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Product Details

  • Series: A Novel of the Tudors
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (February 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 060981026X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609810262
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #836,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

About the Author

Jean Plaidy, one of the preeminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also known as Victoria Holt. Jean Plaidy’s novels had sold more than 14 million copies worldwide by the time of her death in 1993.

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And Katherine, Henry's last wife, is a woman in love.
elisheva guggenheim
She does flesh the facts out and makes the people involved very alive and believable.
Patricia C. Stendal
This book is exciting, and once you start reading it you can't stop.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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 By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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 By Alison Leigh on 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 By Miss F on October 9, 1997
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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