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Katherine of Aragón The True ueen [Epub] ➡ Katherine of Aragón The True ueen ➢ Alison Weir – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The lives of Henry VIII's ueens make for dramatic stories and Alison Weir will write a series of novels that offer insights into the real lives of the six wives based on extensive research and new the Aragón The Epub Ü The lives of Henry VIII's ueens make for dramatic stories and Alison Weir will write a series of novels that offer insights into the real lives of the six wives based on extensive research and new theories In all the romancing has anyone regarded the evidence that Anne Boleyn did not love Henry VIII Or that Prince Arthur Katherine of Epub / Katherine of Aragon's first husband who is said to have loved her in fact cared so little for her that he willed his personal effects to his sister Or that Henry VIII an over protected child and teenager was prudish when it came to sex That Jane Seymour usually portrayed as Henry's one true love had the makings of of Aragón The PDF ↠ a matriarch There is much to reveal Alison will write about the wives in the context of their own age and of the court intrigues that surrounded these women and without exception wrecked their lives She will transport readers into a lost and vivid world of splendour and brutality a world in which love or the game of it dominates all.


10 thoughts on “Katherine of Aragón The True ueen

  1. Hannah Greendale Hannah Greendale says:

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel From Beginning to BookendFirst betrothed at the age of three to Arthur Prince of Wales the young princess of Spain Catalina sails to England at sixteen years of age to marry Because she is the daughter of the esteemed monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella Catalina’s marriage to Arthur is designed to ensure an Anglo Spanish alliance against France In an unforeseen twist of fate Catalina – anglicized to Princess Katherine – is betrothed to Henry VIII heir to the English throne Though her marriage is at first loving outside forces soon cause a rift between Katherine and Henry VIII one that threatens their relationship Katherine’s status as ueen and the future of the nation Katherine of Aragon is the first book of the Six Tudor ueens series in which each book is dedicated to recounting the life of one of King Henry VIII’s wives Spanning from 1501 to 1536 Katherine’s life is examined from the time of her crossing the seas at age sixteen to the moment when the last breath leaves her body Though Katherine remains a central figure throughout the book Weir integrates relevant moments of historical import touching on politics warring nations Spanish and English traditions and religion While historically informative it is Katherine’s life as a princess and as a ueen that captivates from start to finish The glamour of wealth is evident in young Katherine’s collection of “ gowns of red and gold damask woven silk velvet of the costliest black and cloth of gold” and the perks of being royalty are obvious when a “ heavy gold diadem glittering with sapphires rubies and pearls” is placed on Katherine’s head Expensive gowns and glittering gemstones are however superficial compensation for the oppressed life of a woman living in the sixteenth century Weir paints a stark portrait of the lack of autonomy Katherine suffers despite her status as ueen Her life is never hers to control and she is therefore a figure who’s easy to sympathize with “The unpalatable truth was that what she wanted was immaterial She knew she was powerless to affect her future It would be decided to the advantage of others That was the way it had always been if you were a princess” Whether girl or woman princess or ueen females are to be chaste and demure A wife’s duty is to be silent to put her husband’s image before hers and to prioritize her husband’s needs before all else “The voices of women even ueens counted for very little” Even education is beyond reach as teaching women is considered frivolous with emphasis directed instead on a woman being moral and pure “They encourage light behavior” Vives explained “but the Princess will benefit from reading moral tales such as ‘Patient Griselda’” Katherine had read the story in Boccaccio’s Decameron and thought that this morality tale of a woman who endured much sorrow and humiliation at the hands of her husband yet loved him in spite of it would offer a good example to the Princess”Katherine’s moments of joy and sorrow are captured with nuanced writing Weir finds a harmonious balance between providing an abundance of historical details and conveying Katherine’s emotional evolution Though the story is delivered in a third person narrative Katherine’s feelings are so resonant that it often seems like a first person delivery view spoiler “The old certainties were gone and the beliefs Katherine held sacrosanct were being wickedly undermined She could not come to terms with it That Henry her beloved Henry the man she had married could have created this schism was unbelievable and she trembled for his immortal soul hide spoiler


