The Unfaithful Queen: A Novel of Henry VIII's Fifth Wife

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The Unfaithful Queen: A Novel of Henry VIII's Fifth Wife

The Unfaithful Queen A Novel of Henry VIII s Fifth Wife Amid the turbulent faction ridden late reign of the fearsome Henry eager high spirited Catherine Howard caught the king s eye but not before she had been the sensual plaything of at least three othe

  • Title: The Unfaithful Queen: A Novel of Henry VIII's Fifth Wife
  • Author: Carolly Erickson
  • ISBN: 9780312596910
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Amid the turbulent, faction ridden late reign of the fearsome Henry, eager high spirited Catherine Howard caught the king s eye but not before she had been the sensual plaything of at least three other men Ignorant of her past, seeing only her youthful exuberance and believing that she could make him happy, he married her only to discover, too late, that her heart belongeAmid the turbulent, faction ridden late reign of the fearsome Henry, eager high spirited Catherine Howard caught the king s eye but not before she had been the sensual plaything of at least three other men Ignorant of her past, seeing only her youthful exuberance and believing that she could make him happy, he married her only to discover, too late, that her heart belonged to his gentleman usher Tom Culpeper As the net of court intrigue tightens around her, and with the Tudor succession yet again in peril because of Prince Edward s severe illness, Queen Catherine struggles to give the angry, bloated and impotent king a son But when her relations turn against her, she finds herself doomed, just as her cousin Anne Boleyn was, to face the executioner.The Unfaithful Queen lays bare the dark underbelly of the Tudor court, with its sugared rivalries and bitter struggles for power, where a girl of noble family could find herself sent to labor among the turnspits in the kitchens or should fortune favor her be exalted to the throne.

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    1. Orsolya on said:

      Whether one believes Catherine Howard was an innocent child begging for love or instead a slut who deserved her fate; her story as the “rose without a thorn” turned executed wife is well-known. Carolly Erickson explores Henry VIII’s fifth wife in her historical entertainment, “The Unfaithful Queen”. “The Unfaithful Queen” begins with Erickson attempting to immediately shock readers by describing Anne Boleyn’s execution, a lemon in a “honeypot”, and a self-induced abortion jus [...]

    2. Monica Williams on said:

      Like the other works in his Erickson's "entertainments" this one is fun, fast paced read. Fans of Tudor fiction know how Catherine Howard's story ends. A young girl married to an old, cranky, and ill man is never going to end well. And when the old, cranky, man is the King Henry VIII, it will end very badly if he finds he has been betrayed. Interestingly this book portrays Anne of Cleves as much nastier than she's ever been portrayed. Its an interesting twist. The story of course ends the way it [...]

    3. Catie on said:

      Its not very often that I can say I loathed a book, but I can't think of a better word to describe how much I hated this one. I've read Carolly Erickson books in the past and I've been a little put off by how she skews history, but for the most part she's remained faithful to the big details, and they're fiction so she gets leeway. The Unfaithful Queen, however, portrays Catherine Howard in a way that is so fundamentally different from who she was that I can't honestly say this is a book about H [...]

    4. Kathleen on said:

      I enjoyed this book to an extent. Erickson gives Catherine a voice and a personality that explain her actions while a girl and then Queen without resorting to the standard "she was fifteen and stupid" explanation. I did have some quarrels with the material: it wasn't historically accurate (which the author admits, but it bothered me), I hated the portrayal of Anne of Cleves (personal nitpick), and I felt that the book was front-heavy and the ending rushed. Still, it's a sympathetic portrayal of [...]

    5. Liz on said:

      If you like Phillipa Gregory you will love Carolly Erickson. This book is about Catherine Howard, and how she went from being a young girl who witnesses the beheading of Queen Anne Boleyn to her own beheading as the Queen of England. She is the pawn of her family, who must put her true love aside for that of becoming Henry VIII's wife and queen. As anyone knows, you must never cross Henry VIII or you will be beheaded. Catherine plays with fire and continues to secretly meet with her lover Tom Cu [...]

    6. Elizabeth(The Book Whisperer) on said:

      I love,love, love Tudor books! This one did not disappoint. It showed Catherine Howard in a more sensitive light. It is always interesting to see the different points of view this historical fiction novels can have.

