OVERRIDE

The Last Wife of Henry VIII

A Novel

Carolly Erickson

St. Martin's Griffin

From the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette comes a powerful new novel about Catherine Parr, The Last Wife of Henry VIII. The least known of Henry VIII’s six wives was the cleverest of them all. Alluring, witty, and resourceful, she attracted the king’s lust and, though much in love with the handsome Thomas Seymour, was thrown into the intrigue-filled snakepit of the royal court. While victims of the king’s wrath suffered torture and execution, Catherine withstood the onslaught, even when Henry sought to replace her with wife number seven. She survived her royal husband, and found happiness with Seymour---but it was shadowed by rivalry with the young Princess Elizabeth, whose affection Seymour coveted. Catherine won the contest, but at great cost.

REVIEWS

Praise for The Last Wife of Henry VIII

Praise for The Last Wife of Henry VIII

 

“[Erickson] engages with this fictionalized, first-person life of Catherine Parr, who actually survived marriage to the dangerous and mercurial Henry Tudor…and who is arguably his most interesting bride.” ---Publishers Weekly

 

“Offers a good view of the intrigue and scheming in the court of Henry VIII.” ---Library Journal

 

Praise for The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette

 

“I read The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette in two days, and when I finished it, I reread the final pages, as hungry for more as a child scraping the last crumbs of chocolate cake off her plate with her fingers.”  ---Judith Warner, The New York Times Book Review

  

“[A] fascinating first novel . . . This intimate look at a misunderstood woman by the author of a biography on the same subject is highly recommended.” ---Library Journal (starred review)

Reviews from Goodreads

BACK

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Carolly Erickson

  • Distinguished historian Carolly Erickson is the author of Rival to the Queen, The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots, The First Elizabeth, The Hidden Life of Josephine, and many other prize-winning works of fiction and nonfiction. Her novel The Tsarina’s Daughter won the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction. She lives in Hawaii.
  • Carolly Erickson Photo: Brian Reed
BACK

COMMUNITY

Tor.com

    MORE BLOG POSTS
    BACK

    READING GUIDE

    ORGANIZING A READING GROUP

    GET THE GUIDE

    Download PDF

    TELL YOUR FRIENDS

    FIND MORE BOOKS

    Go to website

    STAY UPDATED

    Sign Up
    BACK

    BUY THE BOOK

    Available Formats and Book Details

    The Last Wife of Henry VIII

    A Novel

    Carolly Erickson

    BACK

    FROM THE PUBLISHER

    St. Martin's Griffin

    BACK