Sunday, September 13, 2009
The Kings Pleasure by Nora Lofts
The next book on my list is The Kings Pleasure by Nora Lofts. It is about Katherine of Aragon, King Henry VIII's first wife. Katherine is the daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain. This version of Katherine reveals how life in these times were very political. Katherine was betrothed to King Henry VII and Queen Eleanor's first son Prince Arthur. Arthur was a sickly person and when King Henry VII died Arthur was crowned King of England. Arthur and Katherine were married but the marriage was not consummated. After Arthur died it was decided that Katherine should marry Henry VIII. He was 18 and she was 23. Katherine suffered frequent miscarriages and finally was able to carry a child, Princess Mary but it was not the sone that Henry wanted desperately. So after nearly 20 years of marriage he asked Katherine for a divorce of which she would not agree to. So he repudiated their marriage, submitted Katherine to the humiliation of a trial and banished her from his life and did obtain the divorce so he could marry Anne Boleyn. It is this obsession that will lead Henry to his destruction and the humiliation of Katharine, the woman he once would have done anything to protect, forever changing the face of English history and religion.
This book is a 1969 reprint but it reads as if it was recently written. If you are interested in this period of history this is a great book.
Interested Nora Lofts?? go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norah_Lofts