Katharine Parr has unwittingly become the last pawn in King Henry VIII's ambitions for an heir. Already twice widowed, Katharine finally dares to hope that she might find love with the dashing Thomas Seymour - but Henry has decided he must have a sixth wife and Seymour's intentions to marry Katharine have not gone unnoticed.
Unable to refuse the King of England, Katharine becomes his reluctant bride. Once again it seems only a matter of time before another wife's fate leads her to the Tower of London...
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Jean Plaidy doesn't just write the history, she makes it come alive. -
Her novels are still very much to be enjoyed ... Any writer who can both educate and thrill a reader of any age deserves to be remembered and find new fans ... One only has to look at the TV/Media to see that the appetite for this kind of writing is still very much there - WH Smith Travel
Plaidy excels at blending history with romance and drama - New York Times
Full-blooded, dramatic, exciting - Observer
Interesting and accurate...an absorbing novel - Times Literary Supplement
Henry is so well drawn that, as in real life, he always holds the stage...a vivid impression of life at the Tudor Court. - Daily Telegraph
Jean Plaidy, by the skilful blending of superb storytelling and meticulous attention to authenticity of detail and depth of charaterization has become one of the country's most widely read novelists - Sunday Times
Plaidy brings out the terror that haunted Henry's court, and the perpetual insecurity that made great men run stupendous risks...an absorbing novel - Times Literary Supplement
Jean Plaidy, one of the preeminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also know as Victoria Holt. Jean Plaidy's novels had sold more than 14 million copies worldwide by the time of her death in 1993.
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