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The Last Wife of Henry VIII

A Novel

Author: Carolly Erickson

The Last Wife of Henry VIII

The Last Wife of Henry VIII

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Courageous, romantic, intelligent: Catherine Parr became the sixth wife of Henry VIII and her story, as Carolly Erickson recreates it, is riveting drama
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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.

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St. Martin's Griffin



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“[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

“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, on The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette

“[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) on The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette

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The Last Wife of Henry VIII

The Last Wife of Henry VIII