Life in the court of King Henry VIII is a complex game. When fifteen-year-old Catherine Howard catches the king’s eye, she quickly transforms from pawn to queen. But even luxury beyond imagination loses its luster as young Catherine finds her life—and her heart—threatened by the needs of an... read more
Appointed to the queen’s household at the age of fourteen, Catherine Howard is not long at court before she catches the eye of King Henry VIII. The king is as enchanted with Catherine as he is disappointed with his newest wife — the German princess Anne of Cleves. Less than a year from her... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Appointed to the queen’s household at the age of fourteen, Catherine Howard is not long at court before she catches the eye of King Henry VIII. The king is as enchanted with Catherine as he is disappointed with his newest wife — the German princess Anne of Cleves. Less than a year from her arrival at court, Catherine becomes the fifth wife of the overwhelmingly powerful, if aging, King of England.
Caught up in a dazzling whirl of elaborate celebrations, rich gowns and royal jewels, young Catherine is dizzied by the absolute power that the king wields over his subjects. But does becoming the king’s wife make her safe above all others, or put her in more danger? Catherine must navigate the conspiracies, the silent enemies, the king’s unpredictable rages, as well as contend with the ghosts of King Henry’s former wives: the abandoned Catherine of Aragon, the tragic Jane Seymour, and her own cousin, the beheaded Anne Boleyn. The more Catherine learns about court, the more she can see the circles of danger constricting around her, the threats ever more dire.
“The person I was before is gone, I watched her burn in a flash of flame.”Catherine Howard
“The king’s will be done.”Catherine Howard
“What will become of me?”Catherine Howard
“It is dangerous to guess the mind of a king.”Catherine Howard
“My little sweet fool.”Catherine Howard
“You are my favourite indulgence.”King Henry VIII
“History repeats itself, Catherine.”King Henry VIII
“'You’ve saved me!' I whisper in the king’s ear, breathless. 'Like a true hero.''No, my dear,' he whispers, smiling. 'You have saved me.'”Catherine & Henry
“When a Howard finds a path to the throne, you do not take it lightly. You show your unfailing support, whoever that Howard may be.”Duchess of Norfolk
“I am still an actress, given a script I have no choice but to play out tomorrow upon the great, grim stage of the Tower Green. Death is a foreign role, and therefore frightening to me.”Catherine Howard
“No other will but his.”Catherine Howard
“I cannot burn the memory of his kiss from my lips; I cannot burn my love for him from my heart, my passion for him from my flesh ... or can I? Must I, regardless? I have no choice, now. I was only a girl, then. Now I will be queen.”Catherine Howard
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