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The Taming of the Queen
The Taming of the Queen | Philippa Gregory
By the #1 New York Times bestselling author behind the Starz original series The White Queen, a riveting new Tudor tale featuring King Henry VIIIs sixth wife Kateryn Parr, the first English queen to publish under her own name.Why would a woman marry a serial killer? Because she cannot refuse Kateryn Parr, a thirty-year-old widow in a secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when a man old enough to be her father who has buried four wivesKing Henry VIIIcommands her to marry him. Kateryn has no doubt about the danger she faces: the previous queen lasted sixteen months, the one before barely half a year. But Henry adores his new bride and Kateryns trust in him grows as she unites the royal family, creates a radical study circle at the heart of the court, and rules the kingdom as Regent. But is this enough to keep her safe? A leader of religious reform and the first woman to publish in English, Kateryn stands out as an independent woman with a mind of her own. But she cannot save the Protestants, under threat for their faith, and Henrys dangerous gaze turns on her. The traditional churchmen and rivals for power accuse her of heresythe punishment is death by fire and the kings name is on the warrant From an author who has described all of Henrys queens comes a deeply intimate portrayal of the last: a woman who longed for passion, power, and education at the court of a medieval killer.
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Ericalambbrown
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Continuing on my way through the series on the Plantagenet/Tudor women. This one told the story of Catherine Parr and was excellent. I love that the author tells you what was conjecture and what is straight up fiction in her notes at the end. Highly recommend if you are into this sort of history. But I gotta say it once again: Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk is THE WORST.

Now, on to The Queen‘s Fool.

OnlyYoo I loveddd this book. Catherine Parr May have been Henry‘s smartest wife. I can‘t imagine the strength she must have had navigating Henry‘s ever changing moods and religious whims 6mo
Ericalambbrown @OnlyYoo Right? The fact that she was astute enough to survive his whims is impressive. Reading this book makes me wonder how much she influenced Elizabeth I and if Elizabeth‘s decision to remain unmarried was at least partially bolstered by watching what Catherine endured. 6mo
OnlyYoo That‘s really interesting, I‘ve never thought about that but I‘m sure she must have been influenced. I also thought it may have been because it wasn‘t until her mother Anne married Henry that she basically lost all of the power she used to hold over him. 6mo
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BacklistReader
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“I will stand up and speak in my own voice and no man will ever silence me again.”

Philippa Gregory is one of my favorite authors. She‘s also an auto by author for me...that‘s how much I love her. So I had no doubt that I would seriously enjoy this book and I did from the very binging all the way to the last word.

TheBookKeepers I haven‘t read any of her stuff, but based on this review I think I need to check her out!! Love empowered female characters! 1y
BacklistReader Do it....! 😆 1y
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BacklistReader
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Well, that‘s not very nice......

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BacklistReader
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He has broken my spirit and now he will break my neck and I cannot complain, I cannot protest my innocence. I cannot even beg him for a pardon because I cannot breathe.

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BacklistReader
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#DEARathon and #nationalreadabookday. Have 100 pages left and it‘s been raining all day so far. Maybe I can finish today...?

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BacklistReader
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“You‘re saying that it‘s me they want, not her,”

Ooo...Things are about to go down.... 😬

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BacklistReader
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Had to get some tea as the fight between reform and returning to the pope in Rome begins to escalate once again.

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BacklistReader
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Going to try and finish this today.

DebinHawaii Cute pup! 🐶❤️ #dogsoflitsy 1y
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BacklistReader
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I don‘t know how I stand, how I smile and remark on what a beautiful picture it is, how well Elizabeth looks, on the left of the woman who supplanted her mother, s stepmother whom she cannot even remember: her mother‘s lady-in-waiting, the woman who danced the day that her mother was beheaded.

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BacklistReader
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Spending the evening in my current happy place with Kateryn Parr, the sixth and final wife of Henry VIII.

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SheReadsAndWrites
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Sunday 😎

SassyBookworm What a perfect reading spot 😍 I‘m definitely jealous!!! ☺️ 2y
CherylSwafford Lovely picture💞 2y
Reviewsbylola I need a hammock in my life. 😍 2y
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QuietMornings That looks perfect! 2y
rather_be_reading ahhhh looks so peaceful 1y
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SheReadsAndWrites
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This is how to watch the Royal Wedding 👑 #coffee #bed #dog #happysaturday It has made me want to read a Phillipa Gregory.

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sparrowssavvy
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Philippa Gregory didn't disappoint with this one. Love Katherine Parr and Henry VIII. This was rich with historical detail, from the court progress and life to the beautiful clothing descriptions. Truly a wonderful read!

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sparrowssavvy
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Ollivander is yet again helping me with my morning reading

LauraBeth What a gorgeous cat! 😻 2y
sparrowssavvy @LauraBeth thank you!! 2y
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Elizabeth18
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The first half was quite repetitive. But when I was about to put it down and give up the second half surprised me. I found I could no longer put the book down. Kathryn Parr is not a queen I know a lot about and I didn't realise how amazing and influential she was for women. This book explores women's struggles to become more equal to men in a thought provoking way in the eyes of Kathryn Parr. I'm glad I continued. Now need to learn more about her.

