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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: December 2012 ISBN: 9781427227133
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny Meridius | 1/29/2014

    " It's not really fair of me to review this one since I've read almost all her other books, most of which are phenomenal. I think the best were her first few, so all the recent ones tend to pale in comparison. Nevertheless, if it's a Carolly Erickon historical fiction or non-fiction it is going to be amazing. Her captivating writing style coupled with her vast knowledge of the subject matter are what make her novels what they are. Of The Unfaithful Wife, I must say that she made Catherine Howard more interesting than history portrays her. I always found her the most boring of the six, but she really comes to life in this novel. No matter how many stupid mistakes she made, I found myself rooting for her even though I knew how it would end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan Donati | 1/18/2014

    " A quick read, but the characters were a bit two-dimensional. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica Williams | 1/7/2014

    " Like the other works in his Erickson's "entertainments" this one is fun, fast paced read. Fans of Tudor fiction know how Catherine Howard's story ends. A young girl married to an old, cranky, and ill man is never going to end well. And when the old, cranky, man is the King Henry VIII, it will end very badly if he finds he has been betrayed. Interestingly this book portrays Anne of Cleves as much nastier than she's ever been portrayed. Its an interesting twist. The story of course ends the way it is expected, but getting there is very entertaining. Its a nice fast paced fun read- perfect for those who are Phillipa Gregory fans or fans of Tudor historical novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ty Barnett | 1/7/2014

    " I love reading books like this. I was surprised how Catherine Howard life was. Interesting book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita Williams | 12/29/2013

    " Easy fun historical read....loved time period in England. Fascinating discussion on King and his court and his trials to win truce with James in Scotland. The book was not deep and a nice read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candy | 12/26/2013

    " Really enjoyed this. Was a pleasant change to see Catherine Howard portrayed as something besides a bimbo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 12/26/2013

    " I enjoyed this interpretation of Henry's fifth wife, Catherine Howard. I haven't read any historical fiction written about her time as queen or from her perspective. It seems that there is more out there on Catharine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. Good read - light and easy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Florence Primrose | 12/25/2013

    " This was an interesting historical novel of the life of Catherine, She was chosen as a young girl to be the wife of Henry the VIII. As a teenager she was ill-prepared for the intrigue and the corruption in the court. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 12/16/2013

    " Katherines Howard have to stick together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly Macaulay | 12/11/2013

    " I love Tudor fiction! This book was a quick read and the author added details to make an interesting story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandie | 12/6/2013

    " This is barely a 3 star book. While I love historical fiction, this one is a little too "entertainment" . The writing style was lacking as well "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 9/14/2013

    " An enlighting view of a much maligned wife of the most famous English King.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nattie | 9/14/2013

    " I thought that this books was going to be good; I usually enjoy Carolly Erickson. It was a stinker. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casey Mead | 6/21/2013

    " A thoroughly enjoyable novel of Henry the VIII's fifth wife Catherine Howard. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie The Librarian | 3/21/2013

    " Almost reached the end and lost interest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 3/16/2013

    " An OK book about Henry VIII's least interesting wife. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen Stein | 3/7/2013

    " Good, since it is history that did happen, sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/6/2013

    " I think this is one of Erickson's best. Normally Catherine Howard is the wife I have the least intrest in, but this book pulled me in and made me think of her a whole new. Not the most historically accurate but still a great read. Highly recommend! "

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About the Author
Author Carolly Erickson

Carolly Erickson is the bestselling author of many distinguished works of nonfiction and a series of historical entertainments, blending fact and invention. Her historical biographies include The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette, The First Elizabeth, Her Little Majesty, and Alexandra. She lives in Hawaii.

About the Narrator

Nicola Barber is a voice-over actor who can be heard on audiobooks, video games, and international radio and television. Born in England and living in New York, she specializes in accents, including American, Scottish, Irish, Australian, and all dialects of British. She has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards.