The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Elizabeth Fremantle’s historical novel Queen’s Gambit, read by the actress Georgina Sutton.
The court of Henry VIII is rife with intrigue, rivalries, and romance - and none are better placed to understand this than the women at its heart. Katherine Parr, widowed for the second time aged 31, is obliged to return to court but, suspicious of the aging king and those who surround him, she does so with reluctance. Nevertheless, when she finds herself caught up in a passionate affair with the dashing and seductive Thomas Seymour, she believes she might finally be able to marry for love.
But her presence at court has attracted the attentions of another.... Captivated by her honesty and intelligence, Henry Tudor has his own plans for Katherine and no one is in the position to refuse a proposal from the king. So with her charismatic lover dispatched to the continent, Katherine must accept the hand of the ailing egotistical monarch and become Henry’s sixth wife - and yet she has still not quite given up on love.
©2013 Elizabeth Fremantle (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited
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"The Sixth Queen"
Historical Exciting Terrifying
It takes you back to the Court of Henry VIII with a vivid sense of the terrors and infighting which was part of being a member of the Royal Household. All jockeying for the King's favour it lead to intrigue and plotting
Queen Katherine was my favourite
The point when Queen Katherine thought her upriver journey was going to end at The Tower of London and imprisonment. Instead, she was rowed to Windsor Castle and her sense of relief was almost palpable.
This tale illustrated the frailty of all who were under the eye of Henry VIII. His childish rages and cruel ways gave everyone a sense of danger. Savage punishments were carried out and torture was the order of the day. It was a great relief when, as history tells us, Queen Katherine outlived him.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Very well narrated, with each character very recognisable. Not so many books about Catherine Parr, but very interesting from start to finish, with tension and brilliant portrayal of the times. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Tudor history.
I found this book quite gripping - it cleverly demonstrated the emotions of the protagonist throughout while maintaining focus and historical perspective (although I do not know how historically accurate it was as I did not listen to the author's note). I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical novels.
"Queen's Gambit, An Enjoyable Listen"
This was an easy listen, great to listen when busy occasionally back-tracking just to keep up.
Katherine is the key to this novel.
No, sorry, i wasn't sitting on the edge of my seat, but you don't always want that from a book.
"A fabulous history made boring"
It went for the popular vote making it feel like a bit of a soap.
I'm going to read another Alison Weir book for a true feel for the history of the time.
"Phillipa Gregory look out!"
It had me on the edge of my seat, always exciting!
A new angle of the life of the forgotten Queen.
The adventure of Dot in Newgate Prison, so evocative!
The real heroine of Henry's six wives.
So sorry when it ended, really enjoyed this book.
"Interesting and enjoyable"
I used to be interested in the Tudors and I thought it might be interesting to see it through the eyes of Katherine Parr. I don't know how historically accurate it was but I enjoyed it. I thought the fear she must have felt came through well.
I did find myself trying to manufacture moments to listen when not in the car, and although we all know the ending it was still suspenseful (is that a word?)
Inspired me to read more
"Catherine Parr in a new light"
Loved how their stories are told in the present, How Dot, her maid and Catherine's lives are played out at court and how dangerous that can be.
We all know Catherine was 'the one who survived ' but that was all I knew of her, apart that she married 4 times. The end of the book was sad and I did have a tear in my eye.
Loved her reading, the accents were great, although I don't know if they were correct, but still, what do I know of accents in Tudor times.
Think you know Catherine Parr - Think again
I bought this book in the Sale,I love History and thought ' I'll give this ago ' I'm glad I did, I really enjoyed this and have spread the word ( to family only ) and cannot wait to see a second book from this author. Brilliant first book!!
"The Queens Gambit"
I am listening to this at the moment and really enjoying it. I thought that I had read all about King Henry V111's wives but I have learned a lot with this book. It is very well written and is holding my interest completely. Cathering Parr has always seemed to be the less interesting wife but I am really enthralled by her character and also the way women were treated at the time.
"The tragic life of Katherine Parr"
I knew a lot about Henry VIIIs other wives but just a little about Katherine Parr so it was fascinating to hear about her life and loves.This story was well written and I feel I know so much more about the sixth wife now
This is the first I've heard but enjoyed her reading very much
Sacrifice and betrayal in the royal court of Henry VIII
Loved this book - will listen to it again
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