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The Sixth Wife: The Story of Katherine Parr (Tudor Saga Book 7) [Kindle Edition]

Jean Plaidy
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Dangerous court intrigue and affairs of the heart collide as renowned novelist Jean Plaidy tells the story of Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six queens.

Henry VIII’s fifth wife, Katherine Howard, was both foolish and unfaithful, and she paid for it with her life. Henry vowed that his sixth wife would be different, and she was. Katherine Parr was twice widowed and thirty-one years old. A thoughtful, well-read lady, she was known at court for her unblemished reputation and her kind heart. She had hoped to marry for love and had set her heart on Thomas Seymour, the dashing brother of Henry’s third queen. But the aging king—more in need of a nurse than a wife—was drawn to her, and Katherine could not refuse his proposal of marriage.

Queen Katherine was able to soothe the King’s notorious temper, and his three children grew fond of her, the only mother they had ever really known. Trapped in a loveless marriage to a volatile tyrant, books were Katherine’s consolation. But among her intellectual pursuits was an interest in Lutheranism—a religion that the king saw as a threat to his supremacy as head of the new Church of England. Courtiers envious of the Queen’s influence over Henry sought to destroy her by linking her with the “radical” religious reformers. Henry raged that Katherine had betrayed him, and had a warrant drawn up for her arrest and imprisonment. At court it was whispered that the king would soon execute yet another wife. Henry’s sixth wife would have to rely on her wits to survive where two other women had perished. . . .


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“Plaidy excels at blending history with romance and drama.” —New York Times


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"Plaidy excels at blending history with romance and drama." --"New York Times"

Product Details

  • File Size: 745 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 060981026X
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (February 4, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001RLTF6Q
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT... February 24, 2005
Format:Paperback
Jean Plaidy, also known as Victoria Holt to her legion of devoted fans, was a gifted and prolific writer of historical fiction. A masterful storyteller, Ms. Plaidy seamlessly interweaves historical facts into a rich tapestry of fiction that is often spellbinding. Here, she writes of Katherine Parr, a comely noblewoman, twice widowed, who would reluctantly rise from obscurity to become the sixth and, thankfully, last wife of that colorful Tudor despot, King Henry VIII of England.

At the time that Katherine Parr caught the King's eye, she was in love with the rakishly handsome and ambitious Thomas Seymour, brother to Jane Seymour, the third wife of King Henry VIII. Jane died shortly after producing the coveted living son, who would someday reign as King Edward VI. Thomas Seymour held a coveted place at court by virtue of his ties to the King. Once the King's eyes landed upon the hapless Katherine Parr, however, even Thomas Seymour had no choice but to withdraw his suit for her hand.

The King's eye and attentions, having settled upon Katherine Parr so soon after he had sent his fifth wife to the block to have her head severed from her neck, made Katherine uneasy. After all, Henry VIII's wives had met with unenviable fates. His first wife of many years, Katherine of Aragon, had been cast aside and driven to an early death. His second wife, Anne Boleyn, for whom he had discarded Katherine of Aragon, had been accused of having had numerous adulterous relationships while married to the King. For this she was found guilty of treason and was unceremoniously beheaded, whereupon he married plain Jane Seymour, who managed to give him a son before dying of complications after childbirth.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT... May 18, 2003
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Jean Plaidy, also known as Victoria Holt to her legion of devoted fans, was a gifted and prolific writer of historical fiction. A masterful storyteller, Ms. Plaidy seamlessly interweaves historical facts into a rich tapestry of fiction that is often spellbinding. Here, she writes of Katherine Parr, a comely noblewoman, twice widowed, who would rise from obscurity to reluctantly become the sixth and, thankfully, last wife of that colorful Tudor despot, King Henry VIII of England.
At the time that Katherine Parr caught the King's eye, she was in love with the rakishly handsome and ambitious Thomas Seymour, brother to Jane Seymour, the third wife of King Henry VIII. Jane died shortly after producing the coveted living son, who would someday reign as King Edward VI. Thomas Seymour held a coveted place at court by virtue of his ties to the King. Once the King's eyes landed upon the hapless Katherine Parr, however, even Thomas Seymour had no choice but to withdraw his suit for her hand.
The King's eye and attentions having settled upon Katherine Parr, so soon after he had sent his fifth wife to the block to have her head severed from her neck, made Katherine uneasy. After all, Henry VIII's wives had met with unenviable fates. His first wife of many years, Katherine of Aragon, had been cast aside and driven to an early death. His second wife, Anne Boleyn, for whom he had discarded Katherine of Aragon, had been accused of having had numerous adulterous relationships while married to the King. For this she was found guilty of treason and was unceremoniously beheaded, whereupon he married plain Jane Seymour, who managed to give him a son before dying of complications after childbirth.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful account of Henry VIII's last queen June 27, 2006
Format:Paperback
Jean Plaidy's The Sixth Wife tells the story of Katharine Parr, Henry VIII's sixth and final queen. Katharine is a wealthy and independent widow when she arrives in the court of Henry. After her years spent caring for her invalid husband, Katharine is on her own and ready to marry again--this time for love. She sees the handsome Thomas Seymour as her perfect solution, however, she did not count on catching the much aged King of England's eye.

Thus, The Sixth Wife tells the story of the reluctant new queen Katharine. Readers see a much older Henry and a court and country waiting impatiently for change. The book also provides wonderful information on the newly-evolving protestant religion(of which Katharine was herself an avid supporter and which came close to being her doom)and its martyrs, mainly Anne Askew, the first woman to be put to the rack.

Katharine is truly an interesting woman and Plaidy's The Sixth Wife is subsequently a compelling story that is quite historically accurate and enlightening.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, once you start you can't stop! October 9, 1997
By Miss F
Format:Hardcover
This book is exciting, and once you start reading it you can't stop. This is the story of Henry VIII's last wife. How she after two marriages to elder men, finally met the man she loved and wanted to marry, only to be chosen by Henry VIII, as his sixth wife. For four years she lived with the knowledge of what had happened to two of his previous wives, and she was on the verge of going the same way herself, when faith came to her aid, and turned her misfortune into something better.
This is also a story about differences in religion, and upbringing. How it could be to live in the times of a king ruled by his conscience, and how to survive, if you were born into a too noble family.
Keep your head on, and read this book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting read!!!
Published 6 months ago by Smadar C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fascinating story by Jean Plaidy
I love the way the author tells the story from a first person perspective. It enables the reader to get an idea of why these people may have done what they did. Read more
Published 11 months ago by LetaP
5.0 out of 5 stars Catherine Parr
Since Catherine is a relative of mine, I found
the book to be extra interesting. Life back then
was SO different from today.
Published 12 months ago by Barbara L. Reynolds
4.0 out of 5 stars Henry IIIV was quite a guy
A good read if you enjoy drama of the kings & queens type. Easy to follow author. Surprise ending though.
Published 12 months ago by Mel Timberlake
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Loved it. A fun read about Katherine Parr! Look forward to reading more historical novels by Jean Plaidy in the future!
Published 16 months ago by october_mommy
5.0 out of 5 stars Curiosity Satisfied
A Minnesota Mom (Volume III: The Making of a Missionary)I was always curious about Katherine Parr. I knew she outlived Henry VIII, but I had no idea how it was accomplished. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Patricia C. Stendal
4.0 out of 5 stars Much good and new information
This gook gives a great deal of information about Katherine Parr and her relationships. She is often left out of works dealing with Henry VIII, and I was very glad to have read the... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Catherine Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sixth Wife
I read this book a while ago. I read a lot of historical novels particularly of the Tudor period. I never really knew anything about Katherine Parr. Read more
Published 22 months ago by June Farinha ..
5.0 out of 5 stars THE SIXTH WIFE
REALLY CAN'T GO WRONG WITH THIS AUTHOR FOR HISTORICAL NOVELS. THERE IS ONLY ONE BETTER AND THAT IS SHARON P. Read more
Published on April 17, 2012 by taliesin
4.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue and Subterfuge in Henry's Palace!
I thoroughly enjoyed this account of Henry VIII's life with his Sixth and final wife. The writing made me feel as though it was an eye witness testimony of Henry's final days. Read more
Published on March 23, 2012 by grace de george
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