    7. Matt on said:

      Erickson returns with another novel in the Tudor history saga, specifically the many wives of Henry VIII. While the book seeks to explore the life of Catherine Howard, it could be considered a novel of both Howard (Henry's fifth wife) as well as Anne of Cleves (his fourth). The book begins at the execution of Anne Boleyn (his second), with whom Howard is a cousin. From there, the reader learns more about Howard and her life in England, as well as her search for love. Introducing a number of the [...]

    8. Sheli Ellsworth on said:

      The wives of King Henry VIII have always been fertile ground for historical fiction writers. After all, who hasn’t fantasized about beheading their spouse? In //The Unfaithful Queen//author Carolly Erickson elegantly takes up the cause for Catherine Howard, Henry’s fifth wife. While Catherine’s marital indiscretions are historical facts, her motivation for them is the stuff of compelling fiction. The book is not a typical rehash of Henry’s poor leadership, but a look at a complex man wit [...]

    9. Bonnie-ann on said:

      I tried to like this book. I was one for one with Ms. Erickson's novels in that I loved "The Last Wife of Henry VIII" but couldn't stand her novel on Mary, Queen of Scots. This book fell somewhere toward the latter category. To its credit, the historical accuracy was significantly better than the author's outright falseness in telling Mary Stuart's story. On the flip side, there are only so many facts that can be distorted when it comes to Catherine Howard -- she was a silly child, married to a [...]

    10. Christina on said:

      I have read a couple of Carollly Erickson's books and I have enjoyed them. This book on Catherine Howard, Henry VIII 5th wife was pretty entertaining. I don't know as much about Catherine Howard as I do about Anne Boleyn, but Carolly Erickson's character was the sweet, unknowing, innocent type of girl that really had no instruction or "parental guidance" which led her astray. She made her the teenage girl that was just looking for love in all the wrong places, along with an ambitious family that [...]

    11. Linda Harkins on said:

      Carolly Erickson weaves her vivid imagination into authentic history to create yet another page-turner. This is the heartbreaking story of young Catherine Howard with the rich red-brown hair who catches the king's attention when he meets the realm's beauties. Fearing the worst for his only legitimate son, the frail and sickly Prince Edward, Henry VIII longs for a young wife who can produce a healthy male heir to the throne. After negotiations disintegrate in forming an alliance between England a [...]

    12. Lisa James on said:

      Well, anyone who knows any basic English history knows that Henry VIII was a horrific character in the history of the country. His 6 wives were either divorced, died, or executed, except for his last one, who thankfully became a widow. The author gets to the heart of these unfortunate women, who thought they had it all, before their worlds fell apart around their ears. This is the first in the series that I've read, & I am looking forward to reading the rest.

    13. Kara on said:

      The characters were flat without anything to draw the reader in. Coupled with Erickson playing very fast and loose with history, the book was overall a disappointing presentation of Katherine Howard's life.

    14. Brittany B. on said:

      So disappointing. Exponentially more fiction than history. Not just distorted but made-up and goofy. Not written well. Just a lot of crap, reading this was a waste of time. If you're going to make it all up, make it worth the effort! Such crap!

    15. Emily on said:

      It was good story. Even though you know through history how the story is going to end I still wished that the ending would of been different. Catherine is a young woman who's family ruled over her life. If not for their greed her life could of turned out better. She became a queen to a man who she never should of ended up being married to. I felt Sorry for her for only doing what her family told her to do. I don't think she had any choice in deciding her fate. The Howard's should of learned thei [...]

    16. RumBelle on said:

      I tried to like this book, I really wanted to like this book, but the character of Catherine just really put me off. She seemed at once naive, foolish and unaware of what was happening around her. I realize that this is historical fiction, and not entirely true, but the character just did not really make you want to like her. You know how her story will end going in, so in my view, it is the journey that makes or breaks you liking the book, and she just did not make the journey one you really wa [...]

    17. Christine Cazeneuve on said:

      It was a good book - not great but not horrible either. I think what bothered me the most about it was that it portrayed Anna of Cleves as a nasty woman and from what I have read about her that is far from the truth. I understand that this is historical fiction but I don't feel it is necessary to completely change someone's true nature to satisfy a story. Especially for a reader who may not know who Anna of Cleves really was. All in all I still enjoyed the quick read. I finished the book in one [...]

