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Queen's Gambit Each of Henry VIII s wives had a personal fate to be remembered by Katherine Parr is remembered as the matronly one who took care of Henry and attempted to further the Reformist cause a portrayal which isn t entirely correct and then married the rogue Thomas Seymour Elizabeth Femantle tells Katherine s version of events in Queen s Gambit Queen s Gambit instantly opens with historical fluff and inaccuracies which sets the tone of a historical recreation novel versus an emphasis on accurac Each of Henry VIII s wives had a personal fate to be remembered by Katherine Parr is remembered as the matronly one who took care of Henry and attempted to further the Reformist cause a portrayal which isn t entirely correct and then married the rogue Thomas Seymour Elizabeth Femantle tells Katherine s version of events in Queen s Gambit Queen s Gambit instantly opens with historical fluff and inaccuracies which sets the tone of a historical recreation novel versus an emphasis on accuracy This is discouraging for those readers who seekhistory than fiction in HF novels On the other hand, Fremantle s dialogue and text style is accurate with the times versus being modern and also carries a level of eloquence However, this is off put by an overemphasized effort towards flowery phrases and literary means, which falls short The plot of Queen s Gambit is flat early on with a slow pace The novel follows a heavy As you know, Bob style meaning that pages pass with the characters merely recalling events or discussing other figures with a lack of any activity or actually living proceedings This creates dull text and a slow story Speaking of characters none seem properly introduced or developed which results in a thick veil when attempting to get to know them Katherine feels far away which is disappointing as the novel is expected to reveal her inner thoughts and psyche Fremantle s portrayal of Katherine is tight and constrained while surprisingly, she is muchloose with other characters such as Dot Katherine s maid and even Henry In fact, Queen s Gambit is told through both Katherine and Dot s eyes with Dot s beingreal due to arelaxed storytelling Elaborating on reality Queen s Gambit questions believability early on and suffers from development issues such as Katherine falling in love with Thomas Seymour after only one conversation with him this is stretching it even in a world of courtly love Fremantle therefore misses ample opportunities of event and character building, making the plot of Queen s Gambit aloof Queen s Gambit monumentally improves approximately half way through upon Katherine s marriage to Henry Although there is still too much talk of activity versus partaking in it the drama does increase It seems that Fremantle gains some confidence as the story progresses This strength continues as the plot thickens with a religious focus and Katherine s reformist views This plot focus is a refreshing take versus the romantic side of the story and encourages turning of the pages However, Katherine is still not truly unveiled as a character and one doesn t feel as though he she truly knows her Also positive is the historical accuracy of the smaller details such as court etiquette and decorum, sumptuary laws, decorations, etc Although there are some errors such as the emphasis on Katherine having lice when the Tudors had fleas but lice was considered lowly and higher social classes did not generally have them.An incident occurs three quarters way through which is complete ludicrous and will anger readers striving for historical accuracy sadly, general readers will believe this angle Luckily, this is dropped rather quickly and not explored Similarly, the ending of Queen s Gambit is weaker than expected still not truly presenting a true sense of Katherine but at least being quite accurate historically For less versed readers, Fremantle includes a character list and a list of important Tudor dates Although helpful to the general reader, this would be better suited in the beginning and also supplemented with a thorough author s note describing the historical liberties taken as this was barely addressed by Fremantle Extra Notes Noticeable to readers is a lack of proper chapter breaks with each stretching far too long causing both a lag and an inability of the story to breathe Also, the entire book addressing Katherine s sister as Sister Anne is INCREDIBLY annoying Overall, Queen s Gambit begins slowly with historical fluff but finds its footing and momentum, turning into a decent novel Although one dimensional storytelling and a lack of truly getting to know Katherine is maintained Fremantle does include strong historical effects One can see potential despite first novel jitters so I would read Fremantle again to see how she fairs Queen s Gambit isn t terrible but not a masterpiece, either It is worth reading for those interested in Henry s wives and the lesser focused on Katherine Parr I was torn between 2 or 3 and went with 3 so perhaps 2.5 Meet the woman who survived Henry VIII in Elizabeth Fremantle s first novel, Queen s Gambit My name is Katherine ParrI myears old and already twice widowedI m in love with a man I can t have, and am about to wed a man no one would want for my husband to be is none other than Henry VIII, who has already beheaded two wives, cast aside two , and watched one die in childbirthWhat will become of me once I m wearing his ring and become Queen of England They say that the sharpest blades are sheathed in the softest pouchesOnly time will tell what I am really made