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Catherine of Aragon Amy Licence

Catherine of Aragon By Amy Licence

Catherine of Aragon by Amy Licence


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A stunning new full-length biography of Queen Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's wife of over twenty years. The first ever written by a female historian and to concentrate on Catherine as a Tudor woman, rather than a pawn of in the dynastic power plays of men.

Catherine of Aragon Summary

Catherine of Aragon: An Intimate Life of Henry VIII's True Wife by Amy Licence

Catherine of Aragon continues to fascinate readers 500 years after she became Henry VIII's first queen. Her life was one of passion and determination, of suffering and hope, but ultimately it is a tragic love story, as circumstances conspired against her. Having lost her first husband, Henry's elder brother Prince Arthur, she endured years of ill health and penury, to make a dazzling second match in Henry VIII. There is no doubt that she was Henry's true love, compatible with him in every respect and, for years, she presided over a majestic court as the personification of his ideal woman. However, Catherine's body failed her in an age when fertility was a prerequisite of political stability. When it became clear that she could no longer bear children, the king's attention turned elsewhere, and his once chivalric devotion became resentment. Catherine's final years were spent in lonely isolation but she never gave up her vision: she was devoted to her faith, her husband and to England, to the extent that she was prepared to be martyred for them. Banished and close to death, she wrote a final letter to her 'most dear lord and husband'. 'I pardon you everything... mine eyes desire you above all things.' The fidelity of this remarkable woman never wavered.

Catherine of Aragon Reviews

'A thorough, thought-provoking, and compulsively readable biography of Henry VIII's first queen. Fans of the Tudor era will love it. Amy Licence offers a convincing hypothesis on the contentious mystery of Catherine's first wedding night and a beautiful portrait of a tenacious, courageous, intelligent but often misguided woman. This is a gem of a royal biography from an expert in the field.' -- Gareth Russell Author of Young and Damned and Fair: The Life and Tragedy of Catherine Howard at the Court of King Henry VIII

About Amy Licence

Amy Licence has been a teacher for over a decade. She has an MA in Medieval and Tudor Studies and has published several scholarly articles on the Tudor dynasty and Richard III. Her books include Cecily Neville ('This insight is so rare and so valuable' PHILIPPA GREGORY), In Bed With the Tudors ('A fascinating book examining the sex lives of the Tudors in unprecedented detail' THE DAILY EXPRESS), 'Anne Boleyn' and Living In Squares, Loving In Triangles: The Lives and Loves of Viginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group. Amy has written for THE GUARDIAN, TLS, BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE and appeared on BBC radio and television. She lives in Canterbury with her husband and two children.

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GOR007974989
9781445656700
1445656701
Catherine of Aragon: An Intimate Life of Henry VIII's True Wife by Amy Licence
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Amberley Publishing
20161015
544
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