Book Review: Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen.

By Alison Weir, published 2016 by Headline Review, an imprint of Headline Publishing Group.

Rating: 5 stars

Genre: historical fiction 


This was fucking phenomenal. Absolutely unputdownable. It chronicled the life of Katherine of Aragon from a young girl, leaving her childhood home of Spain, to her untimely death. 

The author wrote so passionately, I felt like I was Katherine, thrown into the Court of Henry Tudor. Initially betrothed to the elder Tudor son, Prince Arthur, their short marriage comes to an end when Arthur dies of the sweating sickness. I think Katherine was initially in love with Henry rather early on in the story, but it wasn’t until many years later that the pair were wed, what with Arthur and Katherine’s marriage becoming null and void. 

Though things start turning nasty for Katherine of Aragon when she can’t seem to bear the King a live boy; and of course Henry considers himself a God so he can’t be at fault. He thinks that God is cursing their marriage because Katherine was once married to Arthur, Henry’s own brother, though Katherine claims said marriage was never consummated. 

Alison Weir uses the above to show us, I think, how insane Henry VIII was. The way he treated Katherine later in their marriage was ghastly, he went from a king in love to a spiteful brat, he stripped her of her titles, and exiled her to a freaking nunnery. He even forbade their daughter from having contact with her.

All of this provided a very personal and sympathetic look into Katherine’s life, the novel was so extensively researched, it was just epic and it’s the first of 6. 

6 wives. 

6 years.

6 books.

This is some of the best news! And I cannot wait for May, because that will see the release of book 2, “Anne Boleyn: The King’s Obsession.”

My favourite of the Tudor Queens, but I definitely want to read more about Katherine of Aragon. I found this book to be an inspiring read. 

And that ends my review, thanks for reading.

I’m back, I had a bit of a hiatus from here a while ago, but I’ve missed posting these little rants. 

Thanks for reading πŸ™ƒ

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