The Spanish Queen

A Novel of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon

Carolly Erickson

St. Martin's Press

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Wife of Henry VIII comes a powerful and moving novel about Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's first wife and mother of Mary I


When young Catherine of Aragon, proud daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, is sent to England to marry the weak Prince Arthur, she is unprepared for all that awaits her: early widowhood, the challenge of warfare with the invading Scots, and the ultimately futile attempt to provide the realm with a prince to secure the succession. She marries Arthur's energetic, athletic brother Henry, only to encounter fresh obstacles, chief among them Henry's infatuation with the alluring but wayward Anne Boleyn.
 
In The Spanish Queen, bestselling novelist Carolly Erickson allows the strong-willed, redoubtable Queen Catherine to tell her own story—a tale that carries her from the scented gardens of Grenada to the craggy mountains of Wales to the conflict-ridden Tudor court. Surrounded by strong partisans among the English, and with the might of Spanish and imperial arms to defend her, Catherine soldiers on,  until her union with King Henry is severed and she finds herself discarded—and tempted to take the most daring step of her life.
 
Carolly Erickson's historical entertainments continue to succeed in creating a unique blend of historical authenticity and page-turning drama. 

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It was the hiss and crackle of the evening camp fires that I remember most vividly, when I think of my childhood. The sounds of the soldiers singing together and the boy choristers of the royal chapel chanting as the bishop carried the host in procession through the camp, the soldiers bowing low in reverence. The horizon turning to fiery red and then to blue in the gathering dusk. The sparks flying up from the fires into the night sky as the first of the stars came out.
And most of all, I remember my mother, warming herself at the fire along with her soldiers,

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"Catherine is a lyrical narrator . . . a rich and gripping tale." —Publishers Weekly on The Unfaithful Queen

“An exquisitely realistic portrait of Tudor England. . . . compelling reading. . . . Historical fiction fans can’t get enough of the Tudors; this engaging story is a worthy addition to the genre.” —Library Journal on Rival to the Queen

“I re-read the final pages, as hungry for more as a child scraping the last crumbs of chocolate cake off her plate with her fingers.” —New York Times Book Review on The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette


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About the Author

Carolly Erickson

Among CAROLLY ERICKSON’s twenty-eight critically acclaimed, prize-winning, bestselling books are biographies, histories and the recent series of fictional historical entertainments. Her books include The Last Wife of Henry VIII, The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette, and The Unfaithful Queen. Her range is wide, her audience worldwide. She lives in Washington and Hawaii.

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The Spanish Queen
A Novel of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon
Carolly Erickson

e-Book Agency

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St. Martin's Press
October 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250038388
ISBN10: 1250038383
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$12.99

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Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
October 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250000125
ISBN10: 1250000122
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$25.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
10/7/2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250049117
ISBN10: 1250049113
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$15.99
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