2010-11-23

Katherine the Queen

By Linda Porter
  • Full Title : Katherine the Queen
  • Author : Linda Porter
  • Publisher : St. Martin\'s Press
  • ISBN Code : 9781429918305
  • Pages : 400
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  • Language : English
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The general perception of Katherine Parr is that she was a provincial nobody with intellectual pretensions who became queen of England because the king needed a nurse as his health declined. Yet the real Katherine Parr was attractive, passionate, ambitious, and highly intelligent. Thirty-years-old (younger than Anne Boleyn had been) when she married the king, she was twice widowed and held hostage by the northern rebels during the great uprising of 1536-37 known as the Pilgrimage of Grace. Her life had been dramatic even before she became queen and it would remain so after Henry's death. She hastily and secretly married her old flame, the rakish Sir Thomas Seymour, and died shortly after giving birth to her only child in September 1548. Her brief happiness was undermined by the very public flirtation of her husband and step-daughter, Princess Elizabeth. She was one of the most influential and active queen consorts in English history, and this is her story.


2020-12-15

Katherine Parr

By Don Matzat
  • Full Title : Katherine Parr
  • Author : Don Matzat
  • Publisher : Amberley Publishing Limited
  • ISBN Code : 1445696878
  • Pages : 288
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  • Language : English
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An original new biography of Henry VIII's last wife, Katherine Parr, which shows the strength of the Queen's devotion to protestant beliefs over and beyond her political and personal fortunes.


2016-04-07

Katherine Howard

By Josephine Wilkinson
  • Full Title : Katherine Howard
  • Author : Josephine Wilkinson
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • ISBN Code : 1444796283
  • Pages : 320
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'An impressive revisionist biography' The Times Looming out of the encroaching darkness of the February evening was London Bridge, still ornamented with the severed heads of Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham; the terrible price they had paid for suspected intimacy with the queen. Katherine now reached the Tower of London, her final destination. Katherine Howard was the fifth wife of Henry VIII and cousin to the executed Anne Boleyn. She first came to court as a young girl of fourteen, but even prior to that her fate had been sealed and she was doomed to die. She was beheaded in 1542 for crimes of adultery and treason, in one of the most sensational scandals of the Tudor age. The traditional story of Henry VIII's fifth queen dwells on her sexual exploits before she married the king, and her execution is seen as her just dessert for having led an abominable life. However, the true story of Katherine Howard could not be more different. Far from being a dark tale of court factionalism and conspiracy, Katherine's story is one of child abuse, family ambition, religious conflict and political and sexual intrigue. It is also a tragic love story. A bright, kind and intelligent young woman, Katherine was fond of clothes and dancing, yet she also had a strong sense of duty and tried to be a good wife to Henry. She handled herself with grace and queenly dignity to the end, even as the barge carrying her on her final journey drew up at the Tower of London, where she was to be executed for high treason. Little more than a child in a man's world, she was the tragic victim of those who held positions of authority over her, and from whose influence she was never able to escape.


2016-05-05

Six Tudor Queens: Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen

By Alison Weir
  • Full Title : Six Tudor Queens: Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen
  • Author : Alison Weir
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • ISBN Code : 1472227492
  • Pages : 480
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  • Language : English
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*A Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller* Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen by bestselling historian Alison Weir, author of The Lost Tudor Princess, is the first in a spellbinding six novel series about Henry VIII's Queens. Alison takes you on an engrossing journey at Katherine's side and shows her extraordinary strength of character and intelligence. Ideal for fans of Philippa Gregory and Elizabeth Chadwick. 'Shatters the many myths about Henry VIII's long-suffering first wife' Tracy Borman 'Weir is excellent on the little details that bring a world to life' Guardian A Spanish princess. Raised to be modest, obedient and devout. Destined to be an English Queen. Six weeks from home across treacherous seas, everything is different: the language, the food, the weather. And for her there is no comfort in any of it. At sixteen-years-old, Catalina is alone among strangers. She misses her mother. She mourns her lost brother. She cannot trust even those assigned to her protection. KATHERINE OF ARAGON. The first of Henry's Queens. Her story. History tells us how she died. This captivating novel shows us how she lived. SIX TUDOR QUEENS. SIX NOVELS. SIX YEARS. Praise for Alison Weir and Katherine of Aragon: 'A tender understanding of and genuine sympathy for this proud, much-loved and honourable Queen. . . I was gripped [from] start to finish' Mavis Cheek 'Well-researched and engrossing' Good Housekeeping 'Yet again, Alison Weir has managed to intertwine profound historical knowledge with huge emotional intelligence, to compose a work that throws light on an endlessly fascinating historical figure. Yet her real gift in all of this is making it feel so fresh and alive' Earl Spencer 'This exquisite book charts the rise and fall of Henry VIII's first wife, Katherine. . . A fascinating insight into this period of our history. Weir's undeniable strength is her immaculate description, enabling the reader to be transported back to Tudor England' Sun 'Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen is a true tour de force. Finely crafted, this novel is wonderful historical fiction and an outstanding introduction to the Six Tudor Queens series' Queen Anne Boleyn Blog 'Known for bestselling historical biographies, Alison Weir is in command of her detail . . . her handling of Katherine's misery and dignified response to her predicament is very touching' Elizabeth Buchan, Daily Mail


2020-12-13

Snow White and Her Queen 2

By Anna Ferrara
  • Full Title : Snow White and Her Queen 2
  • Author : Anna Ferrara
  • Publisher : Anna Ferrara Books
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  • Pages : 250
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Long before there was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, there were two other stories some preferred not to tell… “I have three profitable businesses and more money than anybody else in the land, some people even say I’m the fairest in the land, and yet you who obviously enjoys everything I buy for you are ashamed of being seen with me because I am a woman?!” One year after leaving the North behind, Queen Katherine and Princess Eirwen find themselves struggling with new desires they never had to deal with before. It doesn’t help that Eirwen’s new cinder dust covered apprentice brings to Eirwen something Katherine can never give, while someone Katherine once knew has taken to calling them “beasts”. When desire brings out the worst in them and those around them, Katherine and Eirwen have to seek creative ways to get to that happily ever after they once thought possible, before it slips out of their reach once again, this time maybe forever and always.


2010-01-15

Catherine Parr

By Elizabeth Norton
  • Full Title : Catherine Parr
  • Author : Elizabeth Norton
  • Publisher : Amberley Publishing Limited
  • ISBN Code : 1445606798
  • Pages : 352
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Wife, widow, mother, survivor, the story of the last queen of Henry VIII.


2019-04-29

Katherine Howard

By Conor Byrne
  • Full Title : Katherine Howard
  • Author : Conor Byrne
  • Publisher : The History Press
  • ISBN Code : 0750991585
  • Pages : 224
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  • Language : English
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Over the years Katherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, has been slandered as a ‘juvenile delinquent’, ‘empty-headed wanton’ and ‘natural born tart’, who engaged in promiscuous liaisons prior to her marriage and committed adultery after. Though she was bright, charming and beautiful, her actions in a climate of distrust and fear of female sexuality led to her ruin in 1542 after less than two years as queen. In this in-depth biography, Conor Byrne uses the results of six years of research to challenge these assumptions, arguing that Katherine’s notorious reputation is unfounded and redeeming her as Henry VIII’s most defamed queen. He offers new insights into her activities and behaviour as consort, as well as the nature of her relationships with Manox, Dereham and Culpeper, looking at her representations in media and how they have skewed popular opinion. Who was the real Katherine Howard and has society been wrong to judge her so harshly for the past 500 years?


2009-01-15

Catherine Howard

By Lacey Baldwin-Smith
  • Full Title : Catherine Howard
  • Author : Lacey Baldwin-Smith
  • Publisher : Amberley Publishing Limited
  • ISBN Code : 144560681X
  • Pages : 224
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A biography of Henry VIII's fifth wife, beheaded for playing Henry at his own game - adultery.


2012-01-31

Sister Queens

By Julia Fox
  • Full Title : Sister Queens
  • Author : Julia Fox
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • ISBN Code : 0345532317
  • Pages : 464
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  • Language : English
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The history books have cast Katherine of Aragon, the first queen of King Henry VIII of England, as the ultimate symbol of the Betrayed Woman, cruelly tossed aside in favor of her husband’s seductive mistress, Anne Boleyn. Katherine’s sister, Juana of Castile, wife of Philip of Burgundy and mother of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, is portrayed as “Juana the Mad,” whose erratic behavior included keeping her beloved late husband’s coffin beside her for years. But historian Julia Fox, whose previous work painted an unprecedented portrait of Jane Boleyn, Anne’s sister, offers deeper insight in this first dual biography of Katherine and Juana, the daughters of Spain’s Ferdinand and Isabella, whose family ties remained strong despite their separation. Looking through the lens of their Spanish origins, Fox reveals these queens as flesh-and-blood women—equipped with character, intelligence, and conviction—who are worthy historical figures in their own right. When they were young, Juana’s and Katherine’s futures appeared promising. They had secured politically advantageous marriages, but their dreams of love and power quickly dissolved, and the unions for which they’d spent their whole lives preparing were fraught with duplicity and betrayal. Juana, the elder sister, unexpectedly became Spain’s sovereign, but her authority was continually usurped, first by her husband and later by her son. Katherine, a young widow after the death of Prince Arthur of Wales, soon remarried his doting brother Henry and later became a key figure in a drama that altered England’s religious landscape. Ousted from the positions of power and influence they had been groomed for and separated from their children, Katherine and Juana each turned to their rich and abiding faith and deep personal belief in their family’s dynastic legacy to cope with their enduring hardships. Sister Queens is a gripping tale of love, duty, and sacrifice—a remarkable reflection on the conflict between ambition and loyalty during an age when the greatest sin, it seems, was to have been born a woman.


