May Book Discussion: “Queen’s Gambit” by Elizabeth Fremantle

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May’s title is Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle:

cover of Queen's Gambit by Elizabeth FremantleIntrigue, romance, and treachery abound in Fremantle’s debut novel as Katherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII, walks a fine line between passion and loyalty. Married to an aging king with a penchant for discarding wives, she must learn to navigate the often perilous intricacies, suspicions, and ambitions of a divided Tudor court. Though passionately in love with dashing courtier Thomas Seymour, Katherine shrewdly adapts to her new role, becoming a positive influence on Henry while arousing the ire of many of his advisors. (Booklist)

4 thoughts on “May Book Discussion: “Queen’s Gambit” by Elizabeth Fremantle

  1. Laurie

    I loved this book just enough love story and “off with their heads” with the history of the times!

    Just thinking of Dot picking out nits and then there was monkeys who taught who with the whole delouseing (may have spelled that wrong)

    Will check out this author again.

  2. Ledyard Library Post author

    I enjoyed the book very much. Great writing, descriptive and informative. It can be read and enjoyed as a straight novel, but I also appreciated the historical information the author included at the back of the book. Anyone who enjoyed this novel would probably also enjoy the current TV show, “Reign” on the CW, which is about the young Mary, Queen of Scots.

  3. Marty Hubbard

    And one other quick note – this book has both a list of characters in the book and a timeline of important dates 1509-1549 at the end of the book. I don’t know about any other readers yet, but I could easily get confused even knowing that there are multiple Catherines/Katherines and Elizabeths and Margarets in this period of History.

    And a question to ponder, knowing how scared many were of King Henry’s ” issues with anger” would you have been able to cajole and stand up to him, try to educate him, or stay alive in that time period, were you his wife, or Will Parr, or another strong male in court?

  4. Ledyard Library Post author

    For individuals who forget the dates and names of Henry VIII’s wives here they are with some links. This visual graphic created by Laura E. Eakins @ 1995-2014 is an excellent page to keep around as and refer to as you are reading this book.

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