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Katharine of Aragon

A novel by

Legendary historical novelist Jean Plaidy begins her tales of Henry VIII's queens with the story of his first wife, the Spanish princess Katharine of Aragon.

As a teenager, Katharine leaves her beloved Spain, land of olive groves and soaring cathedrals, for the drab, rainy island of England. There she is married to the king's eldest son, Arthur, a sickly boy who dies six months after the wedding. Katharine is left a widow who was never truly a wife, lonely in a strange land, with a very bleak future. Her only hope of escape is to marry the king's second son, Prince Henry, now heir to the throne. Tall, athletic, handsome, a lover of poetry and music, Henry is all that Katharine could want in a husband. But their first son dies and, after many more pregnancies, only one child survives, a daughter. Disappointed by his lack of an heir, Henry's eye wanders, and he becomes enamored of another woman—a country nobleman's daughter named Anne Boleyn. When Henry begins searching for ways to put aside his loyal first wife, Katharine must fight to remain Queen of England and to keep the husband she once loved so dearly.

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Used availability for Jean Plaidy's Katharine of Aragon

Hardback Editions

2005 : USA Hardback

Title: Katharine of Aragon: Three Novels in One Volume (The Wives of Henry VIII)
Author(s): Jean Plaidy
ISBN: 0-7394-5402-1 / 978-0-7394-5402-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
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November 1968 : UK Hardback

Title: Katharine of Aragon
Author(s): Jean Plaidy
ISBN: 0-7091-0511-8 / 978-0-7091-0511-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
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Paperback Editions

February 2005 : USA Paperback

Title: Katharine of Aragon: The Wives of Henry VIII
Author(s): Jean Plaidy
ISBN: 0-609-81025-1 / 978-0-609-81025-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Broadway Books
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Kindle Editions

January 2009 : USA Kindle edition

Title: Katharine of Aragon: The Story of a Spanish Princess and an English Queen (A Novel of the Tudors Book 2)
Author(s): Jean Plaidy
Publisher: Broadway Books
Availability: Amazon