2021-02-18

Queens of Jerusalem

By Katherine Pangonis
  • Full Title : Queens of Jerusalem
  • Author : Katherine Pangonis
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • ISBN Code : 1474614108
  • Pages : 288
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  • Language : English
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In 1187 Saladin's armies besieged the holy city of Jerusalem. He had previously annihilated Jerusalem's army at the battle of Hattin, and behind the city's high walls a last-ditch defence was being led by an unlikely trio - including Sibylla, Queen of Jerusalem. They could not resist Saladin, but, if they were lucky, they could negotiate terms that would save the lives of the city's inhabitants. Queen Sibylla was the last of a line of formidable female rulers in the Crusader States of Outremer. Yet for all the many books written about the Crusades, one aspect is conspicuously absent: the stories of women. Queens and princesses tend to be presented as passive transmitters of land and royal blood. In reality, women ruled, conducted diplomatic negotiations, made military decisions, forged alliances, rebelled, and undertook architectural projects. Sibylla's grandmother Queen Melisende was the first queen to seize real political agency in Jerusalem and rule in her own right. She outmanoeuvred both her husband and son to seize real power in her kingdom, and was a force to be reckoned with in the politics of the medieval Middle East. The lives of her Armenian mother, her three sisters, and their daughters and granddaughters were no less intriguing. The lives of this trailblazing dynasty of royal women, and the crusading Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, are the focus of Katherine Pangonis's debut book. In QUEENS OF JERUSALEM she explores the role women played in the governing of the Middle East during periods of intense instability, and how they persevered to rule and seize greater power for themselves when the opportunity presented itself.


2017-03-09

The Blackened Heart

By Alison Weir
  • Full Title : The Blackened Heart
  • Author : Alison Weir
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • ISBN Code : 1472235630
  • Pages : 48
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  • Language : English
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The Blackened Heart by foremost and beloved historian Alison Weir is an e-short and companion piece that bridges the first two novels in the Six Tudor Queens series, Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. Fans of Philippa Gregory and Elizabeth Chadwick will delight in this mysterious tale, drawn together from fragments of history - and a good dose of speculation. Or is it...? Margery Otwell, a self-made gentleman's young daughter, gets her first taste of courtly life when she takes up a position as chamberer to Lady Peche of Lullingstone Castle. Dances, music, feasting - and a seduction - follow, and Margery learns the rules of courtly love the hard way. Saved from disgrace by the kindly Sir John Peche, Margery finds herself at court waiting on Queen Katherine. Little does Margery know that she is already a pawn in a game of power, irrevocably bound to the fall of the lady she will come to love as her mistress, Queen and friend. Praise for Alison Weir and Katherine of Aragon: 'A tender understanding of and genuine sympathy for this proud, much-loved and honourable Queen. . . I was gripped [from] start to finish' Mavis Cheek 'Well-researched and engrossing' Good Housekeeping 'Shatters the many myths about Henry VIII's long-suffering first wife' Tracy Borman 'Weir is excellent on the little details that bring a world to life' Guardian 'Yet again, Alison Weir has managed to intertwine profound historical knowledge with huge emotional intelligence, to compose a work that throws light on an endlessly fascinating historical figure. Yet her real gift in all of this is making it feel so fresh and alive' Earl Spencer 'Alison Weir clearly admires her heroine . . . meticulously researched' The Times 'This exquisite book charts the rise and fall of Henry VIII's first wife, Katherine. . . A fascinating insightinto this period of our history. Weir's undeniable strength is her immaculate description, enabling the reader to be transported back to Tudor England' Sun 'Weir manages to untangle the complex web of 16th-century politics, shown through Katherine's duties as ambassador, and her astute reading of the games being played. This adds greatly to the heft of the character, demonstrating what a competent woman she was becoming' Herald Scotland 'Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen is a true tour de force. Finely crafted, this novel is wonderfulhistorical fiction and an outstanding introduction to the Six Tudor Queens series' Queen Anne Boleyn Blog 'Known for bestselling historical biographies, Alison Weir is in command of her detail . . . her handling of Katherine's misery and dignified response to her predicament is very touching' Elizabeth Buchan, Daily Mail


2014-11-05

Le lys et le léopard

By Anne O'Brien
  • Full Title : Le lys et le léopard
  • Author : Anne O'Brien
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • ISBN Code : 2280334909
  • Pages : 544
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Le destin de Catherine de Valois, princesse de France devenue Reine d'Angleterre. En cette année 1415, alors que la guerre de Cent Ans fait rage depuis des décennies, Catherine de Valois, fille du roi de France, est offerte en tribut au vainqueur d’Azincourt, le roi Henri V d’Angleterre. Eblouie par son royal époux, la jeune reine rêve quelque temps de s’en faire aimer, avant de comprendre que c’est son héritage que le roi convoite et que son seul désir est qu’elle lui donne un enfant qui puisse un jour porter les deux couronnes de France et d’Angleterre. Hélas, Catherine vient à peine de mettre au monde le fils tant attendu, que Henri meurt subitement. Enjeu d’alliances et de violentes convoitises, la jeune reine est obligée de vivre sous tutelle, prisonnière d’une cour qui lui dénie le droit d’avoir encore un cœur. Jusqu’au jour où, parmi les gens de sa maison, un Gallois, Owen Tudor, attire son attention. Une union interdite à une femme de son rang. Mais, résolue à tout risquer, Catherine décide de prendre son destin en main, et de braver ceux qui ont fait d’elle l’otage de la couronne et de leurs propres ambitions. A propos de l'auteur : Longtemps professeur d’histoire, Anne O’Brien a, un jour, quitté l’enseignement pour écrire des romans, mais sa fascination pour le passé reste entière. Un passé que la romancière excelle à nous rendre présent, tout comme elle parvient à rendre proches de nous ses héroïnes — ces femmes qui, en dépit des siècles qui nous séparent, nous ressemblent étrangement.


2012-05-14

Wicked Women of Tudor England

By R. Warnicke
  • Full Title : Wicked Women of Tudor England
  • Author : R. Warnicke
  • Publisher : Springer
  • ISBN Code : 0230391931
  • Pages : 272
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  • Language : English
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This fascinating study delves into the lives of six Tudor women celebrated for their reputed wickedness. Collected here are accounts of Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard, Anne Seymour, Lettice Dudley, and Jane and Alice More. Warnicke rescues these women from historical misrepresentations and helps us to rediscover the complex world of Tudor society.


2013-04-25

The Children of Henry VIII

By John Guy
  • Full Title : The Children of Henry VIII
  • Author : John Guy
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191655937
  • Pages : 280
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  • Language : English
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Behind the façade of politics and pageantry at the Tudor court, there was a family drama. Nothing drove Henry VIII, England's wealthiest and most powerful king, more than producing a legitimate male heir and so perpetuating his dynasty. To that end, he married six wives, became the subject of the most notorious divorce case of the sixteenth century, and broke with the pope, all in an age of international competition and warfare, social unrest and growing religious intolerance and discord. Henry fathered four living children, each by a different mother. Their interrelationships were often scarred by jealously, mutual distrust, sibling rivalry, even hatred. Possessed of quick wits and strong wills, their characters were defined partly by the educations they received, and partly by events over which they had no control. Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond, although recognized as the king's son, could never forget his illegitimacy. Edward died while still in his teens, desperately plotting to exclude his half-sisters from the throne. Mary's world was shattered by her mother's divorce and her own unhappy marriage. Elizabeth was the most successful, but also the luckiest. Even so, she lived with the knowledge that her father had ordered her mother's execution, was often in fear of her own life, and could never marry the one man she truly loved. Henry's children idolized their father, even if they differed radically over how to perpetuate his legacy. To tell their stories, John Guy returns to the archives, drawing on a vast array of contemporary records, personal letters, and first-hand accounts.


2012-01-30

Wonder in Shakespeare

By A. Cohen
  • Full Title : Wonder in Shakespeare
  • Author : A. Cohen
  • Publisher : Springer
  • ISBN Code : 1137011629
  • Pages : 226
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  • Language : English
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In the first part of this book, Adam Max Cohen embraces the many meanings of wonder in order to challenge the generic divides between comedy, tragedy, history, and romance and suggests that Shakespeare's primary goal in crafting each of his playworlds was the evocation of one or more varieties of wonder.


