- By Jean Plaidy

The Sixth Wife

  • Title: The Sixth Wife
  • Author: Jean Plaidy
  • ISBN: 9780099493242
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Sixth Wife The stirring story of Henry VIII s final marriage to Katharine Parr Katharine Parr has unwittingly become the last pawn in King Henry VIII s ambitions for an heir Already twice widowed Katharine fin

    The stirring story of Henry VIII s final marriage, to Katharine Parr.Katharine Parr has unwittingly become the last pawn in King Henry VIII s ambitions for an heir Already twice widowed, Katharine finally dares to hope that she might find love with the dashing Thomas Seymour but Henry has decided he must have a sixth wife and Seymour s intentions to marry Katharine haveThe stirring story of Henry VIII s final marriage, to Katharine Parr.Katharine Parr has unwittingly become the last pawn in King Henry VIII s ambitions for an heir Already twice widowed, Katharine finally dares to hope that she might find love with the dashing Thomas Seymour but Henry has decided he must have a sixth wife and Seymour s intentions to marry Katharine have not gone unnoticed.Unable to refuse the King of England, Katharine becomes his reluctant bride Once again it seems only a matter of time before another wife s fate leads her to the Tower of London

    1 thought on “The Sixth Wife

    1. Rating Clarification: 3.5 Stars"Divorced, Beheaded, Died.Divorced, Beheaded, Survived."So goes that nice little ditty that encapsulates the matrimonial history of England's most famous king, Henry VIII. While a cursory glance would seem to suggest that the "Survived" wife, Katherine Parr, fared best out of the bunch, I'm not so certain that's so. After all, Katherine P. got Henry at his absolute worst both physically and mentally. Aggravated by a stinky, puss-filled leg, over 300 pounds heavy, g [...]

    2. This absorbing and well crafted 1953 novel written by that great master of British historical fiction, will keep you interested until the end. It recounts the story of Henry VIII's sixth wife, Catherine Parr. After two marriages, Katherine Parr has met the man she believed herself to truly love only to be chosen by the cruel tyrantHenry VIII as his sixth wife. Because of her strong Reformist Protestant beliefs, and her inability to provide Henry with his much desired son, she soon falls in the s [...]

    3. If you want to read a more historically accurate account of the life of Henry VIII's wife #6, Katherine Parr, with no "spinning" and bodice ripping, then choose this one over the Susannah Dunn novel with the same title. Jean Plaidy remains the uncontested queen (no pun) of English royal history!

    4. A strong retelling of the Katherine Parr story.When you sing the rhyme about Henry's wives, you always think of Katherine Parr of being the lucky one, the survivor. But even though she managed to outlive Henry VIII her whole life was pretty tragic.No young girl wants to be married off to an old man but this is just what happened to Katherine. And when she became a widow, her family gave her to another old man. She spent her youth nursing old men.When her second husband dies, she is excited at th [...]

    5. This was my first foray into historical fiction and I thought it was an ok book. At first, I thought it was very dull and I wondered how the author had made a wife of Henry VIII seem so boring but I got into it as it went on. Shame you know all the way through that she won't be beheaded as it takes a lot of the drama out of it!I know it is the purpose of historical fiction but I struggle to get it out of my head that all the thoughts and feelings are made up. I know this is the case in a normal [...]

    6. "Henry's good humour was miraculously restored. How strange it was, thought Katharine, that this great King, this man whom the French and Spaniards feared, should be so childish in his vanity. The King's character contained the oddest mingling of qualities; yet the brutality and the sentimentality, the simplicity and the shrewdness, made him the man he was. She should not regret these contrasts; she could watch for these traits in his character, and, as her knowledge of them grew, she might find [...]

    7. The fiction based on fact story of the sixth wife of Henry VIII-Katherine Parr. Twice widowed, she is in love with dashing Thomas Seymour, but Henry has fallen for her and has his love rival sent away. Katherine reluctantly agrees to marry him, living in fear that he will turn on her like his previous wives. And there are those plotting to make sure that it happens sooner rather than later. Katherine was a fascinating wife-she restored good relations between Henry and his children, outwitted tho [...]

