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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (261 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carolly Erickson Narrator: Nicola Barber Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Amid the turbulent, faction-ridden late reign of the fearsome Henry, eager high-spirited Catherine Howard caught the king's eye—but not before she had been the sensual plaything of at least three other men. Ignorant of her past, seeing only her youthful exuberance and believing that she could make him happy, he married her—only to discover, too late, that her heart belonged to his gentleman usher Tom Culpeper. 

As the net of court intrigue tightens around her, and with the Tudor succession yet again in peril because of Prince Edward's severe illness, Queen Catherine struggles to give the angry, bloated and impotent king a son. But when her relations turn against her, she finds herself doomed, just as her cousin Anne Boleyn was, to face the executioner.

The Unfaithful Queen lays bare the dark underbelly of the Tudor court, with its sugared rivalries and bitter struggles for power, where a girl of noble family could find herself sent to labor among the turnspits in the kitchens or—should fortune favor her—be exalted to the throne.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Meagan Catherine | 2/19/2014

    " This is the first book I have ever read about Catherine Howard..thought it was pretty good! Definitely kept my interest "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jenn | 2/18/2014

    " Fun, quick read. Erickson isn't half as salacious as Gregory, alas ;) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kareemah | 2/3/2014

    " Pretty much a skimming, fluff treatment of this person and the events . Easy read, don't take it as actual fact "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tiffany | 1/31/2014

    " Another notch in my Tudor history-reading belt, "The Unfaithful Queen" is just ... fine. The writing is clean, but not literary; the characters are believable, but not compelling. There's nothing *wrong* with this book, but it just doesn't sizzle. Also, I imagine that some people will object to Erickson's characterization of Catherine Howard. Erickson's Catherine can read and write and is capable of analytical thought, traits that are generally not born out by the historical record. I confess that I prefer a bit more "history" and a bit less "fiction" in my historical fiction, but since I only needed to invest about four hours in this (library) book, I'm satisfied. "

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