Katherine the Queen: The Remarkable Life of Katherine Parr, the Last Wife of Henry VIII


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$27.99  $26.03
St. Martin's Griffin
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6.0 X 9.0 X 1.0 inches | 1.28 pounds
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About the Author

Linda Porter has a doctorate in history from the University of York, England. She was the winner of the 2004 Biographers Club/Daily Mail Prize in England and is the author of The Myth of Bloody Mary, also available from St. Martin's Press. She is married with one daughter and lives near London.


"Rich, perceptive, nuanced and creative, this first full-scale biography gives one of Britain's best but least-known queens her due." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Linda Porter has done a marvellous job . . . she evokes the whole terrifying and exciting world of the Tudor courts, packed with intrigue and danger." --A.N. Wilson

"A well-documented, compelling story filled with the intrigue and drama one has come to expect of the time period. . . . This is the stuff of a cable miniseries, but Porter tempers the narrative with Katherine's accomplishments, creating a balanced, satisfying read." --The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC

"Porter's vividly written biography confirms her belief that Katherine was an influential woman. As stepmother she shaped Elizabeth I, one of England's most successful monarchs. More importantly, Porter presents a portrait of an attractive woman more than capable of navigating the treacherous waters of life at the duplicitous Tudor court." --Peter Burton, Daily Express

"Porter offers a nuanced picture of family allegiances and intellectual background." --Financial Times

"Porter's account of Katherine's life is colourful and well-paced . . . those who enjoy Tudor history will agree with Porter's assessment that Katherine's was indeed a remarkable life." --Matthew Dennison, Mail on Sunday

"Porter provides a reliable synthesis of the best historical research on Katherine's life and times, while periodically going beyond it to offer original contributions." --Peter Marshall, The Literary Review

"Porter's lively and detailed account gives us a reinvigorated image of Katherine." --Lancashire Evening Post