Katherine Howard by Josephine Wilkinson March 16, 2016 – Posted in: Review

Contributed by Emily Nixon, Kay’s Mother in law

Due in store 12 April 2016

Katherine Howard is an amazing story. Having previously read lots of books on the Tudors, Howard has always seemed trivialised. Hers was a sad, short reign, and this book is a whole new concept of the lady. Beautifully written, this is an in-depth look. After serving the reigning Queen Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII’s fourth Queen, Katherine was noticed by Henry­; when he divorced Anne he took a deep interest in Katherine, then fifteen years old, and married her. He was forty-eight.

The book expands to her reign and eventual downfall. She is shown to be a victim of ambition and intrigue. Never before have I come across such an eye-opening book on her life. I was captivated by her story and will keep this to read again in the future. Historically, it is a sweeping look at life in general at the time, with many interesting facts about places involved (like my home town of St Albans). For readers who love a true story, and a look at the time it was set in, this is the best I’ve ever read. A book to keep and revisit.