Queen’s Gambit is written by Elizabeth Fremantle and published by Simon & Schuster.
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. However, obliged to return to court, she attracts the attentions of the ailing, egotistical, and dangerously powerful Henry VIII, who dispatches his love rival, Seymour, to the Continent. 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 become his sixth queen.
Katherine has to employ all her instincts to navigate the treachery of the court, drawing a tight circle of women around her, including her stepdaughter, Meg, traumatized by events from their past that are shrouded in secrecy, and their loyal servant Dot, who knows and sees more than she understands. With the Catholic faction on the rise once more, reformers being burned for heresy, and those close to the king vying for position, Katherine’s survival seems unlikely. Yet as she treads the razor’s edge of court intrigue, she never quite gives up on love.
Back with my favourite genre, good old historical novels and this is a brilliant example and a reminder as to why I love it so much.
All about Katherine Parr this time. Whilst some feel the ‘Tudors’ have been written about to death over the last few years, I still can’t get enough. Elizabeth has been so descriptive in showing Katherine’s feelings and how gentle she could be on the outside with Henry but so very clever, knowing how to handle such a King.
I loved Elizabeth’s interpretation of Dot Fownten, whilst little is known of her, in this book she has been given a story and one that you can only hope was something near the truth.
This book is so easy to read and clearly a huge amount of research has taken place to make everything as accurate as possible.
For all you fellow historical novel lovers, or people who just love a good book, I recommend this too you!
Available in all formats via Amazon UK – Queen’s Gambit