Queen's Gambit

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"Smart, sensual and suspenseful as a thriller, Queen's Gambit is a must-read for Philippa Gregory fans--and heralds a brilliant new player in the court of royal fiction" (People).

Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived: This is the story of the one who survived.

Widowed for the second time at age thirty-one Katherine Parr falls deeply for the dashing courtier Thomas Seymour and hopes at last to marry for love. Instead, she attracts the amorous attentions of the ailing, egotistical, and dangerously powerful Henry VIII. No one is in a position to refuse a royal proposal so, haunted by the fates of his previous wives--two executions, two annulments, one death in childbirth--Katherine must wed Henry and rely on her wits and the help of her loyal servant Dot to survive the treacherous pitfalls of life as Henry's queen. Yet as she treads the razor's edge of court intrigue, she never quite gives up on love.

Product Details

Price: $15.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published Date: May 06, 2014
Pages: 427
Dimensions: 5.62 X 1.09 X 8.48 inches | 0.86 pounds
ISBN: 9781476703077
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About the Author

Elizabeth Fremantle is the author of Sisters of Treason, Queen's Gambit, and Watch the Lady, and has contributed to Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times (London), and other publications. She has also reviewed fiction for The Sunday Express. She lives in London, England.

Reviews

"Elizabeth Fremantle's rich narrative breathes vibrant life into Henry VIII's most intriguing, intelligent and least known wife, Katherine Parr."--Anne Easter Smith "author of A Rose for the Crown and Royal Mistress "
"Beautifully written and finely observed, this suspenseful tale of Henry the Eighth's last wife expertly conveys all the dangerous intensity and passion of the Tudor court."--Rachel Hore, author of A Place of Secrets
"Wildly entertaining . . . lively, gamey, gripped with tension . . . one of the best historical novels I've read."--Liz Smith
"With a painter's eye for detail, Fremantle brings the dazzling, dangerous Tudor court to life and sheds an intriguing new light on Katherine Parr, one of history's great survivors. An enthralling tale of power and passion, loyalty and betrayal."--Elizabeth Wilhide, author of Ashenden
"Queen's Gambit is an earthy, vivid portrait of Tudor England seen through the eyes of Henry VIII's last wife Katherine Parr and her loyal maid servant. Elizabeth Fremantle has added a richly written and engrossing novel to the endlessly fascinating story of the Tudors."--Stephanie Cowell "author of Claude and Camille: A Novel of Monet "
"Queen's Gambit is a lovely, sensual, subtle read, telling the story of Katherine Parr with both rich imagination and scrupulous attention to factual detail. After reading this historical novel, you truly comprehend what it would mean to be the sixth wife of a dangerous man wielding absolute power. Katherine is no selfless nurse here, nor religious fanatic, but a complex and compelling person who both men and women were drawn to. This is a very impressive novel."--Nancy Bilyeau "author of The Crown "