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those that arethat are long out of print Katharine the Virgin Widow tells the story of Katharine of Aragon It starts with her being brought to England from Spain to marry Henry VIIs oldest son Arthur The Tudors just took the throne of England and Henry is determined to keep it His heir must marry and have sons The Tudor line must continue But there is always a but isn t there Arthur dies soon after marrying Katharine Henry VII does not want to return her dowry but what to do with her Katharine is suddenly a virgin widow the marriage was never consummated because she was young and Arthur was sickly Cue politics intrigue plotting What will happen to poor Katharine And now the younger son Henry is suddenly Prince of Wales the heir to the throne There are three Plaidy books about Katharine of Aragon Katharine the Virgin Widow is the first followed by The Shadow of the Pomegranate and The King s Secret Matter These books are also books 2 4 in Plaidy s Tudor Saga I Heaven to Betsy enjoyed this story I already knew the facts but Injoyed this author s slant on it Poor Katharine She arrives in England not So B. It even knowing how to speak English She misses her mother and her home country She marries but her husband dies soon after She wants to go homebut politics and money is involved She is a pawn in the games of kings She has no real choices She must do as she is told Men hold all the power Even when she is ueenher husband controlsverything She is just xpected to have babies and be uiet What a
Life Spectacular And Incredibly Sadspectacular and incredibly sad the same time Great book I m obsessed with the Tudor ra time Great book I m obsessed with the Tudor ra I am njoying the Tudor Saga seriesOn to the next book I njoy reading Tudor historical fiction and was pleasantly surprised when this author showed up on a reading list that I am trying to get through my last reading list for this year So I wholeheartedly looked forward to this series by Plaidy I was surprised that I was a little disappointed though This book was just okay for me I just didn t feel drawn in It was written well but it just seemed like a regurgitation of facts I wanted relationship building and info on the people and about the time period And there seemed to be a lot of repetition of the same facts as if I had forgotten those facts since I just read it in the last chapterThe author did give full descriptions on veryone in that small span of time that it cove A very Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice enjoyable novel The first novel I read of Plaidy s was well written and fantastic but the second novel was very repetitive slow and flat I was nervous to try a third one but found it to be much like the first one The novel was well w Published in the 1960s This is the story of Katharine of Aragon when beloved Princess of Spain then wife of Arthur Prince of Wales for a matter of months before becoming his widow She remained in England under the guardianship of her father in law until Arthur s younger brother Henry ascended to the throne on the death of his father and with papal dispensation married her in 1509SynopsisIN THE ROYAL MARRIAGE MARKET THE INFANTA OF SPAIN WAS A TRUE PRIZEIn theyes of the world Katharine of Aragon was a precious object to be disposed of for the glory of Spain Her parents ueen Isabella and King Ferdinand send her to England to become the bride of Arthur Prince of WalesBut soon her frail husband was dead and a fateful uestion loomed Was the marriage consummated as Katharine s priest avowed or was the young widow still a virgin On that delicate point hinged Katharine s and England s future Meanwhile waiting in the wings was her willful handsome brother in law bold Prince Henry who alone had the power to restore Katharine s lost positionJean Plaidy s narrative genius sparkles in this story of a remarkable royal marriage that inspired some of history s bloodiest deed. Her in law bold Prince Henry who alone had the power to restore Katharine's lost position but at what cost Jean Plaidy's narrative genius sparkles in this story of a remarkable royal marriage that inspired some of history's bloodiest dee. Jean Plaidy really knows how to write historical fiction En plein coeur especially Tudor fiction which is my favourite I really liked that the point of View was from Katharine Of Aragon s It was interesting to read it from such anarly part of King Henry the ighth s life and the time before he had married Katharine Arriving from Spain to marry Prince Arthur Katharine Is a uiet subdued Spanish princess who starts to find herself in England under the household of the Tudor king Henry the seventhI like the Spanish princess and it was nice to see her in such a romantic telling of her life The Tudor series is not such a romantic telling of her life The Tudor series is not string of novels written one after the other they were written at different stages during Plaidy s life The first book was the last to be written This second one and the two that follow it are really seuels from the Daughters of Spain seriesIn conseuence a huge portion of Book One is retold in Book Two Book One follows on from the Plantagenet series and it s a shame that the author didn t write up to the point where she starts this novelWe do however see vents from Katharine of Aragon s viewpoint in this story along with her maidservents activities plus what s going on in SpainKatharine s sister Juana is the most well developed and Dance Real Slow engaging character She s mad which gives are personality than any other character The sections featuring Juana interested me most of allAs with all Plaidy novels The Virgin Widow features a lot of repeated info and dry facts The main reason why her works are so dry is because there s far too much telling as opposed to showing Many times in this book the reader is told what happened in a few sentences when the author could ve dramatized scenes to show what happenedSomethinglse Ms Plaidy s guilty of is her continuous use of the passive voice It s always She had been carried into the lying in state chamber by four noblemen or The daughter of the King as opposed to the active voice Four noblemen carried her into the lying in state chamber and The king s daughter Passive voice passive proseAnother annoying trait this author has is writing with hindsight Her characters say prophetic things which is too unrealistic or they wish for things repeatedly until they The Art of Memoir either get their wish or suffer in the attempt Forxample the future Henry VIII constantly wishes he was the firstborn son and he harps on about older brother Arthur s ill health It s written in such a way as to hint that Henry knows his wish will come true We know it will but he couldn t know The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life especially from such a young age In the previous book he was coveting the throne from the age of threeThe future was as unknown to these people as it is forveryone lse but in these stories they have premonitions which I can t believe the real people these characters are based on would ver have She was trying to shake off this premonition which had been with her since she knew she was to have another child It s all down to the author writing with hindsight Very irritating Something about Jean Plaidy s books keep me coming back for Perhaps it s her obvious love for English history which I share that draws me back I wish she d focused less on turning out as greater uantity of novels as possible and concentrated on uality writing The Virgin Widow has some good moments but overall it s another that feels like an unedited arly draft Another look at the troubled life of Katherine of Aragon Plaidy breaks up the story of Katherine into three books and this one focuses on the period of betrothal doomed marriage and ndless forgotten waiting the young woman was subjected to To pad the story she focuses on the
trials of katherineof Katherine family specifically her father Ferdinand and sister Juana the mad ueen While this is all interesting and relevant to what happened to Katherine it was an unexpected detour in the story for me There are other side stories regarding some of Katherine s household members and reveal the motives behind their actions. In the yes of the world Katharine of Aragon was a precious object to be disposed of for the glory of Spain Her parents ueen Isabella and King Ferdinand send her to England to become the bride of Arthur Prince of Wales But soon her frail.
Free download ò PDF, DOC, TXT, Book or Kindle PUB free ã Jean PlaidyAgain while interesting it was unexpected For me these side stories made me impatient to get back to Katherine It Makes Me Reluctant To makes me reluctant to on with the trilogy despite the uality of the writing and my interest in the topic Ehhhhh I m honestly considering lowering my rating to 25 because this book was really not that great I just don t think that in years to come I will remember actually reading this book because the vents are already fading from my mind I only remember the plot because of the fact that I know what happened historically Andthat t great I ve read a lot better And although isn t my favourite part of the Tudor The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, era to read aboutI know that this book can t use that as anxcuse In that case I think this is going to be a pretty short review One of A most xcellent way to learn a bit about the history of the British monarchy Thank goodness for Plaidy doing all the research and then putting it in an asy to read and understand form for the rest of us Read it on the heels of To Hold the Crown so some seemed a bit redundant but I guess history doesn t change ven if the title of a novel does Review Possibly the best novel I ve ver read on Katherine of Aragon particularly on her The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl early life before her marriage to Henry VIII I loved the focus on her domestic situation and relations with her ladies and the various Spanish ambassadors It s a clever mix of politics and domestic matters that all intertwine together If there was anything that would get me interested in the actual history of Katherine of Aragon this would be it as thisarly period is what made her into the amazing ueen she wasGenre Historical DramaCharacters Katherine of Aragon Maria de Salinas Henry VII Henry VIII Prince Arthur Tudor Elizabeth of York Princess Mary Princess Margaret Isabella I of Castile Ferdinand II of Aragon Philip of Burgundy Juana the MadSetting London England Ludlow WalesSeries Tudor 2Recommend YesRating 1920 I have been collecting books by Jean Plaidy for years Jean Plaidy was a pseudonym used by author Eleanor Hibbert Hibbert also wrote under the name Victoria Holt and Philippa Carr plus several others Each genre she wrote in was under a different name I can totally understand She wanted her historical fiction separate from her gothic romance Exile and Pilgrim etcJean Plaidy books flesh out periodsevents in history Hibbert takes historical fact and brings in the detailsconversations thoughts drama politics and intrigue plus the humanity of thevents Plaidy books are NOT historical romance but historical fiction There is a difference Plaidy brings life to historical ventsnot ripped bodices and naked royalty For those types of stories there are many many other authors to choose from Not bashing historical romancejust stating that Plaidy books do not involve jauntily naked Tudors or heaving bosoms Well there might be a few heaving bosoms but they are never the crux of the story If you want to hear about Henry VIII s manly bits and details of what he
with said bits Plaidy is not right choice If you want a fictional idea of what Henry VIII said to Katharine of Aragon on their wedding day or his five other subseuent wedding days then Plaidy is a good choice I started collecting Plaidy books there are 77 of them about 10 years ago At the time some were out of print and a bit hard to find Several have been re released since then I love books and I m a completist I want the ntire series on my shelf before I start to read That can get a bit difficult when dealing with out of print books So in 10 years of collecting Plaidy novels I only read one trilogy by her the Norman trilogy and the other multitude of books I own by her sat neglected on my shelves Finally this year I told myself that it s ridiculous to have a collection of books for so longand never read any of them I sorted my books and filled in a couple gaps so I could start readingand found library copies or digital Hannah Montana: The Movie edition copies to fill in other. Husband was dead and a fateful uestion loomed Was the marriage consummated or was the young widow still a virgin On that delicate point hinged Katharine's and England's future Meanwhile waiting in the wings was her willful handsome brot.Did With Said Bits Plaidy Is Not