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Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen Paperback – 1 January 1900

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"Alison Weir starts off her fictional series about the wives of Henry VIII with a nuanced portrayal of Katherine of Aragon."--The Christian Science Monitor

"Weir is excellent on the little details that bring a world to life."--The Guardian

"As always, Weir demonstrates a keen eye for crafting dramatic scenes of beautiful, accurate detail, instilling in the reader a vivid sense of being there. . . . If this greatly impressive inaugural installment is any indication, Tudor lovers have much to look forward to."--Booklist (starred review)

"Vividly detailed . . . Weir brings considerable expertise to her fictional retelling of the life of Katherine of Aragon. . . . [The author] portrays her sympathetically as both credulous and steely."--Kirkus Reviews

"The novel provides a fascinating glimpse into the personal life of Queen Katherine behind the intricate and vicious political intrigues of the Tudor court. . . . Meticulous research, combined with Alison Weir's empathy for her subject, makes this an illuminating and engaging portrait of 'the true queen.'"--Historical Novels Review

"[Weir's] fresh approach to Henry's first wife [is] a wonderful place to start for those unfamiliar with Katherine's story. Weir's portrayal is far from that of a weak, victimized woman, but one of a courageous, strong, devoted queen fighting for her life and rights. An easy, quick read to begin the series."--RT Book Reviews

"In this first novel of the Six Tudor Queens series, Alison Weir dazzlingly brings Katherine of Aragon to life. Based on extensive new research, it is a portrayal that shatters the many myths about Henry VIII's long-suffering first wife. Far from being the one-dimensional victim of history, she emerges as a charismatic, indomitable, and courageous heroine whose story never fails to enthrall."--Tracy Borman, author of Thomas Cromwell

"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 figure. But her real gift in all of this is making it feel so fresh and alive."--Charles Spencer, author of Killers of the King

About the Author

Alison Weir is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Marriage Game, A Dangerous Inheritance, Captive Queen, The Lady Elizabeth, and Innocent Traitor and numerous historical biographies, including The Lost Tudor Princess, Elizabeth of York, Mary Boleyn, The Lady in the Tower, Mistress of the Monarchy, Henry VIII, Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Life of Elizabeth I, and The Six Wives of Henry VIII. She lives in Surrey, England, with her husband.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (1 January 1900)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 656 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1101966505
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1101966501
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.05 x 3.43 x 20.93 cm
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Alison Weir lives and works in Surrey. Her books include Britain's Royal Families, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Children of England, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry VIII: King and Court, Mary, Queen of Scots and Isabella: She-Wolf of France.

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wow.. WoW... WOW!!!!! What a fantastic book!! It’s very insightful and Alison Weir has done an amazing job at creating a fiction that stays true to the historical facts from the period of 1501 when Katherine landed in England to marry Arthur, through to her death in 1536.

What I enjoyed the most was how Alison portrayed this from Katherines point of view, and how she took into account what Katherine knew about the events going on around her and how she would of found out about what was going on in the world. Chapuys being her main link.

After reading lots of books on the Tudors there have been questions surrounding Katherine as to whether her marriage to Arthur was consummated. Many people believe that it was consummated and that it was a noble lie of Katherine as her purpose was to be Queen of England. But with recent research by Giles Tremlett and Patrick Williams it now looks certain that her marriage to Arthur was not consummated. I really like how Alison has portrayed this in the book.

Honestly out of all the books I have read, I highly recommend this book. Especially if you want to learn more about Katherine of Aragon. Of course you have to take into account that things they say may not be quite accurate but as Alison has said “I have kept closely to the historical record” and she really has!

Absolutely brilliant! I could go on and on about how wonderful this is but go and check out for yourselves!
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