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Best-selling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir brings her Tudor Queens series to a close with the remarkable story of Henry VIII's sixth and final wife, who manages to survive him and remarry, only to be thrown into a romantic intrigue that threatens the very throne of England.

Having sent his much-beloved but deceitful young wife Katheryn Howard to her beheading, King Henry fixes his lonely eyes on a more mature woman, 30-year-old, twice-widowed Katharine Parr. She, however, is in love with Sir Thomas Seymour, brother to the late Queen Jane. Aware of his rival, Henry sends him abroad, leaving Katharine no choice but to become Henry's sixth queen in 1543. The king is no longer in any condition to father a child, but Katharine is content to mother his three children, Mary, Elizabeth, and the longed-for male heir, Edward.

Four years into the marriage, Henry dies, leaving England's throne to nine-year-old Edward - a puppet in the hands of ruthlessly ambitious royal courtiers - and Katharine's life takes a more complicated turn. Thrilled at this renewed opportunity to wed her first love, Katharine doesn't realize that Sir Thomas now sees her as a mere stepping stone to the throne, his eye actually set on bedding and wedding 14-year-old Elizabeth. The princess is innocently flattered by his attentions, allowing him into her bedroom, to the shock of her household. The result is a tangled tale of love and a struggle for power, bringing to a close the dramatic and violent reign of Henry VIII.

©2021 Alison Weir (P)2021 Recorded Books Inc.

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Gross

This was a pretty ok book up until the wife beating. There was just no reason to write that scene. If it does further the story line, it doesn’t matter because I stopped listening at that point. So disappointing.

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Fabulous as All Other Tudor Queen Books

Alison Weir has the unique ability to mesmerize her readers whether they have the pleasure of reading her non-fiction books or fictional novels about Tudor history. As I vastly enjoyed the first five books in the Tudor Queens Series, Katharine Parr was no exception.

Rosalyn Landor is simply delightful with her soothing, beautiful voice as I listened to the story of Henry VIII's six and final wife. Each of his wives were fascinating, but I identify with Katharine Parr most as the mature, educated woman who gained the King's respect and love. The prose are beautiful, the story is fascinating, and Weir is a genius. I can't express how much the Tudor Queen series has meant to me over the past couple of months.

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-Wendi

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Boring and tedious

Tiresome, boring. way too religion-heavy and nothing else. all the background stories involve religion and absolutely nothing else. tedious. worst of the series.

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The enigma is revealed!

A!ison Weir has courageously delved into the deepest dungeons and secret chambers of Queen
Kathryn Parr's enigmatic life.

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as good as the other ones, loved this series great

as good as the other ones, loved this series great performance. I did miss the relationship that was talked about in the nine day queen with lady Jane grey. but it was so good

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Hurray for Alison Weir

Fabulous finish for the series. Wonderful narrator. The amount of research put in these books is astounding.

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The Best One

As an massive fan of the period and specifically the 6 wives, this series has been the my favorite series of all time. That being said, I knew very little of Katharine Parr. This is why I was found surprised that this book is my favorite of the series and possibly has made Katharine Parr my favorite wife. Thank you Alison for writing these books, I will cherish them and listen again and again!