  2. Ines Ines says:

    I finished this book a few days ago and I still have this sadness that doesn’t go away I cried and not a little especially in the last 100 pages of the bookIt amazes me very much how it is perfectly in line with the true historical facts let us clarify not only the rise of Henry VIII the court life about all the Dukes and Counts that revolve around the figure of the King but absolutely true are all the epistolary references that we find reported in the book obviously leaving room for all that romanticized component that keeps the story of Catherine standing upWe will see her little than a little girl arriving from Alcalá de Henares because she was engaged to Arthur Prince of Wales eldest son of Henry VII of EnglandThe sad ending of this marriage never actually lived or consummated because of the disease and rapid death of the PrinceIn 1509 Caterina married Arthur’s younger brother HenryI am not giving you any summary's story the events we all know it strikes me however that the big uestion revolved above all on the terror of Henry the big fear of not leaving any heir to the Throne risking therefore to leave England to other houses His obsession was not born in one day but grew little by little Catherine always remained faithful and close to her husband helping him with his great wisdom and humanity to understand the madness of the thing but nothing to doAlison Weir was very good at creating dialogues rich in historical and cultural references makes Catherine speak as a true ueen or rather as a ueen so learned and wise so everyone at the time believed her to encourage the reader to deepen some historical event or philosophical or humanistic works reported in the ueen’s dialoguesA bit of patriotic pride for me as italian the great culture of Catherine so vast to be able to dialogue and discuss with the Supreme Thomas More was given by Alessandro GeraldiniLife at court is described very well but it will never be the intrigues put at the heart of this book but the harrowing pain of these two spouses who while loving each other so much Henry loved Catherine madly they could never find themselves again because of these impediments the absence of a male heir to the throne and the terror of disobeying God by marrying his brother’s wife despite the papal written authorisationWith the entrance of Anne Boleyn everything becomes heartbreaking with Catherine who will always refuse to divorce and renounce the validity of their marriage recognizing the dispensation received at the time by Julius II as valid Catherine remained always firm in her faith without giving up a step in considering herself the true ueen of England she would never renounce it she would renounce the good and the love she always had towards her husband now married to the Boleyn She managed to live the last years now exiled from the court and forced to live in unhealthy and damp castles with the friendship and fidelity of his ambassador Eustace Chapuys Cardinal Fischer and shortly before the friendship and fidelity of Thomas MoreI found the last letter Catherine wrote to Henry heartbreaking and moving but I leave you with the mystery and I invite you to read the bookOnly and only the Faith in Christ and to the Catholic Church has moved this woman in this way it has not moved her conscience nor yielded to the good of her daughter Mary the only living daughter of Catherine and HenryHoly to me as Thomas MoreCatalina de AragónHo finito uesto libro ormai ualche giorno fa e niente da fare continuo ad avere uesto magone che non se ne va Ho pianto e non poco soprattutto nelle ultime 100 pagine del libroMi stupisce tantissimo come sia perfettamente in linea con i veri fatti storici chiariamo non solo l'ascesa di Enrico VIII la vita di corte e tutti i duchi e conti che girano intorno alla figura del Re ma assolutamente vere sono tutti i riferimenti epistolari che troviamo ui riportati ovviamente lasciando spazio a tutta uella componente romanzata che tiene in piedi ui la storia di Caterina La vedremo poco piu' di una bambina arrivare da Alcalá de Henares perchè promessa in sposa ad Arturo principe di Galles figlio maggiore di Enrico VII d' Inghilterra ;il triste epilogo di uesto matrimonio mai effettivamente vissuto ne consumato a causa della malattia e rapida morte del PrincipeEcco che nel 1509 Caterina convolerà a nozze con il fratello minore di Arturo EnricoNon sto farvi nessun riassunto perchè la storia gli avvenimenti li conosciamo tutti mi colpisce però che la grande uestione girasse soprattutto sul terrore di Enrico di non lasciare nessun erede al trono rischiando uindi di lasciare l' Inghilterra ad altri casati La sua ossessione non nacue dall' oggi al domani ma crebbe pian piano Caterina rimase sempre fedele e vicino al marito aiutandolo con la sua grande saggezza e sapienza a capire la follia della cosa ma nulla da fareAlison Weir è stata bravissima a creare dei dialoghi ricchi di riferimenti storici e culturali fa parlare Caterina come una vera Regina o meglio come una Regina così dotta e sapiente così tutti all' epoca la ritenevano da spingere il lettore ad approfondire ualche avvenimento storico o opera filosofica o umanistica riportata nei dialoghi della ReginaUn pò di orgoglio patriottistico la grandissima cultura di Caterina così vasta da poter dialogare e discutere con il sommo Tommaso Moro venne impartita da Alessandro Geraldininoto umanista del 16 secLa vita a corte viene descritta molto bene ma non saranno mai gli intrighi messi come fulcro di uesto libro ma il dolore straziante di uesti due sposi che pur amandosi tantissimo si proprio così Enrico amava alla follia Caterina non riuscirono mai piu a ritrovarsi a causa di uesti impedimenti l'assenza di un erede maschio al trono e il terrore di aver disobbedito a Dio avendo sposato la moglie di suo fratelloCon l'entrata in scena di Anna Bolena tutto diventa straziante con Caterina che si rifiuterà sempre di divorziare e rinunciare alla validità del loro matrimonio riconoscendo il pieno potere la dispensa ricevuta al tempo da parte di Giulio II Caterina rimase sempre ferma nella fede senza cedere di un passo nel considerarsi la vera Regina d' Inghilterra non abiurerà mai ne rinuncerà al bene e all' a che sempre ripose nei confronti di suo marito ormai sposato con la Bolena Riuscì a vivere gli ultimi anni ormai esiliata dalla corte e costretta a vivere in castelli malsani e umidi con l'amicizia e la fedeltà del suo ambasciatore Eustace Chapuys il Cardinale Fischer e poco tempo prima l' amicizia e fedeltà di Tommaso MoroHo trovato straziante e commovente l' ultima lettera che Caterina scriverà ad Enrico ma vi lascio il mistero invogliandovi a leggere il libroSolo ed unicamente la Fede in Cristo e alla Chiesa Cattolica ha mosso così uesta donna non ha smosso ne ha ceduto la sua coscienza neanche sottomettendola al bene di sua figlia Maria unica figlia vivente di Caterina ed EnricoPer me Santa come Tommaso Moro


