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Queen's Gambit: A Novel - Elizabeth Fremantle
Queen's Gambit: A Novel
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This brilliant historical fiction debut takes you into the heart of the Tudor court and the life and loves of the clever, charismatic Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth and last wife.Widowed for the second time aged thirty-one, Katherine Parr finds she has fallen deeply for the dashing courtier... show more
This brilliant historical fiction debut takes you into the heart of the Tudor court and the life and loves of the clever, charismatic Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth and last wife.Widowed for the second time aged thirty-one, Katherine Parr finds she has fallen deeply for the dashing courtier Thomas Seymour and hopes at last to marry for love. However, obliged to return to court, she attracts the attentions of another: the ailing, egotistical and dangerously powerful monarch Henry VIII, who dispatches his love rival, Seymour, to the continent. No one is in a position to refuse a royal proposal so, haunted by the fates of his previous wives—two executions; two enforced annulments; one death in childbirth—Katherine is obliged to wed Henry Tudor and become his sixth queen. Committed to religious reform, Katherine must draw upon all her instincts to navigate the treachery of the court, drawing a tight circle of women around her including her stepdaughter Meg, traumatized by events from their past that are shrouded in secrecy, and their loyal servant Dot, who knows and sees more than she understands. But with the Catholic faction on the rise once more, reformers being burned for heresy, and those close to the king vying for position in the new regime, Katherine’s survival seems unlikely. Yet as she treads the razor’s edge of court intrigue, she never quite gives up on love. A must-read for fans of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir, Queen’s Gambit brings to life the remarkable story of Katherine Parr as she battles with those intent on destroying her, but also with her own heart.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781476703060 (147670306X)
ASIN: 147670306X
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
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Carpe Librum
Carpe Librum rated it
4.5 Queen's Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle
This novel is an exceptional debut that introduces the reader to a Katherine Parr who is more than others have written her to be. She is a pious nurse to older husbands, but that is far from all there is to Queen Katherine. Fremantle has created a multi-dimensional character and bravely filled in hi...
Sorry kids, no feet.
Sorry kids, no feet. rated it
5.0 Queen's Gambit: A Novel
If I would have known Elizabeth Freemantle's next book is not available until July, I may not have sped my way through this book as fast as I did. Ms. Freemantle succeeded in completely immersing me in Tudor England in a way I have never experienced. The manner in which her characters were written i...
Telynor's Library, and then some
Telynor's Library, and then some rated it
3.0 Queen's Gambit: Do we really need another Tudor historical novel out here?
In my never-failing quest to find good historical fiction, most of the time I encounter books that fail mightily in the satisfaction department. Oh, they could have great descriptions, interesting characters, a great plot, or just good writing -- but somewhere, somehow, along the way, they fumble, a...
susanvoss18
susanvoss18 rated it
4.0 Queen's Gambit: A Novel
This is a rich and thoroughly engaging book, alternating between Kit’s and Dot’s point of view, giving the readers both the royal and kitchen scene. The main characters walk onto the page fully formed, with back stories and goals of their own. I was easily drawn into the story. I will say that brief...
The Book-Addled Brain
The Book-Addled Brain rated it
4.0 Queen's Gambit
Queen's Gambit: A Novel - Elizabeth Fremantle Fans of Philippa Gregory will enjoy Queen's Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle. It seems that Tudor-centric historical fiction tends to focus the spotlight on Anne Boleyn, so it was nice to see Henry VIII's sixth wife, Katherine Parr, receive some attent...
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