Queen's Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle

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...Fremantle generally sticks closely to her sources and makes a workmanlike job of building suspense towards Katherine's gravest ordeal...
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“Smart, sensual and suspenseful as a thriller, Queen’s Gambit is a must-read for Philippa Gregory fans—and heralds a brilliant new player in the court of royal fiction” (People).

Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived: This is the story of the one who survived.

Widowed for the second time at age thirty-one Katherine Parr falls deeply for the dashing courtier Thomas Seymour and hopes at last to marry for love. Instead, she attracts the amorous attentions of the ailing, egotistical, and dangerously powerful Henry VIII. No one is in a position to refuse a royal proposal so, haunted by the fates of his previous wives—two executions, two annulments, one death in childbirth—Katherine must wed Henry and rely on her wits and the help of her loyal servant Dot to survive the treacherous pitfalls of life as Henry’s queen. Yet as she treads the razor’s edge of court intrigue, she never quite gives up on love.
 

About Elizabeth Fremantle

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Elizabeth Fremantle has contributed to Vogue, Elle, Vanity Fair and The Sunday Times among other publications. She lives in London, England.
 
Published August 6, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 492 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on May 30 2013

With not much plot to drive her narrative, Fremantle’s emphasis is on intrigue, character portraits and the texture of mid-16th-century life. Solid and sympathetic.

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Good
Reviewed by Stevie Davies on Apr 05 2013

...Fremantle generally sticks closely to her sources and makes a workmanlike job of building suspense towards Katherine's gravest ordeal...

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