The Taming of the Queen
Kateryn (aka Catherine) Parr was newly widowed and in love with Thomas Seymour when she was summoned to court and basically commanded to marry King Henry VIII. As the Queen of England, Kateryn was responsible for King Henry’s reconciliation with Princesses Mary and Elizabeth, became Regent while the king was on a military campaign in France and published two books. A beautiful, clever and devout reformer, she used all of her wits to avoid the fates of her predecessors.
Though we all know the outcome of this story, it was fascinating to read about Kateryn’s life, her experiences and society’s norms at that time. For example, I didn’t know that Catholic mass was conducted in Latin, a language only the highly educated understood; yet the peasants were expected to attend mass and tithe. I consider a book like The Taming of the Queen the best kind of reading-enjoyable, yet educational.