ofFor fans of Hilary Mantel, Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir, Elizabeth Fremantle s first novel, Queen s Gambit, is a riveting account of the Tudor queen who married four men and outlived three of them including Henry VIII Rich in atmosphere and period detail, and told through the eyes of Katherine and her young maid Dot, it tells the story of two very different women during a terrifying and turbulent time If you loved Wolf Hall, The Other Boleyn Girl or the BBC drama series The Tudors, then Elizabeth Fremantle s Queen s Gambit is the book for you Meh OK, I m calling it quits on this one I picked this up as a freebie in a BOGO sale from Audible This book will probably work for a lot of readers, but I ain t one of them Two major reasons 1 There s instalove 2 There s a love triangle The 3rd reason I m giving up on this at just shy of the 20% mark is that, thus far, not a damn thing has happened aside from the main character annoying me She is moody and bites peoples heads off one second, and then the next she s literally falling in Meh OK, I m calling it quits on this one I picked this up as a freebie in a BOGO sale from Audible This book will probably work for a lot of readers, but I ain t one of them Two major reasons 1 There s instalove 2 There s a love triangle The 3rd reason I m giving up on this at just shy of the 20% mark is that, thus far, not a damn thing has happened aside from the main character annoying me She is moody and bites peoples heads off one second, and then the next she s literally falling into their blue, blue eyes and UGH, who cares I like historical fiction I picked this up thinking it would be court intrigue and an interesting story about the Tudors from a different perspective than the Boleyns But This is just a romance set in the Tudor period, which just happens to feature actual people I don t know how historically accurate it is, but the fact that the romance and a really cringe worthy sex scene is front and center means that another 11 hours of this book will make me want to put my head through a plate glass window ALSO, there keep being references to a rapist scumbag called Murgatroyd In 19% he s been referred to like 6 times, but obliquely, because SECRETS and SHAME OK, great If we re not talking about him or what happened, WHY DO WE KEEP TALKING ABOUT IT Finally, as a child of the 80s, every time I heard his name, I couldn t help but think of Snagglepuss So yeah That kinda took me out of the moment All in all, not really feeling this book So I ll pass Giveaway opportunity this and other reviews at all Henry VIII s wives, Katherine Parr is my favorite I don t know what it is about the history, but I ve always felt that she,than any of her predecessors, understood she was littlethan a pawn put suddenly into play That regardless of rank, life in the Tudor court was a game of chess and that you must be ever on your guard.Elizabeth Fremantle see Giveaway opportunity this and other reviews at all Henry VIII s wives, Katherine Parr is my favorite I don t know what it is about the history, but I ve always felt that she,than any of her predecessors, understood she was littlethan a pawn put suddenly into play That regardless of rank, life in the Tudor court was a game of chess and that you must be ever on your guard.Elizabeth Fremantle seems to have been equally intrigued by the last of Henry s brides, carefully recreating her story in her debut novel, Queen s Gambit Here the cold and calculating ambition of both men and women come to life in an endless galliard of alternating political alliances, suspicion and fear Brutal and cold, this is the world in which Katherine lived, the role which she was forced into knowing the odds of survival were not in her favor I liked this one for several reasons, but in particular for its portrayal of Katherine affair with Thomas Seymour Intelligent and clever she recognizes him for what he is early in the novel, but starved for romantic affection her allows herself to disregard his faults in hopes of obtaining marital bliss History tells us how their union ends, but I really appreciated the internal conflict Fremantle gifted Katherine in this story Katherine s is a sad fate and I liked the idea that she wasn t entirely blind to it.Tudor lit is a dime a dozen and let s be honest, the story doesn t change What marks a title and makes it noteworthy is the adapted research and the ability to maintain the intensity while illustrating Henry s court without falling into the same old rhythm of all the authors who came before you Fremantle achieves this Queen s Gambit is a powerful and vivid narrative that brilliantly brings to light the strength and fortitude of the woman forced to endure marriage to an aged and depraved monarch An absolute must have for any Tudor reader I found this novel to be a bit of a mixed bag, with parts that I genuinely enjoyed, but other parts I found bewildering or irritating Overall I have to say I thought it was well written Competent use of language, smooth, flowing text In fact the one tiny annoyance was Sister Anne I immediately grasped that Fremantle did this to make sure Katherine s sister was distinct from all the other Annes running around Anne Stanhope, Anne Basset, and the occasionally referenced Anne Boleyn but it I found this novel to be a bit of a mixed bag, with parts that I genuinely enjoyed, but other parts I found bewildering or irritating Overall I have to say I thought it was well written Competent use of language, smooth, flowing text In fact the one tiny annoyance was Sister Anne I immediately grasped that