Catherine Parr: Henry VIII's Last Love Paperback – Illustrated, 21 Jan 2009
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"Catherine blossoms before our eyes and so does this book . . . beautifully written." --"The Spectator"
About the Author
Susan James has written numerous articles on the Parr family, including Catherine's entry in the "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography." Her other books include "Kateryn Parr: The Making of a Queen." She lives in California.
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Susan James's work on Queen Katherine gives a full picture of Katherine's life. The parts related to the life before her marriage to the King are most interesting and already shed a lot of light on Katherine Parr. Her relationship with her mother Maud and her mother's example how to manage as a widow her own life, her family and her estate and her valuing education for females is quite revealing. The same applies to her relationship with her sister and brother. Susan James corrects the strangely often repeated notion that Katherine married the 2nd Baron Borough of Gainsborough while in reality she was married to his son and heir who happened to carry the same first name. Her second marriage to the 3rd Baron Latimer seems to be a dry run for the marriage with the king: she married an older, sickly man of higher social standing and got two step children which were becoming quite close to her. The marriage to the king seems to be a repeat of this situation. But Katherine as Queen managed to fulfil her role in an excellent way. She was made even regent during the King's absence. She seemed to have liked the power.
Susan James puts Katherine in perspective of the role of woman at the time, deals with aspects of education for females, covers Katherine's role to foster these, her own achievements and of course with her political and religious importance.Read more ›
The lady we see here is someone who grew up in a house dominated by a strong woman and who survived the wilds of the north and the revolt of the pilgrimage of Grace and who never forsake an early love of learning instilled by her mother.
Catherine's nearly 4 years as Queen is particularly well covered and I felt I learnt a lot about her from this book. The Catherine you read about here is a complex woman who for someone who did not grow up at the court managed to fulfill her role as Queen to an extent that she impressed both local doubters and foreign diplomats. Of course her sudden rise and religious beliefs gave her enemies and the well known plot against here is covered well here.
For anyone interested in Tudor history I highly recommend this biography. It's well written and well researched and easy to read. You'll come away with a better appreciation of Catherine and her world for reading this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Susan James did her homework thoroughly,there were plenty of factual accounts,but for me I prefer a story to be written in the first or third person,not factually. Read morePublished 22 months ago by pauline hadden
I bought this book to research Catherine for a education event that I was delivering and it is absolutely perfect! Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2014 by Lucinda Williams
This is a very good history of the life of Catherine Parr that enables the reader to fully appreciate this influential lady. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2013 by antilla
There is one frustrating thing about this book about which any prospective purchaser should be aware. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2011 by Prof_G
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