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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
Catherine of Aragon: Henry's Spanish Queen
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on 31 July 2017
Arrived soon after ordering, in perfect condition.I have just read the first few chapters and am finding it a very interesting read.This is a book which places Catherine in her Spanish background, giving a much clearer understanding of her within her cultural and historical context.
I had become fed up with the never ending books and TV programmes about theTudors and Henry the Eighth in particular with Catherine as one in a list of his wives..This, I find much more enlightening within a broader framework of history.The personal details and situations are fascinating.
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on 4 May 2017
A very well told and lucid account of her life - making her a sympathetic, faithful, loyal and intelligent Queen of England who is wronged by Henry VIII, suffers for his lust for Boleyn, and because of her obstinate refusal to step down and aside, brings about his wrangle with the Pope, and the ultimate break with Rome.
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on 3 June 2017
Excellent and very readable biography.
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on 20 July 2017
Brilliant good read. Fast service.
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on 14 June 2017
Great book!
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on 9 November 2013
Very well researched and devoid of personal opinion, empathy, or bias. A smooth combination of facts that somehow managed to touch the heart.
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on 26 April 2017
Very informative and an insight into Catherine's life and what a strong woman she was !!
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on 28 September 2013
Really enjoyed this book so much. Very informative and never boring. Loved it and was
sorry when I finished it.
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on 28 October 2013
Loved it. Much better insight into Catherine than previous books. She's no longer an annoying prude for me
Thank you
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on 18 May 2011
Catherine of Aragon was Spanish. The fact seems blindingly obvious but that facet of her character is frequently overlooked in more general biographies of the Tudors. Giles Tremlett's strength is that the clarity and quality of his writing is backed up by many years of living and working in Spain, and he uses this to bring Catherine's childhood and youth vividly to life. He explains the complexities of Ferdinand and Isabella's court and the dynastic marriages of their children, so that by the time the teenage Catherine sets sail for England and her first royal marriage we can already recognise the seeds of the stubbornness that was to be both her downfall and her legacy to history.

The early years of her marriage to Henry VIII show that the wife he eventually cast aside was his equal, at least, in intelligence and political acumen. She served as Spanish Ambassador to the English court whilst still in her early twenties, won over the English people and successfully waged war on Scotland whilst appointed regent in Henry's absence (he was off trying to conquer France). A woman of great piety and discipline, with an iron will and the ability to inspire great loyalty in those close to her, she conducted herself with dignity through the terrible sufferings Henry inflicted on her in his desperation to declare their marriage invalid and take a new bride. The account of these events makes a fascinating contrast to the one narrated by Thomas Cromwell in Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall."

At the end of her life, Catherine asked her confessor an impossible question - had she been right to insist on the validity of her marriage, to keep her honour, when so many people had died for her sake, and Catholic rule in England had been dealt a blow from which it never recovered? History does not record his answer, but this is a riveting account and I raced through its pages in three days.
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