  3. Whispering Stories Whispering Stories says:

    Book Reviewed by Julie on wwwwhisperingstoriescom‘Katherine of Aragon’ is the first in the ‘Six Tudor ueens’ series by best selling British author Alison Weir Each chapter covers a year or two in Katherine’s life charting events from her arrival in England in 1501 to her death in 1536As the story is based on fact there is inevitably a large cast but readers with little knowledge of this period shouldn’t be put off as there are family trees at the beginning together with a timeline and list of who’s who at the endKatherine is the educated devout and dutiful daughter of King Ferdinand and ueen Isabella joint rulers of Spain She comes to England under the terms of the contract arranged by their respective parents to marry the Prince of Wales After Arthur’s untimely death she becomes betrothed to his younger brother HenryThe book is divided into three parts; Katherine’s life as a widowed princess in a foreign land being treated as a pawn in the political machinations between England and Spain then her life as a much loved ueen and finally being moved around the country after her husband sets her asideKatherine’s happiest moments come during the early years of her marriage when the king treats her kindly Successfully rebuffing a Scottish invasion during her time as Regent was arguably her finest hour Weir shows us how Henry sought her counsel until the appointment of Wolsey who usurped her influence and then latterly Cromwell and CranmerThroughout the book Weir drops people into the story whom we know will feature in the future She tells us that Thomas Boleyn was a favourite and we discover that Henry had a relationship with his daughter Mary We then find that Mary has a younger sister Anne who ultimately becomes Katherine’s nemesis Jane Seymour a gentle lady in waiting has arrived at court and Maud Parr mother of Kate plays a pivotal role in Katherine’s householdAs we view everything through Katherine’s eyes Henry VIII is portrayed in a mainly positive light no matter how reprehensible his behaviour It would have been interesting to have witnessed the frustration he must have felt towards her; however Weir resists the temptation to stray from her remitAlison Weir’s Katherine has remarkable resilience which comes to the fore at times of sorrow and strife The pathos surrounding each pregnancy and the subseuent loss of all but one child is palpable While her life starts to unravel Katherine still has the courage to fight for her marriage and her daughter Mary’s right of succession During her exile she shows fortitude and determination to preserve her status although ultimately she is powerless to prevent Henry from divorcing her Nevertheless she is shrewd enough never gave him grounds to accuse her of treason Even in her humiliation we see a dignified and devoted wife who will not compromise her principles or faithI am mindful of spoilers but Katherine’s story has been told many times and I’m not sure it is possible to learn much that is new However I had never previously heard of a plan to secure the succession through a marriage which would have further cemented the relationship between the Houses of Tudor and PlantagenetIn this book Katherine has been brought to life in a vibrant and empathetic way that captivates the audience Alison Weir is an accomplished writer and I commend her for many hours of painstaking research I enjoy her writing style and should I be asked to review further books in this series it will be a pleasure I award ‘Katherine of Aragon’ a well deserved five stars


