Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen: A Novel
Even though they are quite prevalent, it was impossible not to get excited about another novel involving the wives of the infamous King Henry VIII. Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen did not disappoint. This is the first in a series of six novels – each following one of his wives.
The story starts out with Katherine preparing for her wedding to Prince Arthur, Henry’s older brother. He dies shortly thereafter and Katherine’s future is unsure. She waits for eight years before Henry finally marries her and they have a happy life together. However, after many miscarriages, stillbirths, and no son for an heir, things become strained. Then, Anne Boleyn comes onto the scene. Henry attempts to divorce Katherine and in doing so declares himself the head of the Church of England. Until her dying day, Katherine does not give up that she is the true and rightful Queen.
It is very apparent that Ms. Weir did her research through the utilization of real letters and testimonies from that time. There was so much detail that it was easy to be transported to that life. You could not help but take Katherine’s side. Since Anne Boleyn was made to be quite the villain in this novel, I can’t wait to see what her side of the story is in the next book. A long read, but well worth it.