Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen

18 CDs. 22:15 hrs. Recorded Bks. Jun. 2016. ISBN 9781501905621. $123.75. digital download. F
Weir (The Lost Tudor Princess) combines her skills as historical novelist and royal biographer in this fictive biography, the first of six books that will examine the lives of the queens of Henry VIII. Catalina was betrothed to Arthur, Prince of Wales and heir of Henry VII, but only months after their wedding, he succumbs to illness. After years of waiting in near penury, she marries Henry VIII. Her inability to give Henry a male heir signals her downfall, but her blatant refusal to enter a nunnery forever changes the religious topography of a kingdom. Rosalyn Landor brings with her English accent and diction a cadenced elegance to her reading of this book, which is enhanced by her dramatizations of many characters.
VERDICT Fans of epic historical fiction, fictional biography, and the novels of Jean Plaidy, Philippa Gregory, Anne Easter Smith, Hilary Mantel, Emma Campion, and Elizabeth Fremantle may enjoy this reexamination of the first of Henry's wives.
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