  4. Thomas Thomas says:

    4 starsThis is a long book 624p I think that it does represent a very good representation of Katherine's viewpoint and also what it was like to be a ueen 500 years ago I was raised Roman Catholic and taught that Henry VIII's move to divorce Katherine was based on lust for Anne Boleyn But the book makes clear Henry's fear that if he did not have a lawful son and heir his country might descend into civil war when he died He had an illegitimate son by a mistress but his sons by Katherine died He became convinced that he was cursed because he married his brother's widow The battle of Bosworth ending the civil war with Henry VII triumphant took place in 1485 only 6 years before Henry VIII's birth Henry VII impressed upon his sons the importance of carrying on on the royal lineage to avoid another civil warKatherine refused to accept any of the alternatives Henry VIII offered her annulment entering a nunnery or divorce She was defending her daughter Mary's right to royal lineage and her own conscience which said that she was Henry VIII's lawful wife She believed that it would be a great sin to give in to Henry VIIIHenry VIII became mean and vindictive toward Katherine and even had his messengers threaten her with arrest for treason The author does a very good job of portraying intrigue at the royal court and painting a picture of England 500 years ago I recommend it to historical fiction fansTwo uotes Heading his chamber was his fair haired Groom of the Stool William ComptonThe melodious sounds of shawms crumhorns lutes sackbuts regals pipes and tabors echoed from a leafy bower where musicians played unseenThis book was a Goodreads giveaway and I thank the publisher Ballantine books I apologize for taking so long to read it


  5. Susan Susan says:

    They are the family which we never seem to lost interest in – the subjects of endless books documentaries and television shows Even now the Tudors seem larger than life; with Henry VIII the central character circled by the six women he married Now Alison Weir has started a new historical fiction series putting each wife at the very centre of her own story For many of us the historical facts will be well known However whether you are a history fan or not you will be able to read this book and enjoy it For Weir is a consummate story teller and she takes us through the life of Katherine of Aragon from the time she first arrives as a young princess from Spain then the Infanta Catalina to marry Henry Vll’s heir Prince Arthur Katherine arrives in England homesick and cold; only to find Prince Arthur sickly and faintly disinterested Of course much historical research has been spent trying to discover whether this marriage was ever consummated Alison Weir takes the point of view of Katherine as central in this novel and so she also assumes that what Katherine stated happened was the truth Therefore this is very much Katherine’s story as she would have told it and is a very sympathetic portrayal of Henry’s first wife If you are familiar with Katherine’s life there is little point in rehashing it here If you know little about her then you will find this an engrossing portrait of a women who believed completely in doing her duty She would never have uestioned her parent’s or later her husband’s wishes She was sent to England to be ueen and she had every intention of carrying out this role to the best of her ability and creating an alliance between England and Spain So it makes it even moving that when Henry decides he wants a divorce that for once she digs in her heels and refuses to move over gracefully Although this is very much a straightforward fictional biography there is a real sense that Alison Weir is a master of her craft and so knowledgeable of the time period that she easily makes you feel that you there at Court with the characters This could bring new readers to historical fiction in the way that “The Other Boleyn Girl” did when I first discovered the Tudors as a much younger reader Very enjoyable and sure to be a great success Now I cannot wait to read the volume about Anne Boleyn


  6. Evgnossia O& Evgnossia O& says:

    My Review is finally up Alison Weir managed to describe the inner world the emotions and the long suffering fate of Katherine of Aragon the first wife of the King Henry the eighth Through her writing and her deep knowledge of history she brings into live the political principles the values and the games during the Tudor’s domination in EnglandTo read click the link belowKatherine of Aragon The True ueen | Review