    8. Read more than forty years ago, but recall it telling of the story of Katherine Parr, Henry VIII, Thomas Seymour, and Elizabeth. Keeping Henry happy while loving another, and avoiding all the machinations of the court to stay alive to eventually marry Thomas Seymour.

    9. Not my favorite of the Tudor series. There was some awkward switching between characters in the middle of chapters that kind of threw me.

    10. My god was this book boring! I think I've come to the conclusion that this period in time is just not my cup of time to read. If I have to hear another damn book go on about how gorgeous Elizabeth I is I swear I'm going to scream! The kicker is that despite this book taking the title The Sixth Wife it isn't actually about her all that much. It focuses on just about everyone else in the book but her, Katherine Parr is such a mousey character that even the book couldn't focus on her and had to str [...]

    11. I always enjoy her books since I love historical fiction. She does a lot of research and they are also informative. In some parts she seemed to ramble a bit on the some issues occasionally but once you got passed that it was a good read - if you like this type of book. I would like to get more in her series - especially on Queen Victoria and the Stuarts.

    12. "The Sixth Wife" presents the story of Katherine Parr, the last wife of Henry VIII, which starts in 1543 and ends in September 1548 with the death of Katherine.I am a fan of Jean Plaidy, "The Merry Monarch's Wife", "The Rose Without A Thorn" and "Loyal In Love" are all informative and entertaining; unfortunately "The Sixth Wife" fell flat compared to those.The book should not be called "The Sixth Wife" because it may make you think that this is Katherine Parr's story, in truth it should be calle [...]

    13. Probably the title tells you right off the bat that this book has to do with Henry Tudor, AKA Henry the Eighth, he of the six wives. But before you decide that you already know as much as you want to about Henry and his wives, this historical fiction novel is by Jean Plaidy (1 September 1906 – 18 January 1993), the prolific author who wrote and published almost 200 novels under various pseudonyms (one for each genre she wrote), and whose real name was Eleanor Hibbert. Her historical fiction is [...]

    14. While I've read other historical novels about King Henry the 8th's other wives, Anne and the first Catherine, I didn't know much about his last wife, the one who "survived" him. Plaidy takes the stance that I would, who would want to marry him when he was in the "off with her head" mood? Plaidy does a good background sketch of all the characters involved because I keep forgetting who's related to who, or remembering who gets famous later. It's a little more dry than other historical novels and I [...]

    15. I don't think I have read Jean Plaidy for several decades. I devoured her books in my teens and had forgotten how good she is. Her historical research was top-notch, and she worked all those facts seamlessly into her narrative. While it may lack somewhat in psychological depth, for sheer emotional drama she conveys all the horror of being the wife of a psychopathic tyrant.Book Description: Henry VIII’s fifth wife, Katherine Howard, was both foolish and unfaithful, and she paid for it with her [...]

    16. Katharine Parr was King Henry VIII's sixth and final wife. She was no less in danger than her predecessors, yet she survived by her skill as a nurse (learned from her previous marriages to older gentlemen) and by lucky chance. Her great story only deepens after the king passes and she believes she has found her happy ending. Alas, her optimism for her future clouds her judgement and prevents her from seeing the deception surrounding her.Jean Plaidy writes her story well, avoiding excessive lengt [...]

    17. Not bad. I really like Plaidy don't get me wrong but I don't like how she sticks to the stereotypes of the wives sometimes. Catherine Parr was much more than Henry's nurse and head over heels for Thomas Seymour. There is not a lot of depth in for Catherine, I felt it was very dry. Plaidy while she tries to be very fair to all her subjects, comes out with very dry characterizations and we rarely get to feel what her subjects are feeling. There is little description of their surroundings and she d [...]

    18. Of all Henry VIII's wives, Katharine Parr is the one of whom I knew the least. Whilst this instalment of the Tudor series does still track the historical events of that time it seems to shift a little to focusing on the human elements of the characters: Henry as a somewhat desperate old man, Katharine as a compassionate, wronged woman, and others of court not as prominent figures but as young men and women with fears and desires. Therefore I came away knowing a great deal more about the Sixth Wi [...]

    19. I don’t know why I didn’t start reading Jean Plaidy books much earlier. I love the tales she weaves, the way she really seems to identify with these historical people.Going into this book, I didn’t know a whole lot about Katherine Parr, and to an extent, I still feel like I don’t. I don’t think this is any fault of the author, I really think it’s simply because there isn’t a whole lot of information about Katherine Parr out there. We know so little about her, other than Henry was p [...]

    20. This is my favorite Jean Plaidy novel. It is extremely short in length but very historically accurate from what we know of Katherine Parr and I love the author's elegance in portraying such a unique and important woman in history. She practically raised the future Edward VI and his sister Elizabeth I and was the only mother either of them ever really knew. Her influence was expansive over them and she was the wife of Henry VIII to have some sort of political sway in his eyes, which in some respe [...]

    21. While Katherine Parr was in love with another man, as soon as King Henry VIII decided he would marry her she had no choice but to set that love aside. This books tells her story from a nonfiction point of view as we follow her in the last few years of the King's life. Sadly, when the King dies and Katerine is finally able to be with her true love, she only has a few short years of happiness with him and eventually dies of a broken heart. Her story is tragic.

    22. Can't anyone write an historical novel that implies the immortality that occurred without describing it? I felt super awkward during those descriptions. I should have known what I was getting into - I just read "The King of the Castle" under her pseudonym Victoria Holt, and I didn't like the style at all. I guess it's better than a lot of historical fiction - I wouldn't know, I'm afraid to read much of it, for the immorality.

    23. The first Jean Plaidy book, The Sixth Wife, is my favorite of the four I've read. It is the story of Henry VIII last wife who escaped his wrath by his death and is known in the poem as the one who survived. It is very interesting and I remember thinking how sad her life was in review. Jean Plaidy's books are not easy reads though and I would suggest them for adults or teenagers who have a lot of time to focus. I read it in the summetime.

    24. This book tells the story of Henry VIII's sixth and final wife, Katharine Parr. It is above all, a tragedy, however not in the way that I thought it would be. The stories of Henry VIII's wives are fascinating to me and this book was no exception. It was slow to start but, then I was pulled into the story of Katharine, how she fared as a queen and in other aspects of her life. I recommend this book.

    25. Katherine Parr escaped with her head and her life from the monstrous Henry VIII--and marries the love of her life, Thomas Seymour. However, the politically ambitious Seymour turns out to be "no prize." I learned much about the intelligent, educated Kathrine Parr whose wits saved her life. This novel gives excellent character studies of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Edward VI. Recommended to readers who like the dramatic Tudor period.

    26. I love historical fiction, and it's rare to find a well-written story or a story that's not a bit trashy. I thought I would give this a try, I had never read any of Plaidy's books before and I don't choose books on Katharine Parr too often. I didn't expect much going ine language was a little too hoity-toity for me and I just got bored after a quarter through the book. So's not quite trashy, but poorly written and a bit boring.

    27. This story is about Katherine Parr whom was the sisth and final wife of King Henry VIII of England. Jelous courtiers try to usurp her by spreading rumours of her luthernism which was a threat to the Church of England. Henry becomes angry but Katherine seems to be the only one who can nurse him properly in his ailing health.

    28. Thesixth wife recounts the life of Katherine Parr from just before Katherine marries Henry Viii to her death. The book reads like a thriller. Only we know the end result because it is all based on fact. Henry is depicted as a tyrant who will stop at nothing to get rid of a wife he no longer wants.

    29. The Sixth Wife is Plaidy's book about the very sympathetic Katherine Parr. It captures everything I love about historical fiction offering a painless way to review some history. Katherine was a bright woman whose survival depended on her ability to read the political landscape. It made me want to read the whole series! I recommend.

    30. Have completed my project of reading all of Jean Plaidy's Wives of Henry VIII in order. I enjoyed all of them and will soon begin reading another of her books. Part of a lifetime goal to read her entire collection. Over the years I have read probably half of them, many more than once so actually keeping track of which ones I have done would be very difficult.

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