The Unfaithful Queen by Carolly Erickson
A Novel of Henry VIII's Fifth Wife

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From New York Times bestselling author of The Last Wife of Henry VIII, a novel about Catherine Howard, wife of Henry's later years Amid the turbulent, faction-ridden late reign of the fearsome Henry, eager high-spirited Catherine Howard caught the king's eye—but not before she had been the sensual plaything of at least three other men.  Ignorant of her past, seeing only her youthful exuberance and believing that she could make him happy, he married her—only to discover, too late, that her heart belonged to his gentleman usher Tom Culpeper.        
As the net of court intrigue tightens around her, and with the Tudor succession yet again in peril because of Prince Edward's severe illness, Queen Catherine struggles to give the angry, bloated and impotent king a son. But when her relations turn against her, she finds herself doomed, just as her cousin Anne Boleyn was, to face the executioner.
The Unfaithful Queen lays bare the dark underbelly of the Tudor court, with its sugared rivalries and bitter struggles for power, where a girl of noble family could find herself sent to labor among the turnspits in the kitchens or—should fortune favor her—be exalted to the throne.  

About Carolly Erickson

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New York Times bestselling author CAROLLY ERICKSON has written twenty-eight critically acclaimed, prize-winning biographies, histories, and a recent series of fictional historical entertainments. Her range is wide, her audience worldwide. She lives in Washington and Hawaii.
Published September 18, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 320 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Young Catherine Howard was doomed from the start when she became the fifth wife and queen to the ill-tempered King Henry VIII.

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In taking her readers through all the various preliminary items in Catherine’s sorry story – her manipulations at the hands of her scheming, power-hungry uncle, Thomas Howard, the Earl of Norfolk (and her run-ins with Norfolk’s horrifying mother), her … well, let’s use the word “dalliances” with ...

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