2014-11-20

Material Cultures of Early Modern Women's Writing

By P. Pender,R. Smith
  • Full Title : Material Cultures of Early Modern Women's Writing
  • Author : P. Pender,R. Smith
  • Publisher : Springer
  • ISBN Code : 1137342439
  • Pages : 214
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  • Language : English
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This collection examines the diverse material cultures through which early modern women's writing was produced, transmitted, and received. It focuses on the ways it was originally packaged and promoted, how it circulated in its contemporary contexts, and how it was read and received in its original publication and in later revisions and redactions.


2014-02-01

The Forbidden Queen

By Anne O'Brien
  • Full Title : The Forbidden Queen
  • Author : Anne O'Brien
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • ISBN Code : 1460325362
  • Pages : 400
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  • Language : English
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An innocent pawn A kingdom without a king A new dynasty will reign… 1415. The jewel in the French crown, Katherine de Valois, is waiting under lock and key for King Henry V. While he's been slaughtering her kinsmen in Agincourt, Katherine has been praying for marriage to save her from her misery. But the brutal king wants her crown, not her innocent love. For Katherine, England is a lion's den of greed, avarice and mistrust. And when she is widowed at twenty-one, she becomes a prize ripe for the taking—her young son the future monarch, her hand in marriage worth a kingdom. This is a deadly political game, one the dowager queen must learn fast. The players—the Duke of Gloucester, Edmund Beaufort and Owen Tudor—are circling. Who will have her? Who will ruin her? This is the story of Katherine de Valois. "Anne O'Brien has joined the exclusive club of excellent historical novelists." —Sunday Express "An absolutely gripping tale that is both superbly written and meticulously researched." —The Sun


2010-07-08

The Confession of Katherine Howard

By Suzannah Dunn
  • Full Title : The Confession of Katherine Howard
  • Author : Suzannah Dunn
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • ISBN Code : 0007374879
  • Pages : 320
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  • Language : English
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The new novel from the bestselling author of THE SIXTH WIFE.


2020-10-15

Arden Shakespeare Third Series Complete Works

By Ann Thompson,David Scott Kastan,H. R. Woudhuysen,Richard Proudfoot
  • Full Title : Arden Shakespeare Third Series Complete Works
  • Author : Ann Thompson,David Scott Kastan,H. R. Woudhuysen,Richard Proudfoot
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN Code : 1474296408
  • Pages : 1512
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  • Language : English
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This new Complete Works marks the completion of the Arden Shakespeare Third Series and includes the complete plays, poems and sonnets, edited by leading international scholars. New to this edition are the 'apocryphal' plays, part-written by Shakespeare: Double Falsehood, Sir Thomas More and King Edward III. The anthology is unique in giving all three extant texts of Hamlet from Shakespeare's time: the first and second Quarto texts of 1603 and 1604-5, and the first Folio text of 1623. With a simple alphabetical arrangement the Complete Works are easy to navigate, and the reader's understanding and enjoyment are enhanced by the general introduction, short individual introductions to each text, a glossary and a bibliography. This handsome volume is ideal for readers keen to explore Shakespeare's work and for anyone building their literary library.


2015-10-01

La malédiction du roi

By Philippa Gregory
  • Full Title : La malédiction du roi
  • Author : Philippa Gregory
  • Publisher : Hugo Roman
  • ISBN Code : 2755625260
  • Pages : 469
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Entre amour, complot et malédiction, il n'est pas évident d'être une femme à la cour des Tudors. Angleterre, 1499. Margaret Pole, fille de Georges, duc de Clarence, et d'Isabelle Neville, devient après l'assassinat de son frère Edouard Plantagenêt, sur ordre du roi Henri VII, la seule survivante de la dynastie des Plantagenêt. Marié à Sir Pole, cousin du roi, elle sera veuve en 1505, avec cinq enfants. Destituée de ses terres et de ses titres, elle tombe dans la pauvreté. Sa vie change avec l'arrivée de la princesse espagnole Catherine d'Aragon et son mariage avec Henri VIII. Margaret est alors restaurée : elle obtient de titre de comtesse de Salisbury, devient première dame de compagnie de la reine et gouvernante de la princesse Marie. Mais il s'avère que le roi n'a pas de fils et donc pas d'héritier. On parlera alors de la "malédiction du roi", qui aurait été jetée par Elisabeth Woodville et sa fille La Princesse Blanche contre les Tudors. Malédiction ou pas, cette question provoquera la rupture d'Henri VIII avec l'Église de Rome, celui-ci souhaitant divorcer de Catherine et épouser Anne Boleyn. Notre héroine Margaret devra choisir entre son allégeance au roi et sa loyauté envers la reine et la princesse. Du fait de ses liens avec la famille royale, elle se retrouvera avec ses fils au centre des intrigues, au point que sa liberté et sa vie seront menacées...