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Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen Audiobook

Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen: A Novel

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Best-selling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir takes on what no fiction writer has done before: creating a dramatic six-book series in which each novel covers one of English King Henry VIII's wives. In this captivating opening volume, Weir brings to life the tumultuous tale of Katherine of Aragon, Henry's first, devoted, and "true" queen.

A princess of Spain, Catalina is only 16 years old when she sets foot on the shores of England. The youngest daughter of the powerful monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, Catalina is a coveted prize for a royal marriage - and Arthur, Prince of Wales and heir to the English throne, has won her hand. But tragedy strikes, and Catalina, now Princess Katherine, is betrothed to the future Henry VIII. She must wait for his coming of age, an ordeal that tests her resolve, casts doubt on her trusted confidantes, and turns her into a virtual prisoner.

Katherine's patience is rewarded when she becomes queen of England. The affection between Katherine and Henry is genuine, but forces beyond her control threaten to rend her marriage, and indeed the nation, apart. Henry has fallen under the spell of Katherine's maid of honor, Anne Boleyn. Now Katherine must be prepared to fight, to the end if God wills it, for her faith, her legitimacy, and her heart.

©2016  Alison Weir (P)2016 Recorded Books

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    DebaDeb Houston, TX 08-23-16
    DebaDeb Houston, TX 08-23-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Absolutely Wonderful!"

    I have been fascinated with the Tudor dynasty for years. I've watched The Tudors on Showtime,and have enjoyed many authors interpretations of their reign. This is the first book I have read concerning Katherine of Aragon. Many authors concentrate solely on Anne, and barely mention the other 5 wives. But, not Alison Weir.

    This is her first in what is supposed to be a series of 6 books about Henry the VIII and his wives. This book begins with Katherine's arrival in England and continues until her death. I have to admit, Anne is the one which has always fascinated me. But with the anticipation of 6 books and Anne being the second book, I decided with a sigh, to read Katherine of Aragon. I am so glad I did.

    Most books I have read have portrayed Katherine as a boring, frumpy woman who spent most of her time praying. I found myself reading this book and feeling much affection for her. She was far from frumpy or boring, She was an extremely intelligent woman who could speak many languages and managed to keep Henry a happily married man for 20 years.

    Alison Weir did a wonderful job writing about Katherine. I just wish I didn't have to wait for the book about Anne!

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    Julia 08-26-16
    Julia 08-26-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Bloodless Crucifixion Of Henry VIII's True Queen"

    A terrific depiction by the venerable author Ms. Weir of Henry VIII's boundless capacity for cruelty. Although this is a novel categorized under 'Historical Fiction' it is without a doubt based on solid historical fact. Henry used his immense theological knowledge to his own advantage manipulating what he called 'the word of God ' for his 'Carnal lust' and not for the benefit of his people. Sadly as we see in this really interesting novel many good people suffered because of his selfish understanding of 'the word'!

    Nobody wins, that is for sure, but the political story within the Tudor reign makes today's political arena look like small fry. I was gripped from the first chapter. I have to admit that my 'modern' mindset found Katherine rather irritating. As to why she would want a man who would not want her baffled me. Frankly I would kick his butt to the curb and take everything that I could in the process rather than lie down and say 'Kick me! I am a martyr!" But hey, that it 21st century me!

    Rosalyn Landor gave a superb performance jumping from one character to another seamlessly. I highly recommend this volume.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    History Buff FL, USA 08-08-16
    History Buff FL, USA 08-08-16
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    "GOOD BOOK"

    couldn't put it down. recommend this to others if they want a detailed account on Katherine's life

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    C. E. Vandenelzen Neenah, WI 02-19-17
    C. E. Vandenelzen Neenah, WI 02-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, but tedious at times."

    Great subject matter! Queen Katherine was a fascinating woman. Initially, I found it tedious, but I could not stop listening. The performance was superb.

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    B C 02-16-17
    B C 02-16-17
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    "Love the details!"

    I was truly enthralled with this book from beginning to end! The author's extreme attention to detail paints a picture for the listener/reader which can do nothing except place you back in time, right there with Queen Katherin.

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    J 06-29-16
    J 06-29-16
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    "Stellar, Stoic, & Stupendous"

    This covers a very similar timeframe and format to the Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory. This is a far more elegant explanation and description of events. I agreed entirely with the speculations of what could have happened. This was less gaudy than Gregory's attempt to describe a similar period.

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    LDM 05-12-17
    LDM 05-12-17
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    "Spellbinding!"

    What an incredible story! I was hooked from the very start! Beautifully written, beautifully performed. History completely came to life! I'm thrilled Alison has written so many historical novels. I'm compelled to read each one.

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    Roberta Weir 05-09-17
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    "so enthralling and interesting"

    I love this time in history to start with. Alison makes me feel at home with her characters.
    yours,
    Roberta Weir

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    Gordon 03-23-17
    Gordon 03-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "If you want abridged version, read a history book."

    Narrator was superb! Accents and voices, male or female, child or elderly, I have never heard such a range and consistency throughout.

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    Edward R. Frizell MD USA 10-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A superb read!!!"

    This is a great story, well researched and beautifully narrated.
    If you ever wanted to understand Henry you must look at Catherine of Aragon.
    I am sure one day she will be Canonized

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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