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

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These novels have been praised for their meticulous attention to detail and the author’s ability to successfully convey perspectives that historical documents never fully fleshed out. Als Zusatzmaterial gibt es einen Stammbaum, eine Zeittafel, ein Personenverzeichnis, ein kurzes Nachwort, das Fiktion von Wahrheit trennt und Reading Group Questions. Letzteres habe ich bisher, glaube ich, nur in englischen Büchern gesehen und ich muss sagen, dass mir das sehr gut gefällt. Man kann das Buch nochmal Revue passieren lassen und reflektieren und ich kann mir gut vorstellen, dass es in einem Lesezirkel für lebhafte Diskussionen sorgt. Sowas würde ich mir tatsächlich auch in deutschen Ausgaben wünschen.

Six Tudor Queens: Katharine Parr, The Sixth Wife by Alison

I enjoyed reading this but Weir is not a natural novelist: where her historical writing is often dense and alive to the complications of the period, this fictional rendering of the life of Katherine is simple, uncomplicated and straightforward. It follows her life from the marriage negotiations with Henry VII through till her death and smooths out all the unknowable and, perhaps, most interesting things about her life: so here we know exactly what happened (or didn't) on her wedding night with Prince Arthur, for example. Haunting, moving and fascinating, Alison Weir takes us through the life of Catalina of Aragon, or Katherine as she becomes in England. At age 16 she is betrothed to the young Prince Arthur, who of course tragically dies of illness a short time after they wed. 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. The primary driving factor of the Six Tudor Queens series isn’t actually the plight of Henry’s wives, the reasons that compel them to marry Henry or even the rivalries they must overcome to take the throne. It was expected that she and the other young ladies in attendance on their Infanta would be found well-born husbands in England. But where Katherine was facing the future with a certain trepidation, Maria could barely contain her excitement.La vita a corte viene descritta molto bene, ma non saranno mai gli intrighi messi come fulcro di questo libro, .. ma il dolore straziante di questi due sposi, che pur amandosi tantissimo, si proprio così..... Enrico amava alla follia Caterina, non riuscirono mai piu a ritrovarsi a causa di questi impedimenti, l'assenza di un erede maschio al trono e il terrore di aver disobbedito a Dio avendo sposato la moglie di suo fratello. This was a wonderful telling of the life Katherine of Aragon, the true Queen 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. England, 1501: Schon mit 4 Jahren wurde sie mit Arthur Tudor verlobt und im September 1501 reist Katherine von Aragon nun von Spanien zu ihrer Hochzeit nach England. Ihre erste Ehe soll nur von kurzer Dauer sein und einige Jahre später wird sie dann die erste Ehefrau Heinrich VIII. Jener Monarch, der für seine sechs Ehefrauen und den Merkspruch „Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived“ berühmt ist. Wie war Heinrich VIII in seinen jungen Jahren? Wie war es seine Ehefrau zu sein? Und was hat die ausbleibende Geburt eines Thronfolgers mit dem Ehepaar gemacht? Das alles erfährt man in diesem ersten Band der „Six Tudor Queens“-Reihe. 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.” But then the people she trusted turned on her and King Henry VIII gave his heart to another. Once admired and feared, Katherine is now a virtual prisoner.

Jane Seymour - Six Tudor Queens Jane Seymour - Six Tudor Queens

The Six Wives of Henry VIII, και το μέρος που αναφέρει την Αικατερίνη είναι τρομερά όμοιο με αυτό εδώ το βιβλίο. Δηλαδή αυτό που κάνει η συγγραφέας ουσιαστικά είναι να παίρνει την πραγματική ιστορία όπως η ίδια την έχει αφηγηθεί και να προσθέτει κάποια πράγματα για να τη μετατρέψει σε μυθιστόρημα. Φυσικά αυτό δεν με χαλάει και ιδιαίτερα καθώς σε αυτό το είδος αναζητώ πάνω από όλα την ιστορία, το πρόβλημά μου είναι ότι γίνεται σε κάποια σημεία κουραστικό και προσδίδει μία ψυχρότητα. Αυτή η προσοχή στη λεπτομέρεια και η επιμονή της πάντως μας προσφέρει και κάτι ακόμα θετικό. Μας κάνει να αντιληφθούμε όλο το μέγεθος αυτής της ιστορίας, καθώς φυσικά δεν μιλάμε απλά για την ιστορία ενός γάμου και του χωρισμού που ακολούθησε αλλά για κάτι που ήταν άμεση απόρροια των πολιτικών συσχετισμών στην Ευρώπη της εποχής και κάτι που επηρέασε σε μεγάλο βαθμό τη μετέπειτα εξέλιξη της ιστορίας. Όλο αυτό μας μεταφέρει η συγγραφέας με τον καλύτερο δυνατό τρόπο.The lives of the six wives make for dramatic stories. The extensive research I have done has afforded new insights into their lives. In all the romancing, for example, has anyone noticed the evidence that tells us what Anne Boleyn felt about being pursued by Henry VIII? Or that Henry VIII, an overprotected teenager, was prudish when it came to sex? I could go on…

Katharine Parr - Six Tudor Queens

Throughout 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 household. Alison Weir was very good at creating dialogues rich in historical and cultural references, makes Catherine speak as a true Queen, or rather, as a Queen 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 Queen’s dialogues. Whether girl or woman, princess or queen, 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. “[T]he voices of women, even queens, 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. Non sto farvi nessun riassunto perchè la storia, gli avvenimenti li conosciamo tutti... mi colpisce però, che la "grande questione" girasse soprattutto sul terrore di Enrico di non lasciare nessun erede al trono, rischiando quindi di lasciare l' Inghilterra ad altri casati. La sua ossessione non nacque 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 fare.

What 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 regret. I 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 book. 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 determination.



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