Fremantle did this to make sure Katherine s sister was distinct from all the other Annes running around Anne Stanhope, Anne Basset, and the occasionally referenced Anne Boleyn but it wasn t necessary with the others referred to with their surname constantly, I therefore knew that just plain Anne was Katherine s sister, no need to spell it out I did however like Fremantle s attention to detail, painting a full picture without getting bogged down too much, although she gets a few small points wrong.I have to say I did like the character of Katherine herself pretty important as she s the main character Her calm maturity, her intelligence and wisdom this all fit with my knowledge of the real life Kateryn Parr, and so I felt her very believable Perhaps the only blip was how quickly and completely she falls in love with Thomas Seymour I would ve liked to have seen that drawn out , developedplausibly But then again, we know that Kateryn did indeed find herself in a marriage of questionable wisdom with Thomas Seymour, so perhaps I have no place complaining about a little foolishness when it s supported by history I also rather liked the character of Huicke, his own quiet intelligence and common sense.I didn t like the character of Dot She did serve a good purpose in the story at times, allowing the reader to witness events that Katherine herself couldn t be a part of, so from that point of view she was necessary, and contrasting her life with that of Katherine was also pretty interesting but I just didn t like Dot s character I didn t like how meek she was, how unambitious, or how she always put herself down, and presumed that she was just simple and couldn t understand the things her social betters talked about And when William Savage, view spoiler Dot s lover, admits that he didn t want to tell Dot that he was already married because he was afraid she wouldn t want to have anything to do with him I wanted to take Dot by the shoulders and shake her William spins it as him being married in an arranged match to someone he barely sees, and Dot forgives him and suddenly everything s okay again But it isn t okay Whether or not he s in love with his wife, the man lied about his marital status in order to keep Dot around him and in his bed That s unacceptable Deception, emotional manipulation, abuse of trust, that s isn t all magically justified if the other person does it because they love you and claim they only wanted to hold on to you hide spoiler Yeah, needless to say I grew very sick of Dot and her storyline.The other sticking point was really how Fremantle filled in the gaps Like many a historical fiction author, Fremantle fills in the gaps in history with her own invention, and it s often a thin line trod between plausibility and the reader buying into your concoction, and absurdity and the reader rejecting it There are quite a few in The Queen s Gambit, and I ll address each in turn First, view spoiler Fremantle has it that during the Pilgrimage of Grace, Katherine, and her stepdaughter Meg, were both raped by a thug named Murgatroyd Sorry but this one just goes too far It s too big a concoction when we have no evidence whatsoever for anything like this happening The larger andoutrageous a concoction is, the less likely it will be bought into hide spoiler Second, view spoiler Katherine hastens the passing of her second husband with a herbal poison, because he is in so much pain and suffering It seems unlikely, since that would have been contrary to people s faith at the time and we know Kateryn was a pious woman, but at the same time, I did buy into this one With her intelligence, common sense, calm maturity and knowledge as a nurse, I could buy into this fiction as a loving act that tears Katherine up but is also the humane and common sense thing to do I know other readers didn t buy into that one, but I did just about hide spoiler Third, view spoiler it turns out that Henry has some depraved tastes in the bedroom, including hitting Katherine about and calling her bitch , whore , etc and generally taking out all his anger with his previous wives on her Didn t buy into this one Yes, Henry obviously had a lot of anger towards some of his previous wives, and a disturbingly cold, bordering on sociopathic, way of getting rid of them However he was also pious at least in his own mind and had prudish sensibilities for example he strongly disliked use of crude words, especially in front of women Whilst by this age he did have significant problems in the bedroom, it seems deeply unlikely that he d turn to such out of character behaviour in order to try and remedy his difficulty hide spoiler Fourth, view spoiler Katherine defiantly plans to do away with Henry the same way I didn t buy this After all the dangers she s come through, I didn t buy that she would be that reckless, or that she would let her anger get the better of her common sense Now, you could argue that this one is averted because Katherine only thinks about doing this but doesn t go through with it, therefore it s not like Fremantle has really filled in that gap with something unbelievable But, eh, I still didn t buy into Katherine s recklessness even considering the deed hide spoiler Fifth, and finally, view spoiler Fremantle decides that Seymour and Elizabeth did the deed I ve never bought into this in any historical novel before, and I m not starting now hide spoiler So of five big gap fillings that Fremantle attempts, I really only bought into one of them.Despite this, I have to say I enjoyed the novel overall The missteps don t outweigh the generally good writing for me, and