Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory (paperback)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly spot hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine and is meant to showcase the books that a blogger is anticipating in the next couple of months. Today I'm going to be talking about The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory.


Title: The Taming of the Queen
Author: Philippa Gregory
Page Count: 448
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 25th February 2016
Format Available: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle, Audio Download
Original Language: English
Genre: Historic Fiction


Why would a woman marry a serial killer? 

Because she cannot refuse... 

Kateryn Parr, a thirty-year-old widow in a secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when a man old enough to be her father who has buried four wives - King Henry VIII - commands her to marry him. 

Kateryn has no doubt about the danger she faces: the previous queen lasted sixteen months, the one before barely half a year. But Henry adores his new bride and Kateryn's trust in him grows as she unites the royal family, creates a radical study circle at the heart of the court, and rules the kingdom as Regent. 

But is this enough to keep her safe? A leader of religious reform and the first woman to publish in English, Kateryn stands out as an independent woman with a mind of her own. But she cannot save the Protestants, under threat for their faith, and Henry's dangerous gaze turns on her.The traditional churchmen and rivals for power accuse her of heresy - the punishment is death by fire and the king's name is on the warrant... 

From an author who has described all of Henry's queens comes a deeply intimate portrayal of the last: a woman who longed for passion, power and education at the court of a medieval killer.


This book has already been out for a while but now it is bring released in a more affordable format - paperback.

I actually study Medieval Literature in university and I have always been interested in very old history such as the years when Henry VIII was alive. The Medieval era was a fascinating one and this book, though set to be dramatised for our entertainment, will be a thrilling story and an insight into what life was like back then nonetheless.

Focusing on a woman instead of a man (the King, no less!) is a very good way to go with a story like this which has been re-written so many times over the years. Everyone always focuses on the King and what HE was thinking or what HE wanted, but to have the main focus on the woman is a positive change.

It would be really interesting to read this and see how true to Medieval life it is, and where the story takes us.

Is anyone else excited for this paperback release? Let me know!

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