The Queen's Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle is an excellent companion read to Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall series. Written in the voice of Katherine Parr this novel is well constructed and convincing in tone - (of a 16thc aristocratic, educated woman). More than that, Katherine (who is a fascinating woman) is a well researched, deftly drawn character as are the other historic personages in the story. The Queen's Gambit is about the complexity of politics and marriage, we won't even speak of love in the terrifying last years of Henry the Eighth. — Maeve Noonan
"Smart, sensual and suspenseful as a thriller, Queen's Gambit
is a must-read for Philippa Gregory fans--and heralds a brilliant new player in the court of royal fiction" (People
Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived: This is the story of the one who survived.
Widowed for the second time at age thirty-one Katherine Parr falls deeply for the dashing courtier Thomas Seymour and hopes at last to marry for love. Instead, she attracts the amorous attentions of the ailing, egotistical, and dangerously powerful Henry VIII. No one is in a position to refuse a royal proposal so, haunted by the fates of his previous wives--two executions, two annulments, one death in childbirth--Katherine must wed Henry and rely on her wits and the help of her loyal servant Dot to survive the treacherous pitfalls of life as Henry's queen. Yet as she treads the razor's edge of court intrigue, she never quite gives up on love.