The Spanish Queen: A Novel of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon

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As a reader who simply can’t get enough of Tudor England, I was thrilled to delve into Carolly Erickson’s newest novel, The Spanish Queen – A Novel of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. Writing about such a famous historical character is risky because fans already know her tale… and also if the writer gets it wrong they will be up in arms. Erickson doesn’t disappoint. Catherine – Catalina – comes alive from page one, detailing her story from the time of her birth through her dramatic and tragic marriage to England’s Henry VII. Raised to marry a royal and take her place on a great throne of Europe, the young princess leaves her Spanish homeland forever to marry the sickly prince of England. He dies shortly after their marriage, leaving the widow to marry Henry, her late husband’s brother. Things are never easy for Catherine. Her husband is perpetually unfaithful and her place as Queen is constantly in jeopardy.

Follow the journey Catherine takes to become a strong Queen of England. Cry at her hardships and losses, rejoice at her victories, and quickly find yourself lost in the dramatic and dangerous Tudor court. The writing is beautiful, the characters are marvelous, and the story masterfully crafted. I will certainly read Erickson’s next historic fiction.

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Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 288 pages
Publisher St. Martin's Press
Publish Date 2013-Oct-22
ISBN 9781250000125 Buy this Book
Issue January 2014
Category Historical Fiction


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