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Katheryn Howard

(2020)
The Tainted Queen
(The fifth book in the Six Tudor Queens series)
A novel by

 
 
Bestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir tells the tragic story of Henry VIII's fifth wife, a nineteen-year-old beauty with a hidden past, in this fifth novel in the sweeping Six Tudor Queens series.

In the spring of 1540, Henry VIII, desperate to be rid of his queen, Anna of Kleve, first sets eyes on the enchanting Katheryn Howard. Although the king is now an ailing forty-nine-year-old measuring fifty-four inches around his waist, his amorous gaze lights upon the pretty teenager. Seated near him intentionally by her ambitious Catholic family, Katheryn readily succumbs to the courtship.

Henry is besotted with his bride. He tells the world she is a rose without a thorn, and extols her beauty and her virtue. Katherine delights in the pleasures of being queen and the power she has to do good to others. She comes to love the ailing, obese king and tolerate his nightly attentions. If she can bear him a son, her triumph will be complete. But Katheryn has a past of which Henry knows nothing, and which comes back increasingly to haunt her--even as she courts danger yet again.

Genre: Historical

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Hardback Editions

May 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: Six Tudor Queens: Katheryn Howard, The Tainted Queen: Six Tudor Queens 5
Author(s): Alison Weir
ISBN: 1-4722-2777-8 / 978-1-4722-2777-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline Review
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


May 2020 : USA Hardback

Title: Katheryn Howard, The Scandalous Queen: A Novel
Author(s): Alison Weir
ISBN: 1-101-96660-2 / 978-1-101-96660-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

May 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Six Tudor Queens: Katheryn Howard, The Tainted Queen: Six Tudor Queens 5
Author(s): Alison Weir
ISBN: 1-4722-2778-6 / 978-1-4722-2778-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline Review
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

May 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Six Tudor Queens: Katheryn Howard, The Tainted Queen: Six Tudor Queens 5
Author(s): Alison Weir
Publisher: Review
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


May 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: Katheryn Howard, The Scandalous Queen: A Novel (Six Tudor Queens)
Author(s): Alison Weir
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA