The Taming of the Queen

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The Taming of the Queen

The Taming of the Queen Why would a woman marry a serial killer Because she cannot refuse Kateryn Parr a thirty year old widow in a secret affair with a new lover has no choice when a man old enough to be her father who ha

  • Title: The Taming of the Queen
  • Author: Philippa Gregory
  • ISBN: 9781471152023
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Audio
  • Why would a woman marry a serial killer Because she cannot refuse Kateryn Parr, a thirty year old widow in a secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when a man old enough to be her father who has buried four wives King Henry VIII commands her to marry him Kateryn has no doubt about the danger she faces the previous queen lasted sixteen months, the one beforeWhy would a woman marry a serial killer Because she cannot refuse Kateryn Parr, a thirty year old widow in a secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when a man old enough to be her father who has buried four wives King Henry VIII commands her to marry him Kateryn has no doubt about the danger she faces the previous queen lasted sixteen months, the one before barely half a year But Henry adores his new bride and Kateryn s trust in him grows as she unites the royal family, creates a radical study circle at the heart of the court, and rules the kingdom as regent But is this enough to keep her safe A leader of religious reform and a published author, Kateryn stands out as an independent woman with a mind of her own But she cannot save the Protestants, under threat for their faith, and Henry s dangerous gaze turns on her.The traditional churchmen and rivals for power accuse her of heresy the punishment is death by fire and the king s name is on the warrant From an author who has described all of Henry s queens comes a deeply intimate portrayal of the last a woman who longed for passion, power and education at the court of a medieval killer.

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    1. Bookdragon Sean on said:

      I was all but ready to stop reading Philippa Gregory’s novels for good, but then I found out that she was writing a novel from the perspective of Henry’s last queen; therefore, this would, no doubt, include the death of the tyrant. I was incredibly interested to see how she would handle it, and I must say I was very impressed. This is only a small amount of the novel, but the sense of relief evoked at his demise was almost palpable. Kathryn Parr was a strong woman but, even she diminished un [...]

    2. Misfit on said:

      This is a romance? Who knew?I'm pretty sure by now we all know that Henry VIII had six wives, Katherine (Kateryn here) Parr being the last. This review will discuss events that are known historical facts - if you're new to Katherine's history those might be considered spoilers - consider yourself warned. Real spoilers for PG's version of history will be tagged as spoilers.Kateryn Parr is widowed and lucky girl (not!) catches the eye of the aging Henry VIII and he proposes marriage. Needless to s [...]

    3. Frances on said:

      Philippa Gregory ticks all the boxes in this remarkable story written from Kateryn Parr’s perspective. Kateryn, Henry VIII’s sixth and last wife, has to endure a difficult life at court with Henry closely watching her every step. While others are swift to report any misdeed, she must use all her wits and intelligence to avoid the fate of previous wives. Although Kateryn tries her best to be a good wife, she soon realizes Henry has a ruthless and cruel nature making her marriage insufferable [...]

    4. Diane S ☔ on said:

      3.5 Kateryn Parr, the least known of Henry's wives, this is a good look at this queen and the fear and hope she lived with daily. My first surprise was the spelling of her name, Kateryn, for some reason I always thought she was another Katherine. I think Gregory's biggest skill is setting a scene, she takes the reader back to this Tudor time period, most thoroughly. As soon as I started reading I was captivated into another reading of Henry and his many wives.I have read previous novels about th [...]

    5. ``Laurie Henderson on said:

      Oh No!Say it ain't so!Philippa Gregory has turned Katherineinto a HO!I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one since the 6th and surviving Queen Katherine has always been my favorite.But alas, within the first few pages I realized Gregory had descended into the hellish inferno of the bodice ripper.When the Queen is not lusting after Tom Seymour she's promoting the Protestant cause with fanatical fervor. This has to be one of the worst depictions of Katherine Parr that I ever tried to read.I'm [...]

    6. Debra on said:

      "He married all my predecessors; it didn't stop him from wanting the next one."Kateryn Parr was a 30 year old widow who was in a secret relationship, when King Henry VIII decided that she would be his next wife. How could she refuse? He is known for having a temper and his previous wives have not fared well. Most have heard this rhyme: "Divorced, beheaded, dieddivorced, beheaded, survived"What's a girl to do when the King of England wants you (that's my poor attempt at a rhyme)?She really had no [...]

    7. L'aura on said:

      I read an absolutely terrible book on Katherine Parr a few years ago, and Gregory could only do better. What I am wondering is, just who does she write for? Her Katherine Parr, a scholarly 31-year-old, sounds exactly like any of the barely schooled teen age girls from her previous books. She's also, as they too were, described as the ''prettiest girl at court'' and, before Henry, she has a fantastic, Harlequin-steamy love life. I'm all for breaking a cliché but the woman hardly sounds like the [...]

    8. Sonja Arlow on said:

      I have finally figured it out. I am not really drawn to reading kings and queens books but give them to me in audio and I will run a mile to get it.As always my ignorance astounds me as I didn’t know anything about Katherine Parr other than that she was an intellectual and Henry’s 6th wife. I had to practice all my restraint to not to google Katherine Parr while listening to find out what happens. So her shock was my shock, her anger mine and because of this the whole listening experience wa [...]

    9. Elizabeth on said:

      I have come to expect that Philippa Gregory's books are more creative fantasy than historical fact. But generally they offer the reader an enjoyable experience. This one, however, does not. I would go so far as to recommend you skip this book all together. It is the worst novel in the increasingly weak new books that Ms Gregory has put forth in the past few years. I cringe to think how many people will read this and accept her accounts as “history.” There are some truths contained within. Tr [...]

    10. Angie on said:

      4.5 starsI hate to admit it, but I was a little hesitant about reading this newest PG book. I've read so much Tudor that I just wasn't sure I could possibly enjoy another one. But I'm happy to admit I was WRONG! As I grudgingly started it, I realized the way she had written this was pure genius! Kateryn Parr comes to life brilliantly. We instantly empathize with her plight as she struggles through court life as Henry VIII's sixth wife. His tyrannical, selfish, and paranoid personality also makes [...]

    11. ☮Karen on said:

      Ms. Gregory's take on Henry VIII's  sixth marriage, with the narrator being wife #6 herself, Kateryn Parr.  Gregory chose  to portray Kateryn as a newlywed haunted by all the ghosts of Henry's past wives, what with Henry constantly revering Jane Seymour, with the hand-me-down clothes and jewels she has to wear, and in her marriage bed (same bedroom; same bed that those before her had occupied).  I couldn't help thinking about her five predecessors either, since I've read every one of the oth [...]

    12. Tania on said:

      This is a man so sharp with pride that he cannot hear contradiction. This is a man who will play both sides at once to make sure he wins. This is a man who from a boy has never been refused. And, in addition to all of this - here is a man who cannot see himself as anything but perfect.4.5 stars. This book was another reminder of why I adore Philippa Gregory's books. I immediately feel like I am transported to the time and place of the story. She is also able to write a complex character like Hen [...]

    13. Wilja on said:

      4,5 🌟 Was für eine bewegende Geschichte. Ich gebe zu, Philippa Gregorys Nachwort ist das erste, welches ich mit völliger Hingabe lese. d͟i͟s͟c͟l͟a͟i͟m͟e͟r͟: es kö nnen spoiler folgen 𝒶𝓊𝓉𝒽𝑜𝓇𝓈 𝓃𝑜𝓉𝑒It is extraordinary to me that Kateryn the Quene KP (as she signed herself is not better known. As the last of Henry's queens she survived a wife-killer who saw four of her five predecessors into the grave, which mus [...]

    14. Hannah Stoutenburg on said:

      I have so many issues with this book but I don't have the patience to count them all. Let's start with some of the most basic:1. Labeling Henry VIII a "serial killer" is wildly misleading. While he executed two of his wives, he had more than ample evidence that the second was undermining the stability of the kingdom. Henry was, like as not, infertile by the time he was with her and she was sleeping with Culpeper who could have easily impregnated her. While Boleyn's execution was a tragedy and ba [...]

    15. Margaret on said:

      This was a 'last chance' book. When I've read a few books from an author and enjoyed them, then stop enjoying their work, I give them three books to enthrall me again, before they come off my reading list.This was Philippa Gregory's last chance to enthrall me. And enthrall me she did! "The Taming of the Queen' is set during Kateryn Parr's time as Henry VIII's queen. It is vibrant, captivating, book that captures the minutiae of the Tudor court perfectly. Her Henry is a chilling portrayal of psyc [...]

    16. Maria João on said:

      9,5 de 10*Por incrível que (me) pareça, nunca tinha lido nada de Philippa Gregory. Foram inúmeras as vezes que peguei em livros da autora, mas por uma razão ou por outra nunca li nenhum. Dou-me agora conta de tudo o que andei a perder… Terminei a leitura de “A Rainha Subjugada” e tive uma vontade enorme de ir a correr a uma livraria comprar toda a obra da autora. Arrisco-me a dizer que foi o melhor romance histórico que já li!Comentário completo em:abibliotecadajoao/

    17. Nicko D on said:

      Историята под формата на литература е може би най-добрият начин за наваксване на пропуснатото в училище. В книгата си „Укротяването на кралицата” Филипа Грегъри хвърля светлина върху вълнуващия живот на Катрин Пар, последната жена на Хенри VIII. „Укротяването на кралицата [...]

