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Why would a woman marry a serial killer?

Because she cannot refuse....

Kateryn Parr, a 30-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 16 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 an author who has described 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.

©2015 Philippa Gregory (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

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A Must-Read for the Modern Woman

Loved the detail! A striking account of politics and romance. Informative both as to the politics of the time and the probable mindsets of a courtier at the end of Henry’s reign. In this novel, Philippa Gregory beautifully captures how it feels to be an intelligent woman in a man’s world, and brings Catherine Parr’s legacy- not just as Queen- to the forefront. A must-read for the modern educated woman!

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Love Phillipa Gregory

I absolutely love Phillipa Gregory books. The way that history and these women coincide, and her imagination on how conversations may have went is enthralling. As a history buff, especially when it comes to women of the past, her books completely satisfy and entertain!