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Katheryn Howard

(2020)
The Scandalous 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.

“A vivid re-creation of a Tudor tragedy.”—Kirkus Reviews

In the spring of 1540, Henry VIII is desperate to be rid of his unappealing German queen, Anna of Kleve. A prematurely aged and ailing forty-nine, with an ever-growing waistline, he casts an amorous eye on a pretty nineteen-year-old brunette, Katheryn Howard. Like her cousin Anne Boleyn, Katheryn is a niece of the Duke of Norfolk, England’s premier Catholic peer, who is scheming to replace Anna of Kleve with a good Catholic queen. A flirtatious, eager participant in the life of the royal court, Katheryn readily succumbs to the king’s attentions when she is intentionally pushed into his path by her ambitious family.

Henry quickly becomes besotted and is soon laying siege to Katheryn’s virtue. But as instructed by her relations, she holds out for marriage and the wedding takes place a mere fortnight after the king’s union to Anna is annulled. Henry tells the world his new bride is a rose without a thorn, and extols her beauty and her virtue, while Katheryn delights in the pleasures of being queen and the rich gifts her adoring husband showers upon her: the gorgeous gowns, the exquisite jewels, and the darling lap-dogs. She comes to love the ailing, obese king, enduring his nightly embraces with fortitude and kindness. 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 hereven as she courts danger yet again. What happens next to this naïve and much-wronged girl is one of the saddest chapters in English history.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"To say my expectations were high would be an understatement; to say that this wonderful book exceeded them would be even more so. In this vivid and beautifully crafted portrayal, Alison Weir transforms Henry VIII's much-maligned fourth wife into a woman of passion, courage, and mystery. Utterly gripping and endlessly surprising, this novel captivates from the first page to the last." - Tracy Borman


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October 2020 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Katheryn Howard, The Scandalous Queen (Six Tudor Queens (5))
Author(s): Alison Weir
ISBN: 1-4328-7734-8 / 978-1-4328-7734-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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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)
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May 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Katheryn Howard, The Scandalous Queen: A Novel (Six Tudor Queens)
Author(s): Alison Weir
ISBN: 1-101-96660-2 / 978-1-101-96660-0 (USA edition)
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May 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: Katheryn Howard, The Scandalous Queen: A Novel (Six Tudor Queens)
Author(s): Alison Weir
ISBN: 1-101-96662-9 / 978-1-101-96662-4 (USA edition)
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February 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: Six Tudor Queens: Katheryn Howard, The Tainted Queen: Six Tudor Queens 5
Author(s): Alison Weir
ISBN: 1-4722-2781-6 / 978-1-4722-2781-2 (UK edition)
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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)
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August 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Six Tudor Queens: Katheryn Howard, the Tainted Queen: Six Tudor Queens, Book 5
Author(s): Alison Weir
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August 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Six Tudor Queens: Katheryn Howard, the Tainted Queen: Six Tudor Queens, Book 5
Author(s): Alison Weir
Publisher: Review
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May 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Katheryn Howard, the Scandalous Queen
Author(s): Alison Weir
Publisher: Recorded Books
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May 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Katheryn Howard, the Scandalous Queen
Author(s): Alison Weir
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May 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Six Tudor Queens: Katheryn Howard, the Tainted Queen: Six Tudor Queens, Book 5
Author(s): Alison Weir
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August 2020 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Six Tudor Queens: Katheryn Howard, The Tainted Queen: Six Tudor Queens 5
Author(s): Alison Weir
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May 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Katheryn Howard, The Scandalous Queen: A Novel (Six Tudor Queens Book 5)
Author(s): Alison Weir
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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May 2020 : Australia 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
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