I felt that for the most part I believed in Katherine and got drawn into her world I just really disliked Dot s character and didn t agree with a few big gap fillings that Fremantle attempts I would try Fremantle again.7 out of 10 My partner has a first in English Lit, my degrees are all in veterinary medicine and I am constantly grateful for the fact that nobody tried to teach me to read By an large, this means that we have very different tastes in books although inevitably we re overlappingas the years progress Once in a while, a book comes along that I know she s going to love some of them are entirely not her kind of thing she spent an entire evening asking me why I d pressed Tim Griggs book Redemption Blu My partner has a first in English Lit, my degrees are all in veterinary medicine and I am constantly grateful for the fact that nobody tried to teach me to read By an large, this means that we have very different tastes in books although inevitably we re overlappingas the years progress Once in a while, a book comes along that I know she s going to love some of them are entirely not her kind of thing she spent an entire evening asking me why I d pressed Tim Griggs book Redemption Blues on her, and then two days later sat up half the night finishing it can I say, told you so Elizabeth Fremantle s book Queen s Gambit fell effortlessly into the double tick bracket literary enough to please Faith s love of language, while the characterisation and sense of history are so utterly engaging that I fell into it and had to be dragged unwilling back to the day job and was left with characters not of my own making hovering over the day, clamouring forattention Like Wolf Hall, with which there are obvious comparisons, this book is set in the reign of Henry VIII, although this one deals with the last of his wives, the gutsy, level headed Katherine Parr who holds her husband s hand as he dies from I assume bowel cancer and then is speed dated by Henry who wants her as his new wife on the strength, so he says, of her willingness to speak the truth to him There follows a touching while toe curling portrait of an intelligent, passionate woman in her thirties, forced into matrimony with the aging, ulcerous, overweight, monstrously self indulgent king I have yet to read a sympathetic portrait of Henry and while this book does much to make him human and there is no doubt that the chronic pain from his leg ulcer must have driven him even closer to the edge of madness than he already sailed but the real punch in this book comes from the knowledge that Katherine Parr is sixth in a line of wives, two of whom have been beheaded, one has died and only those from farnoble families than hers have had the luxury of a divorce She has her enemies at court, the names made famous in Wolf Hall as Call me and Gardiner Both hate her and will do anything to bring her down, particularly after she has made such a success of her regency while Henry was away campaigning in France But , they hate her because she espouses the new religion and they are trying their hardest to bring Henry back to catholocisim To lose to them will be fatal and the moments when she seems to fall out of the king s favour once for daring to quote Erasmus to him in Gardiner s company are terrifying The pressure in her household, the grasping after small motes of rumour this is what happened to the concubine Anne Boleyn , this is how it happens, the jewels are taken back first Her redemption is humiliating, but lightened by the sight of her enemy stepping too far across the line and finding himself banished from court Even so, it s an old passion that seems her final downfall and the slide towards the block seems inexorable when Henry falls ill There s a hint that Katherine, with her knowledge of herbs, and her easing of a previous husband s passage, might have seen the old monster off to save her own skin, but the plot steps back from that If it did happen, I can t think there are many who would blame her She fails to gain regency, and is glad of it free from the politics of court, she can marry her love and find happiness Or so it might seem Men, though, do not step well from the pages of this book, and her final love, and her final betrayal seem a heart breaking end to a life lived so close to the edge, with such striving for integrity So this isn t Wolf Hall, but it bears many of the hallmarks of that book if with easier language and a plot that does not depend quite so much on everyone s knowledge of history to provide the tension It stands head and shoulders above the general run of Tudor romance mystery histories and will be, I m sure, a run away best seller This is a magnificent endeavour anyone would have been proud to have written it at any stage of their writing career as a first novel, it s truly outstanding This novel is an exceptional debut that introduces the reader to a Katherine Parr who isthan others have written her to be She is a pious nurse to older husbands, but that is far from all there is to Queen Katherine Fremantle has created a multi dimensional character and bravely filled in historical gaps to create a gripping story.I especially enjoyed the development of Katherine s faith as a reformer It is easy for us, with almost 500 years of separation, to categorize historical figur This novel is an exceptional debut that introduces the reader to a Katherine Parr who isthan others have written her to be She is a pious nurse to older husbands, but that is far from all there is to Queen Katherine Fremantle has created a multi dimensional character and bravely filled in