  7. Tony Riches Tony Riches says:

    I must admit a certain empathy for Katherine of Aragon so I’d been looking forward to this book since I first heard Alison Weir was writing it Like many I was failed by my history teachers who I remember dismissed Katherine’s almost twenty four year marriage in their haste to get on to the ‘interesting’ bits That meant it was up to me to learn Katherine’s amazing story of courage love loss and determinationAlison recently said of Katherine on the Tudor Times website “As a woman of high principle and integrity she deserves to be celebrated as one of the greatest and most loved ueens of England In telling her story I have tried not to make Katherine too much of a saint She had failings naturally and she could take a blinkered approach to crucial issues but her innate honesty loyalty faith and good intentions make her a most sympathetic character”This comes through from the start when we join the young Catalina arriving in England unable to even speak the language yet full of hope and optimism I like the skilled development of even the minor characters we’ve come to expect of Alison Weir particularly her harsh Spanish ‘Duenna’ clinging on the old traditions and Katherine’s maidservants driven by their own self interestI was unsurprised although a little disappointed to see Henry VII is yet again portrayed as sinister and insensitive although I appreciate way all the English lack manners and refinement through Katherine’s eyes Conversely it’s fun to see Henry VIII as a cheeky boy who can’t believe his luck slowly turning into the man we expect him to becomeAlthough I’ve studied the details of Katherine’s life it is still harrowing and sometimes shocking to share her seemingly endless often tragic pregnancies with their awful conseuences I feel I have a new insight into her character and her faith after reading this book so for that reason am happy to award it a rare five stars


  8. Lois Lois says:

    I actually enjoyed this portrait of Katherine from first arrival in England to her death I'm a fan of the Tudor period This was well written and easy light enjoyable reading Yet I'm tired of the misogynistic view of Anne Boleyn as home wrecker and Katherine as the helpless ingenue unwilling to speak ill of either her husband the King or her rival Anne Boleyn Both seem simplistic portraits of such complex women Edited to add I do not care at all if this review bothers you personally or you think is unfair to the author or Katherine That's great If we are friends let's engage otherwise your opinions belong in your reviewThanksWeir is one of my favorite somewhat inaccuratecasual historians so I'm disappointed in this showing Henry chose to divorce Katherine He then chose to cut off Anne's head I find the suggestion that she had power over him insulting Why set her up as the villain when history clearly has Henry repeating this asshole pattern of behavior with multiple people in his life not just his wives He has friends and relatives killed as well He was a tyrant and he not Anne is responsible for the fate of Katherine of Aragon


  9. Marialyce Marialyce says:

    This was a wonderful telling of the life Katherine of Aragon the true ueen and wife of Henry the Eighth Katherine is presented as a woman of high morals and standards who stood by both the love she had for Henry and the life that she ultimately was condemned to lead Hers was a sad life deprived of her husband's love and denied the ability to be and see her daughter Her loss of so many children while being married to Henry was so tragic and yet her Christian faith allowed her to continue on Katherine was ever so courageous and melded always to the fact that she was Henry's true wife and that Anne Boleyn's claim to being the legitimate ueen was a travesty Henry is presented as the man she truly loved He was so besotted by Anne and so clamoring for a male heir that he willingly forsook the love that Katherine had for him He was and continued to be a man filled with the overwhelming desire to have to have a son in order to continue the Tudor line It is what seemed to drive him constantly and truly made him into the unfeeling unreasonable man we see towards the end of Katherine's life It was a different time for sure where a woman even if she was ueen had little or no rights and was subjugated to the will of her father brother uncle and husband Katherine in the end was able to go to her god with the knowledge that she lived an exemplary life one that was dedicated to her belief in the power and the glory of an almighty being She also died knowing that she alone was the one true ueen


  10. Nat K Nat K says:

    45★s for meI think that Alison Weir best sums up this book herself ”I have tried in these pages to evoke the sights textures sounds and smells of an age a lost world of splendor and brutality and a court in which love or the game of it held sway but where dynastic pressures overrode any romantic considerations It was a world dominated by faith and by momentous religious change – and a world in which there were few saints This was Katherine’s world and we can only understand her properly within its context”From birth Katherine Catalina of Aragón was destined to be a ueen Her lineage her background her education all set the stage for her to be destined to a life of royalty Setting sail as a young woman from her beloved home of Spain to England to marry King Henry’s brother Prince Arthur sets this story in motionWhat I enjoyed is that Alison Weir wrote this from Katherine’s perspective We get an eagle eye view of events unfolding in “real time” From being deeply and happily in love with King Henry to the betrayal that later followed you can feel every wave of happiness and each stab of hurt and regretThis story saddened me deeply with the unjust way in which Katherine was treated Women were very much at the mercy of the men folk and were considered chattels with little or no say in how they led their lives or what opinions they had In fact anyone who had an opinion which did not mirror the King’s met untimely and cruel deaths Those who remained loyal to Katherine were many and suffered cruelly for it What made it even poignant for me is that she continue to love Henry until she drew her last breathThis is such superb writing A definite must read for anyone who is new to the story of King Henry and his wives or for someone who’d like to dip their toe in the water and read the story from another perspectiveI definitely have the next instalment Anne Boleyn waiting in the wings to continue this amazing series


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