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By the #1 New York Times bestselling author, a novel of passion and power at the court of a medieval killer, a riveting new Tudor tale featuring King Henry VIII’s sixth wife Kateryn Parr.

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 the first woman to publish in English, 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 the bestselling author who has illuminated 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.

Fiction & Literature
August 25
Atria Books

Customer Reviews

Terapintpaf ,


The first half of the book is reduntant and often tedius. However, it picks up and becomes a “cant put it down” book.

Perky too ,

The Taming of the Queen

Like many of the other reviewers, I have read many of Gregory's novels. I did not enjoy this as much as some of her others. It was very long and repetitive. We didn't need to read about the queen's nightmare more than once. We get the picture...Henry is old and fat and smells bad and if we have read about him we know he is going to die soon. Katherine Parr was a woman ahead of her time and we don't know quite as much about her as we do about Henry's other wives, so from that point it was enjoyable. Still my least favorite of her books.

Shankapotamuss ,

Couldn't put it down!

One of the best books in the Tudor series!

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