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Six Tudor Queens: Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen: Six Tudor Queens 1

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The Headline special edition (above left) was one of 200 advance uncorrected proof copies exclusively given to audience members at the 'H is for History' events at the Harrogate History Festival in October 2015. The image in the centre shows one of Headline's specially commissioned review copies, printed in November 2015. The symbol is Katherine's pomegranate badge. Right: this FREE ebook introduction to the Six Tudor Queens series ‘Six Tudor Queens: Writing a New Story’ was published in the UK on 10th March 2016.

What we did learn though was that it wasn’t easy being one of Henry’s wives. In that role your main job was to give him a male heir – something which they nearly all failed at pretty spectacularly. As Alison said: Alison Weir reveals a strong, spirited woman determined to fight for her rights and the rightful place of her daughter. A woman who believed that to be the wife of a king was her destiny.But, only a month later, the King has begun his search for a new wife. Will Mary accept this new queen, or will she be forced to live in the shadows of Queen Katherine, Queen Anne Boleyn and Queen Jane for ever? There is a significant gap in our knowledge of Tudor history. Numerous biographies of members of the Tudor dynasty have been written, yet not one has been devoted to Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales (1486-1502), the older brother of Henry VIII. Had he lived, Arthur would have become King of England (and Henry, very probably, Archbishop of Canterbury), but Arthur died young, the victim of a mystery illness, before he could reach his potential. Even so, he had united in blood the warring royal dynasties of Lancaster and York, made a spectacular marriage and shown all the signs of becoming a great Renaissance prince. His tragedy was that he died too soon.

Alison Weir transforms Henry VIII’s much-maligned fourth wife into a woman of passion, courage and mystery’ Tracy Borman Alison Weir is a British historian and author, and not the American journalist and activist Alison Weir.I enjoyed it immensely. I believe it is your strongest work of fiction to date." (Beth von Staats, Queenanneboleyn.com) For the first time I felt as though, thanks to Alison’s skilful writing and storytelling, I came to “know” Katharine’ NICOLA TALLIS

Anne Boleyn, Katherine’s lady-in-waiting and the woman who stole Henry’s heart, is the last straw. What should have been a glorious reign for the Spanish Princess ends in disaster when Henry turns on Katherine, stripping her of her title and her privileges, and eventually raising another woman to the position of Queen. Alison also tantalised the audience promising that the books would explore exciting revelations and newly discovered elements of each of the wives’ lives:

The Princess of Scotland is an e-short and companion piece to Katheryn Howard: The Tainted Queen, the compelling fifth novel in the Six Tudor Queens series by bestselling author and historian Alison Weir.

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