The Last Wife of Henry VIII

  • by Carolly Erickson
  • Narrated by Terry Donnelly
  • 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the luxuries of court to the last gory years of the outsize King Henry, when heads rolled and England trembled, Catherine bestrode her destiny and survived to marry her true love. She was the least known of Henry VIII's six wives, but the cleverest of them all.Alluring, witty, and resourceful, she attracted the king's lust and, though in love with the handsome Thomas Seymour, was thrown into the snake pit of the royal court. While victims of the king's wrath suffered torture and execution, Catherine withstood the onslaught, even when Henry sought to replace her with a seventh wife. She survived her royal husband, and found happiness with Seymour, but it was shadowed by rivalry with the young Princess Elizabeth, whose affection Seymour coveted. Catherine won the contest, but at great cost.

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What the Critics Say

"Erickson, known best for her lively and popular histories...engages with this fictionalized, first-person life of Catherine Parr." (Publishers Weekly)

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Beware this book is fiction!

This book was in the English History category but should be with historical fiction. It is a story.
Only purchase if you are looking for light reading, very light reading!
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- Janice

So interesting to hear about the last Queen

In History lessons, and most documents covering the wives of Henry VIII, Catherine Parr is just an add on at the end, with no character of her own. She is often described as a nurse, or a middle aged nobody. It is interesting to read this book, which has lead me to read on further, to find she was quite the political animal.

My only quibble with this book is the narrator, who I find a bit insipid, but the story still held my attention despite that.
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- Elaine Wood

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-09-2006
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio