Widowed for the second time at age 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, and 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.
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