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A Matter of Conscience: : Henry VIII, The Aragon Years Kindle Edition
‘A king must have sons: strong, healthy sons to rule after him.’
On the unexpected death of Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales his brother, Henry, becomes heir to the throne of England. The intensive education that follows offers Henry a model for future excellence; a model that he is doomed to fail.
On his accession, he chooses his brother’s widow, Caterina of Aragon, to be his queen. Together they plan to reinstate the glory of days of old and fill the royal nursery with boys.
But when their first-born son dies at just a few months old, and subsequent babies are born dead or perish in the womb, the king’s golden dreams are tarnished
Christendom mocks the virile prince. Caterina’s fertile years are ending yet all he has is one useless living daughter, and a baseborn son.
He needs a solution but stubborn to the end, Caterina refuses to step aside.
As their relationship founders his eye is caught by a woman newly arrived from the French court. Her name is Anne Boleyn.
A Matter of Conscience: The Aragon Years offers a unique first-person account of the ‘monster’ we love to hate and reveals a man on the edge; an amiable man made dangerous by his own impossible expectation.
The story continues in A Matter of Faith: Book Two of The Henrician Chronicle.
From the author of 'The Beaufort Chronicle' and 'The Heretic Wind.'
- ASIN : B08W48QQ9C
- Publication date : March 15, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3355 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 345 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B08XLDJHHF
- Best Sellers Rank: #154,977 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I anxiously awaited this book and then read it very slowly,savoring it, knowing it will be a while before I have another. So excited to know this will be a triology.
I believe she nailed King Henry in his many layers. He has so many layers who knew which he would be looking like it acting like today.
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Judith Arnopp strikes exactly the right balance between story and history in this novel. There is plenty of real detail here; the manoeuvring of his advisors, the nation’s urgent need for a living heir, the tragedy of the death of his son. Henry himself has experienced at first hand what can happen if the eldest son dies. The fact that he has one disappointment after another soon sours his relationship with Catalina (Kate), the Aragon bride, the woman he was initially smitten with and coveted so much. As Henry begins to turn to arrogance we cannot help but feel for her, trapped in this marriage where she only has one function.
All in all, this is an excellent novel, pyschologically astute and well-researched, and I can’t wait to read the next in the series.