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Katherine of Aragon

(2016)
The True Queen
(The first book in the Six Tudor Queens series)
A novel by

 
 
Bestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir takes on what no fiction writer has done before: creating a dramatic six-book series in which each novel covers one of King Henry VIII’s wives. In this captivating opening volume, Weir brings to life the tumultuous tale of Katherine of Aragon, Henry’s first, devoted, and “true” queen.
 
A princess of Spain, Catalina is only sixteen years old when she sets foot on the shores of England. The youngest daughter of the powerful monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, Catalina is a coveted prize for a royal marriage—and Arthur, Prince of Wales, and heir to the English throne, has won her hand. But tragedy strikes and Catalina, now Princess Katherine, is betrothed to the future Henry VIII. She must wait for his coming-of-age, an ordeal that tests her resolve, casts doubt on her trusted confidantes, and turns her into a virtual prisoner.
 
Katherine’s patience is rewarded when she becomes Queen of England. The affection between Katherine and Henry is genuine, but forces beyond her control threaten to rend her marriage, and indeed the nation, apart. Henry has fallen under the spell of Katherine’s maid of honor, Anne Boleyn. Now Katherine must be prepared to fight, to the end if God wills it, for her faith, her legitimacy, and her heart.

Praise for Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen
 
“Alison Weir starts off her fictional series about the wives of Henry VIII with a nuanced portrayal of Katherine of Aragon.”The Christian Science Monitor
 
“Weir is excellent on the little details that bring a world to life.”—The Guardian

“As always, Weir demonstrates a keen eye for crafting dramatic scenes of beautiful, accurate detail, instilling in the reader a vivid sense of being there. . . . If this greatly impressive inaugural installment is any indication, Tudor lovers have much to look forward to.”Booklist (starred review)
 
“Vividly detailed . . . Weir brings considerable expertise to her fictional retelling of the life of Katherine of Aragon. . . . [The author] portrays her sympathetically as both credulous and steely.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“An illuminating and engaging portrait of ‘the true queen.’”Historical Novels Review
 
“[Weir’s] fresh approach to Henry’s first wife [is] a wonderful place to start for those unfamiliar with Katherine’s story. Weir’s portrayal is far from that of a weak, victimized woman, but one of a courageous, strong, devoted queen fighting for her life and rights. An easy, quick read to begin the series.”RT Book Reviews

“In this first novel of the Six Tudor Queens series, Alison Weir dazzlingly brings Katherine of Aragon to life. Based on extensive new research, it is a portrayal that shatters the many myths about Henry VIII’s long-suffering first wife. Far from being the one-dimensional victim of history, she emerges as a charismatic, indomitable, and courageous heroine whose story never fails to enthrall.”—Tracy Borman, author of Thomas Cromwell
 
“Yet again, Alison Weir has managed to intertwine profound historical knowledge with huge emotional intelligence, to compose a work that throws light on an endlessly fascinating figure. But her real gift in all of this is making it feel so fresh and alive.”—Charles Spencer, author of Killers of the King

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"In this first novel of the Six Tudor Queens series, Alison Weir dazzlingly brings Katherine of Aragon to life. Based on extensive new research, it is a portrayal that shatters the many myths about Henry VIII’s long-suffering first wife. Far from being the one-dimensional victim of history, she emerges as a charismatic, indomitable, and courageous heroine whose story never fails to enthrall." - Tracy Borman

"A tender understanding of and genuine sympathy for this proud, much-loved and honourable Queen... I was gripped [from] start to finish." - Mavis Cheek

"Yet again, Alison Weir has managed to intertwine profound historical knowledge with huge emotional intelligence, to compose a work that throws light on an endlessly fascinating figure. But her real gift in all of this is making it feel so fresh and alive." - Charles Spencer


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Hardback Editions

June 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: Katherine Of Aragon The True Queen (Thorndike Historical Fiction)
Author(s): Alison Weir
ISBN: 1-4104-9016-5 / 978-1-4104-9016-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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May 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen: A Novel (Six Tudor Queens)
Author(s): Alison Weir
ISBN: 1-101-96648-3 / 978-1-101-96648-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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1756 : UK Hardback
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Title: Six Tudor Queens: Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen: Six Tudor Queens 1
Author(s): Alison Weir
ISBN: 1-4722-2747-6 / 978-1-4722-2747-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline Review
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Paperback Editions

May 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen: A Novel (Six Tudor Queens)
Author(s): Alison Weir
ISBN: 1-101-96650-5 / 978-1-101-96650-1 (USA edition)
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January 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Six Tudor Queens: Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen: Six Tudor Queens 1
Author(s): Alison Weir
ISBN: 1-4722-2751-4 / 978-1-4722-2751-5 (UK edition)
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1889 : UK Paperback
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Title: Six Tudor Queens: Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen: Six Tudor Queens 1
Author(s): Alison Weir
ISBN: 1-4722-2748-4 / 978-1-4722-2748-5 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

May 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen: A Novel
Author(s): Alison Weir
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May 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen: A Novel
Author(s): Alison Weir
Publisher: Recorded Books
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May 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Six Tudor Queens: Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen
Author(s): Alison Weir
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May 2016 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Six Tudor Queens: Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen
Author(s): Alison Weir
Publisher: Headline Review
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May 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Six Tudor Queens: Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen
Author(s): Alison Weir
Publisher: Headline Review
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Kindle Editions

May 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen: A Novel (Six Tudor Queens Book 1)
Author(s): Alison Weir
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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May 2016 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Six Tudor Queens: Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen: Six Tudor Queens 1
Author(s): Alison Weir
Publisher: Review
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU