convincing hypothesis on the contentious mystery of Catherine’s first wedding night and a beautiful portrait of a tenacious, courageous, intelligent but often misguided woman. This is a gem of a royal biography from an expert in the field.’ -- Gareth Russell Author of Young and Damned and Fair: The Life and Tragedy of Catherine Howard at the Court of King Henry VIII
'I am so addicted to reading this!!! I became interested in Catherine’s story after watching ‘The Spanish Princess’ and ‘The Tudors.’ I really connected and empathised with her on screen presence so was eager to learn more about her as a real person. I purchased the book with an interest to learn what was historically accurate and what life was like for her as a young Princess, widow and Queen.
I can’t put the book down! I’m really fascinated with her story. I would highly recommend the buy; with the book including information about maps, renaissance art and other findings going on at the same time across different Countries.' Amazon review.
'This is the first book by this author I have read and absolutely loved it. I read a lot of none fiction and there aren't a lot of authors who can combine fact from reliable sources with an entertaining discussion of what might only be gossip or hearsay. The pages describing what might or might not have happened on Catherine's wedding night with Arthur was very well written: not deliberately salacious, nor titillating, but genuinely exploring the topic and ultimately saying 'we'll never know'. I enjoyed her voice throughout, and felt like I got a very clear picture of Catherine's personality. This is an excellent biography for anyone who wants to know more about the queen, or even the Tudor period as the evocation of the time is so clear. I can't wait to read more!' Amazon review.
'Detailed and beautiful written account of Catherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry the Eighth. Amy Licence has the skill bring historical figures to life. Her keen sensitivity speculates what might have happened on Catherine's first fateful wedding night. With an artist's eye, she recreated the bold pageantry of the Tudor court, so much so that it transports the reader, her attention to detail in unparalleled. Licence delves deeply into Catherine's world, describing the proud heritage that built her royal self-worth. The uncertain young bride, and then despairing widow, first beloved by Henry, then finally scorned and cast off wife. Her stubborn refusal to step aside. Licence covers her rise and fall, the ebb and flow of the people who surrounded her. This is a grand biography, that allows the reader to see Catherine the queen rather than Catherine the victim.' Author Carole. P. Roman.