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sparrowssavvy
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Ollivander is helping me with my reading this morning

Miss_Kim I just got this from our library so it‘s my next read! 2y
Eggbeater I love your cat's name! 2y
sparrowssavvy @Miss_Kim you'll have to let me know your thoughts! 2y
sparrowssavvy @Eggbeater thank you! I wanted a Harry Potter name. Although he's generally called Ollie 2y
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Elizabeth18
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Hot chocolate and a book. Sunday done right

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Books4Ever
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Amazing book :) I learned so much about religious reform and how dangerous Henry VIII‘s reign was. I‘m definitely going to research Katheryn Parr and search out some of her writing. This book was good to the very last word :) I loved it 😍 p.s. I‘m just on my break at work and fighting a cold, hence the soup, tea, and EmergenC beverage :)

RealLifeReading Hope you feel better! 2y
Books4Ever @RealLifeReading thanks me too 😊 2y
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Books4Ever
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Long time no post :( Philippa Gregory is one of my all time favourite historical fiction writers 🙂 and this book is amazing 🙂 Well researched and full of all that Tudor drama and intrigue 😉 not to mention some very descriptive passages about Henry‘s girth and various bodily issues in his old age, and some of it‘s pretty gross. Loving every page 🙂

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ReadingRuby
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I got to meet Philippa Gregory tonight! I was completely star struck and had no idea what to say. I did get to tell her how much I loved The Taming of the Queen though, my absolutely favourite of all her books. These two have definitely become treasured possessions ❤️

Booksniffer Lucky! 2y
DivineDiana Fantastic! 2y
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Leigh0906
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Not pictured is my giant mug of tea, and the tv- which is tuned to an incredibly cheesy Hallmark Christmas movie. #perfectmorning #currentlyreading

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A_Biblioteca_da_Joao
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ A minha estreia com a autora que me conquistou ao primeiro livro. Adorei a forma como fala sobre História!

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JillR
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I realised I haven't read much about Henry VIII's final queen, Kateryn Parr. I loved the first half where she is allowed to explore and test her intelligence and had no idea she was the first woman to publish original work under her own name in English. This was a little slow and repetitive for me at times and I'm glad to have finished it for that reason, but it has put me back in the mood for the Tudors; I might give Wolf Hall another go!

JillR Picture of Traitor's Gate, Tower of London. I had the shivers the whole time we were there 🤴🏻 3y
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Jilljemmett
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I love Philippa Gregory‘s historical fiction! It‘s all so good!!


#bktjune @letters_from_neverland (A Bestseller)


#bookstagram #bookblogger #bookblog #bibliophile #books #historicalfiction #philippagregory #tudor #england

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JillR
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Where I normally read ❤️#whereiread #riotgrams #howiread

TrishB Look how neat and tidy it is !!! 3y
JillR @TrishB it's my own quiet little corner in an otherwise untidy house 😬 3y
TrishB I don't think there is anywhere that neat and tidy in my house (sadly) maybe when the kids leave home!! 3y
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Ms_T That's a beautiful space. 3y
JillR Thank you @ms_t it is my favourite spot! 📚 3y
JillR @TrishB I'll admit I'm fighting a losing battle with the rest of the house haha 3y
ChloeTallis Bedroom looks great @JillR - great paint job! 😝. 2y
JillR Worth a fall from a tall ladder @ChloeTallis ?! 😉 2y
ChloeTallis Maybe not worth that @JillR 😂 but I'm impressed! Looks so fresh! 2y
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JillR
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A book on the beach. Don't get to do this very often in the UK! 📚☀️ (this was yesterday, it is raining again today...)

Lmstraubie Glad you got a nice day! 3y
JillR @Lmstraubie it was lovely! 3y
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JillR
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I'll admit to a soft spot for Philippa Gregory and her Tudor novels. The way she describes an ageing Henry VIII in the first couple of pages as he approaches his final marriage is already making my skin crawl! 🤴🏻

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candc320
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Not my favorite of Philippa Gregory's books but still very good. Nothing new is revealed about Henry VIII's last wife, Kateryn Parr, but that might be asking much given how much has been written about the Tudors :). Solid audiobook with a fantastic narrator that kept the tension building until the inevitable end. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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StellaDz
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Philippa Gregory makes me mad, but in a good way. She has a knack for illustrating King Henry VIII's villainous side, and she has made me toss books across the room in extreme emotion. I had to withhold myself from doing just that, this time, as this book was on my phone. Katherine Parr can only be seen as a brave and ingenious woman. Her choices were to run or outlive her husband. She managed to do what many of the wives before couldn't.

⭐⭐⭐⭐

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StellaDz
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The next #audiobook! I love Gregory's Tudor series. This one starts off pretty harshly, illustrating the fear in the women that are unlucky enough to catch King Henry VIII's eye...