    18. Kaitlin Wright on said:

      CAUTION! Some spoilers!!!I enjoyed this book but felt that the ending was rushed. If you know anything about Tudor history, you already knew what was going to happen, but still it seemed like Catherine’s love stories with various men would go on forever. I felt like the author could have spent time detailing Catherine’s time as Queen, as well as given the reader more of an incite into what Henry VIII felt/knew. Catherine’s downfall was very quick and it felt even more so rushed in the book [...]

    19. Monica La dell on said:

      Poor Catherine never had a chance! Thrown as a child by her uncles into court for their advancements. Good book, well written.

    20. Selkie on said:

      I have always been a big fan of Carolly Erickson's work, but I really cannot what she was thinking when she wrote this book. It is certainly not Erickson's best work. There are too many historical discrepancies that it should be considered fiction only, not historical fiction. In it, the reason for Henry's deep infatuation with Catherine is that he supposedly had an affair with her mother, whom died while giving birth to his stillborn son. But if there where any truth to this at,all would Ericks [...]

    21. Thayer Berlyn on said:

      Henry VIII referred to his tragically immature fifth wife as his "rose without a thorn" and in one of the most famous episodes of her doomed final weeks, she managed to escape her guards in a thwarted attempt to plead her way to speaking with the king before being forcibly dragged, screaming in terror, back to her quarterse echo of those screams having haunted the future Elizabeth I her entire life. Anne of Cleves was not menacing to Catherine as the novel would lead one to believe (although she [...]

    22. The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears on said:

      I truly wish there was more to Katherine Howard's life than what has been surmised throughout history. On the one hand, I can't help but feel sorry for her. Even her father seemed to have let her down, seeking favour rather than being a support to his daughter. As far as her indiscreet behavior pre-queen, there's much blame to be had, especially the men she'd trusted--Henry Manox and Francis Dunham. Her actions, at least in this account, are those of a teenage girl with romantic notions of love. [...]

    23. Karen on said:

      As with others of Ms. Erickson's novels, she tells a good story and it is easily readable. However, she plays too much with the truth for my taste. Nowhere could I find any link between Katherine Howard's mother and King Henry VIII. As this was one of the bases for this story I found that troubling. Also, the author is not kind to Anne of Cleves and attributes a number of negative personality traits and actions to her which I have never read anywhere else. I happen to be very fond of Anne, this [...]

    24. Nicole B on said:

      I really would've given this book 3.5 stars if I could. I decided to "round down" because I felt the fictionalized backstory given to Catherine's mother really detracted from the plot. I generally don't mind when historical-fiction authors take historical liberties, even very generous historical liberties, but that particular backstory involved just a *bit* too much bending at the expense of actual historical reality.Other than that, I really enjoyed Carolly Erickson's interpretation of both Hen [...]

    25. Cathy on said:

      This review is the result of winning a copy of the book."Historical Entertainment" is an accurate description of this book. It was a quick and easy read that would be perfect for taking to the beach. There is no part of the book that is so gripping that you can't put it down if needed. But it's a familiar tale well told enough that you will be entertained for a few hours.What is lacking is any depth to the characters. There is no presence to the Katherine Howard who is the narrator for most of t [...]

    26. Shanae on said:

      The Unfaithful Kitty HowardWe all know the story and how it ends, all does not end well. Kitty was a very young, naive an impressionable girl who's power hungry family took advantage of her to rise their family even further at court. Well the "Howard's," family name definitely went in the history books but what stands out most is the negative that the family did. This family served this naive child on a serving platter to the King. I enjoyed the way the story was delivered from Kitty's perspecti [...]

    27. Amy on said:

      This book was entertaining enough, and a quick read. I didn't really love Catherine though. I felt like Erickson didn't give me enough insight to why she made the decisions she did. I am a fan of these historial entertainment novels, and did not expect this to be spot on to what actually happened. I only gave this three stars because the book started well enough, but the middle really dragged for me. I felt that all that was talked about was her lack of pregnancy. The end really came around as a [...]

    28. Jenny on said:

      It's not really fair of me to review this one since I've read almost all her other books, most of which are phenomenal. I think the best were her first few, so all the recent ones tend to pale in comparison. Nevertheless, if it's a Carolly Erickon historical fiction or non-fiction it is going to be amazing. Her captivating writing style coupled with her vast knowledge of the subject matter are what make her novels what they are. Of The Unfaithful Wife, I must say that she made Catherine Howard m [...]

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