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The Sixth Wife by Suzannah Dunn is available in paperback at 11 euros.
Set in Tudor times, a clever, sensible and well-liked Katherine Parr trod a knife edge of diplomacy and risk during her marriage to an ageing, cantankerous King Henry.
When he died, she was in her late 30s and love, it seemed, had passed her by until the popular Thomas Seymour began a relentless courtship that won her heart.
Katherine fell passionately in love for the first time in her life and, also for the first time, threw caution to the wind with a marriage that shocked the worldly courtiers around her. It soon becomes obvious that Thomas has ulterior motives and in his quest for power, he might betray his now pregnant wife.
A sharp and canny courtier in her own right the narrator, Katherine’s friend Cathy, is keenly aware of the political realities of life at court but as she weaves through Thomas and Kate’s story, it becomes clear that Cathy has her own tale of betrayal and regret to tell.