historical gaps to create a gripping story.I especially enjoyed the development of Katherine s faith as a reformer It is easy for us, with almost 500 years of separation, to categorize historical figures into Catholic and Reformist and not appreciate the nuances and waverings that occur in each person s personal beliefs In Katherine s story, we see her fire for reform burn brightly, become doused by physical fear, and come under the attack of doubt This realistic portrayal of faith formed a secret window into Katherine s inner heart without becoming preachy I was only disappointed that the publication of Lamentations of a Sinner was overshadowed by her rekindled romance with Seymour.Katherine s story is told in parallel with her servant Dot s, allowing readers to view both sides of the Tudor court Through Dot s eyes, we see the endless toil that is required to provide a glittering backdrop to those who are so far above them Dot s own lovestory is as captivating butpure than Katherine s.The most significant negative that I see voiced about this novel is the way that Fremantle chooses to fill in some historical gaps Two that are very near the beginning of the book and can therefore be shared without being spoilers are that Katherine was raped, resulting the the birth of a dead baby, during the Pilgrimage of Grace, and that Katherine gave her second husband, John Neville, a lethal dose of painkiller to end his suffering There are other literary liberties taken that may not have been as harshly judged if they werecarefully revealed in Fremantle s author s note In my opinion, these elements of the story were bold and unique Since there is no way of knowing if they are true, I think it is enough that the author has made them plausible to her version of events.Tudor dress, food, castles, and landscape are all expertly recreated, making it easy to imagine the details of Katherine s life Thomas Seymour is written just as I have imagined him handsome, desirable, and completely manipulative Katherine s drawn out obsession with him is the only part of this book that I could have done with less of The beginning and end of this novel are fluffy, romantic bookends to the captivating story of England s Reform Queen ENOUGH ALREADY I think I should know better at this point in my reading life As a novel junkie and an admitted glutton for all things English history related it is a given that I know certain stories pretty well at this point Hell, the stories of the tragedy and scandal ridden lives of the wives of Henry VIII have now been recounted so many damn times by so many people that if you ve got even a passing interest in the Tudors or Showtime you probably know at least the gist of ev ENOUGH ALREADY I think I should know better at this point in my reading life As a novel junkie and an admitted glutton for all things English history related it is a given that I know certain stories pretty well at this point Hell, the stories of the tragedy and scandal ridden lives of the wives of Henry VIII have now been recounted so many damn times by so many people that if you ve got even a passing interest in the Tudors or Showtime you probably know at least the gist of every single one of those tragic queens lives The problem is, and obviously this is an issue with ALL historical fiction, that the stories never change Unless you re dealing with alternate history or some whackadoo with a crazy conspiracy theory involving Queen Elizabeth s illegitimate offspring there s only so many times you can rehash the same stories.Maybe two stars isn t entirely fair here since its not the fault of the genuinely capable Elizabeth Fremantle that I already knew this whole story I ve certainly read worse It may haveto do with Katherine Parr s life, particularly as Henry s queen, just not being that interesting And that s where most of Fremantle s story takes place In the way overwritten vipers den of the Tudor court.As a reader I m MUCHinterested in the inner lives of these people And Katherine Parr seems to have had a rich inner life and fascinating story beyond her limited role as Henry s last wife Fremantle certainly hints at some of that life, but all we get are tiny little tastes before we are swept back into the end of Henry s reign, political maneuvering and literally everything that s already been rehashed nine gabillion times in other novels, television shows, and movies Giveaway Let Them Read Books Ends Sept 22, 2013.After finishing Elizabeth Fremantle s debut novel, Queen s Gambit, I m feeling quite sad, as I always do after reading about Katherine Parr She is my favorite of Henry s queens, and not just because she s the one who got away, but because she was such a grand lady, so smart, so poised, and so tragic I go into each novel knowing how it s going to end, but I still get swept away, much as Katherine does I still hope for that happy ending, and th Giveaway Let Them Read Books Ends Sept 22, 2013.After finishing Elizabeth Fremantle s debut novel, Queen s Gambit, I m feeling quite sad, as I always do after reading about Katherine Parr She is my favorite of Henry s queens, and not just because she s the one who got away, but because she was such a grand lady, so smart, so poised, and so tragic I go into each novel knowing how it s going to end, but I still get swept away, much as Katherine does I still hope for that happy ending, and then I get so angry when the people she cared about most end up ruining the last months of what should have been the happiest time in her life Two other solid 4 star reads about Katherine The Secret Keeper by Sandra Byrd and Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir Fremantle begins the novel with the death of Katherine s second husband, Latymer, and captivates the reader with her poetic narrative and fantastic description as she touches on the key points in Katherine s life her infatuation with the dashing Thomas Seymour, her marriage to an aging and ailing Henry VIII, her relationships with her stepdaughters Meg, Elisabeth, and Mary, her relationships with the reformists and the martyr Anne Askew, and her own close call with Henry s desire to be rid of yet another wife Katherine manages to accomplish quite a bit in her thirty five years, not the least of which includes bringing Henry VIII s children together in the only semblance of family they ve ever known, serving as regent of England, and publishing two books of her own writings And Fremantle portrays all of this mostly through the eyes of Katherine herself and through her devoted servant Dot Fownten, and in doing so she has created two rich and compelling heroines for the reader to get attached to as they navigate the perils of the court and of the heart I was hooked from the first page and could not put the book down as Henry s Catholic cronies cast their net around Katherine.There s not much to complain about in this novel, other than some awkward sex scenes, but I can t justify a higher rating because this novel really doesn t contribute anything new to my understanding of Katherine Parr I was very intrigued early on by a couple of things that were definitely new to me, but then the author admitted they were fictions in her note Nothing wrong with that I can appreciate dramatic license with the facts when it s acknowledged For me, the best aspect of this novel, and the one that I will remember most, is the way Fremantle brought the underworkings of the court to life Because Dot was an actual servant and Katherine was such a hands on queen, the enormity of what it took to keep Henry s court running, from the lowliest kitchen boy to the noblest lady in waiting, comes into exquisite focus I was fascinated by the behind the scenes glimpses of feasts and festivals, occasions of state, the court on the move, and the day to day duties of the army of servants required to make everything seem so effortless and easy in Henry VIII s court It s little details like that, coupled with giving voice to the people who worked so hard to make it happen but who have been forgotten by history, that really bring a time period to life and remind me why I love historical fiction so much This stunning historical masterpiece captures the fervent intensity and passion of the Tudors with such remarkable effortless ease The dazzlingly dangerous Tudor court is brought to life with such acute detail as only a painter would capture in this vividly evocative, exquisite debut novel Stripping back and shedding new light on Katherine Parr Henry VIII sixth and last wife, this enthralling tale of passion, loyalty and betrayal is truly astonishing as to amaze The combination of rich perio This stunning historical masterpiece captures the fervent intensity and passion of the Tudors with such remarkable effortless ease The dazzlingly dangerous Tudor court is brought to life with such acute detail as only a painter would capture in this vividly evocative, exquisite debut novel Stripping back and shedding new light on Katherine Parr Henry VIII sixth and last wife, this enthralling tale of passion, loyalty and betrayal is truly astonishing as to amaze The combination of rich period detail and well written, captivating prose is exceptional, encapsulating perfectly the atmosphere and electric tension of the times Full of intrigue, ambition and heated rivalry amidst an intense backdrop where romance blossoms this is such an impressive tale of substance and scope Profoundly affecting, outstanding and truth drawing I was unable to tear my eyes away from the pages as I lost myself within such sublime storytelling A riveting account of one woman, who married four men and outlived three of them including Henry VIII, whose intelligence and astuteness aids her in avoiding that terrible fate which befell the King s former wives Unexpectedly finding herself in the middle of a forbidden passionate affair with Thomas Seymour, she ultimately focuses on her role as wife to one of the greatest monarch s who sat upon England s throne rather than dwelling on unrequited love Focusing on significant aspects such as religious reform, the catholic ascendancy and the succession of the throne this book captures the terrifying, turbulent time flawlessly Thrilling, absorbing and fabulous Elizabeth Fremantle s exceptional novel I envisage as this years bestseller Fans of the popular BBC television drama The Tudors and The other Boleyn girl and also authors such as Hilary Mantel, Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir will love this I would like to thank Real Readers for sending me an ARC of Queen s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle to read and review Also reviewed for GoodReads, as part of a first read giveaway


About the Author: Elizabeth Fremantle

Elizabeth Fremantle is the critically acclaimed author of Tudor and Elizabethan set novels Queen s Gambit, Sisters of Treason, Watch the Lady and Times Books of the Year The Girl in the Glass Tower and The Poison Bed, a historical thriller written under the name EC Fremantle described as a Jacobean Gone Girl Her latest novel is The Honey and the Sting, published August 6th 2020 as EC FremantleShe lives in London


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