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clconn17
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I enjoyed this one. I haven't read Philippa Gregory in a long time but remembered liking the Other Boleyn Girl. I didn't know anything about Katheryn Parr so it was interesting to read about her. My two complaints are that it was slow in some spots and ended too abruptly.

PenguinInFlight I love Philippa Gregory's books...some of my favorites! (edited) 3y
readinginthedark I enjoyed The Constant Princess on audio but haven't read any others yet! 3y
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LitHousewife
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I finished it. Thank God! Not Gregory's best nor the best book about Katherine Parr. It started off with good promise, but ended in boredom.

If you want to read about Katherine Parr, read The Queen's Gambit. So, so much better.

Reviewsbylola The only Gregory I have read is The Other Boleyn Girl. Her other books just don't interest me. 3y
LitHousewife @Reviewsbylola That was my favorite of hers. I've enjoyed most, but definitely not this one. Plus, it didn't even cover what happened with her after Henry's death. Oh well... 3y
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LitHousewife
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Would the King or the Queen just go ahead and die already? I'm so tired of all the repetitive melodrama. This novel should have been much shorter or gotten to Henry's death sooner. Blah. I'll push through, but it's been a long time since I've felt this way about one of Gregory's novels.

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LitHousewife
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As always, I'm enjoying this Philippa Gregory novel. I do, however, confess to the following blasphemy: I googled how long Henry VIII and Catherine Parr were married. I know that she was the one living with it, but I was desperate to know how much longer I was going to have to put up with my beloved Henry and all of his various offensive odors. Can't say I've ever looked forward to his death in a book before. #thekingstinks #pleasestopmentioningit

KellyTurner I felt the same when I read Lamentation by CJ Sansom- his death came at a fortuitous time in that book!! 3y
LitHousewife @KellyTurner I've never read his books. They are on my list. When I do, I'll be prepared. 🙂 3y
BethFishReads Hahahaha 3y
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LitHousewife
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I'm cycling through my comfort reads: the procedural (The Trespasser), the soap opera (Big Little Lies), and now I'm moving on to Tudor era fiction, specifically Philippa Gregory. This is why I stay a book or two behind her. I have something new from her just when I need it. I ❤️ Bianca Amato, too.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Love Ms. Gregory's books! 3y
niftytiffd Philippa Gregory is one of my favorite authors! 3y
MaureenMc I read this a few months ago for my book club. It was my first Philippa Gregory. 3y
LitHousewife @MaureenMc You must read The Other Boleyn Girl! It's so good. It was my first and favorite of her books. 3y
MaureenMc @LitHousewife It's on my shelf! I've owned it for years, actually. 😊 3y
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mjdowens
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I just finished this as an audiobook. A gut wrenching view on human and women's rights at a great significant time in history. Even though this is fiction, there is a lot of in depth thought and research into the subject of religion and faith that shows the beginnings of independent thought. Court intrigue is always a plus. Philippa Gregory nails her subject every time.

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HaikuReviews
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Each wife was unique
K.P.-most relatable
Bit repetitive

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KS1805
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Mehso-so

Somewhat anachronistic in tone but otherwise enjoyable.

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skrishna
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I don't understand how Philippa Gregory can take a character I've read about a dozen times (Katherine Parr) and still keep me riveted for every page. She really is the master of British historical fiction.

hwheaties Oooh. 3y
Books4Ever I love Philippa Gregory ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
LitHousewife I have avoided this book for just that reason. I should know better by now. 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage I loved this book - Katherine was fascinating. 3y
ChasingOm Agreed! I ❤️ her books. 3y
MaureenMc Just started this tonight for my book club! 3y
ashlieelizabeth OMG I have to read this, my mom and bonded over Gregory when I was an angry teen and we shared a copy of The Other Boleyn Girl. 3y
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candc320
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I can't help myself! I keep buying more books even though I have stacks and stacks #bookwormproblems

Joanne1 But who can pass up a Philippa Gregory? 3y
candc320 I know, @Joanne1 , it's impossible 😆!! 3y
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ForReadingAddicts
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Philippa Gregory is like a safe old aunt I can turn to for a non-strenuous read, just an easy absorption into another world. ~Rosie
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Fascinating history and fictional portrayal of complex religious and courtly events. With the exception of some long passages about the conflict between reformers and papists, I was utterly riveted.

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PlantyLibrarian
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If you are a reader, you are already halfway to being a writer, for you have a love of words and pleasure from seeing them on the page. And if you are a writer, then you will find that you are driven to write. It is a gift that demands to be shared. You cannot be a silent singer.

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"Deeply feminist in its way....Highly enjoyable bedtime reading" –Lenny Letter EIC Jessica Grose

LitHousewife I can't wait to get to that book in audio. I'm excited for it. 4y
skrishna I missed this book somehow! 4y
TouchstoneBooks Don't worry @skrishna it's got a whole new package in paperback 3/29. We'll send over! 4y
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