Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Library Lovers: BOTD #16

I am still sick, so Amazon will do that intereppting for me, but I do have to say I just discovered that Carolyn Meyer has written more Young Royal books, and I may be 21, but I uber excited to read them! I felt this book could have had a little more to it, but overall I liked it, cause what we here mostly of Catherine of Aragon is of when she was forced off her throne by the King and Anne Boleynn and how she died alone on a small estate, still refering to herself as Queen, but this is the 1st time, we hear of how she got to the thrown and being King Henry VIII's wife.

And from help of Amazon..
"Meyer gives voice to Catherine of Aragon as she recounts the story of her betrothals and marriages. The political and economic gains and machinations upon which these unions were based are clearly chronicled in this carefully researched offering. Catherine's dramatic narrative begins as she embarks, at the age of 15, on the arduous journey from Spain to England to become the wife of Prince Arthur, a match made for her when she was only three. She tells of her life in England, moving from the enviable position of a future queen to that of a young girl far from home who is beholden to the generosity of the king of England. After six months of an unconsummated marriage, Catherine is widowed. Diplomatic negotiations rule her life as she is betrothed to his younger brother, the future King Henry VIII, but the path to that marriage is strewn with international agreements that are made and revoked. Once Prince Henry becomes king, he marries Catherine and this union lasts some 24 years until he turns to Ann Boleyn. Through it all, Catherine is a pawn. Meyer seamlessly provides details about customs and beliefs in bringing history to life. Her Catherine develops from a callow young girl into a woman who fights for her rights as much as the times permitted. As in Mary, Bloody Mary (Harcourt, 1999), the author's rich prose style draws readers in as her skill at characterization creates a protagonist who evokes compassion"

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