    18. Cher on said:

      4 stars - It was great. I loved it.A fascinating insight into the life of Queen Kateryn Parr, a rare and fierce woman centuries ahead of her own time. As always, Philippa Gregory excelled at bringing these historical figures and events to life. -------------------------------------------Favorite Quote: To assure someone that if enough nuns sing enough Masses then her dead child will go to heaven is trickery as low as passing a false coin as good. To buy a pardon from the pope, to force the pope [...]

    19. Karin Slaughter on said:

      The parts where it spoke specifically to Kateryn (Catherine/Katherine) Parr's accomplishment were fascinating. I had no idea she was the first woman ever to publish a book of original content. I love stories like this, where we discover great women who were either overshadowed or lost to history. That she helped steward Elizabeth to the throne, thus helping her step daughter become the most powerful woman of her time, is a laudable accomplishment. (We'll just leave out that part about her helpin [...]

    20. Olariu on said:

      titlul cartii e o adevarata surprizatiti cartea si spuneti-mi cat de tare v-a tulburat dinamica relatiei dintre regele Henric si ultima lui sotie.:)

    21. Susan Johnson on said:

      4.5 stars It's been awhile since I read a Philippa Gregory and I don't know why. She makes history so accessible and interesting. This one is particularly fascinating because Kateryn Paar was the last of Henry VIII's queens and she lived to tell the story. This had only been accomplished by one other wife, Anne of Cleeves, so it is no small feat. Kateryn is an interesting person in her own right. An avid reformist of the church, she was the first woman to publish a book in her own name. She tran [...]

    22. The Reviewer on said:

      The Tudors have always fascinated me. I’ve read everything I could about them, fiction and nonfiction, since I was little. Surprisingly, Henry VIII’s sixth wife, Katherine (Or Kateryn) Parr, is not often the subject of these works. I’ve always thought this was unfortunate, as I really admire Kateryn. Her court was a center of learning, she brought Henry’s family together, she served as Regent while Henry was away (Katherine of Aragon was the only other one of Henry’s wives to rule Engl [...]

    23. Csenge on said:

      I am aware that a lot of people are upset about the fictional parts of this story. I knew it before I started reading.And honestly, I don't care. Historical fiction is fiction for a reason.I think we need more stories about women like Philippa Gregory's KP. This is not the story of a seducer, like Anne Boleyn; this is not some great, smart, defiant queen like Elizabeth. KP is a survivor. She gives up, and is willing to give up, everything she has, to live, to earn her right to happiness, and the [...]

    24. Donna on said:

      I love Philippa Gregory and I love Bianca Amato. The Tudor Court and the Cousin's War series are great. I've enjoyed them all. I like how she takes what is known about these historical figures and brings them to life, by creating dialogue, relationships, and emotion. I know a lot of this is pure fiction, but it works for me. I like being pulled in. With some of her books, I've googled the characters to see what the outcome is because, I just couldn't wait to find out. The author creates great dr [...]

    25. Bethan Watson on said:

      The first of many Philippa Gregory novels I will be reading. I believe that a lot of unnecessary content could be cut down, but the novel was still enjoyable overall.

    26. Iset on said:

      So what did I make of The Taming of the Queen? It’s actually one of Gregory’s better novels (although considering how bad her worst offerings like The Other Boleyn Girl are, take that statement with a pinch of salt). Gregory’s usual penchant for repetition feels like it’s been toned down. It isn’t gone entirely, for example Kateryn Parr’s ‘thing’ in this novel is dreaming of the myth of Tryphine, but the frequency is much reduced from the Woodvilles’ Melusina obsession, Margare [...]

    27. Brooklyn Tayla on said:

      Reading this made me fall in love with Philippa Gregory's writing all over again. She was the first author of the historical fiction genre I read and she'll always be my favourite. She writes with such elegance and grace, I feel she captures these figures perfectly. This story chronicles Katherine Parr's forced marriage to King Henry VIII; and oh wow what an incredible woman she was - as well as lots of other noted people; all of which I can't wait to read about in my further historical fiction [...]

    28. Lois Clark-Johnston on said:

      Boring nice portrayal of Henry VIII as a disgusting pig.

    29. Judy on said:

      How many books about Henry VIII and the Tudor house can one read and still gain new information and insights into this period of English history? With Philippe Gregory, it seems there is always just one more. I knew nothing about Kateryn Parr except she was the last of Henry's wives. Through Gregory's research and writing, I learned she was a strong, devout woman, who married the King because she had no choice. She educated herself in theology and was influential in the new Protestant faith beco [...]

    30. Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict) on said:

      Kateryn Parr is the infamous Henry VIII's sixth wife and although I have read many books about Henry, I am not too familiar with the end of his reign. Kateryn, newly widowed, has caught the eye of Henry and before she knows it, she is now his queen as no one can say no to Henry. Henry is a lot different than his younger self. He suffers from an old leg wound that is constantly oozing and he is morbidly obese, yet this doesn't stop him from thinking he is God's greatest gift. Kateryn wants to kee [...]

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