In this new full-length biography of Katherine Howard, Henry VIII's fifth wife, Conor Byrne reconsiders Katherine’s brief reign and the circumstances of her life, striping away the complex layers of myths and misconceptions to reveal a credible portrait of this tragic queen.By reinterpreting her life in the context of cultural customs and expectations surrounding sexuality, fertility and family ho...
Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: MadeGlobal Publishing (August 14, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
Amazon Rank: 1155750
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The book is well written and has an interesting point of view, but i didn't find it very convincing. In many ways, it seems as though the author formulated his conclusion and then looked at the facts. For example, without any evidence, the author ass...
exposes the limitations of conceptualising Katherine as either ‘whore’ or ‘victim’. His more rounded view of the circumstances in which she found herself and the expectations of her society allows the historical Katherine to emerge.Katherine has long been condemned by historians for being a promiscuous and frivolous consort who partied away her days and revelled in male attention, but Byrne's reassessment conveys the mature and thoughtful ways in which Katherine approached her queenship. It was a tragedy that her life was controlled by predators seeking to advance themselves at her expense, whatever the cost.