Queen's Gambit

Queen s Gambit 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 However obliged to return to court she attracts

  • Title: Queen's Gambit
  • Author: Elizabeth Fremantle
  • ISBN: 9781476703060
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 However, obliged to return to court, she attracts the attentions of the ailing, egotistical, and dangerously powerful Henry VIII, who dispatches his love rival, Seymour, to the Continent No one is in a position to refuse aWidowed 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 However, obliged to return to court, she attracts the attentions of the ailing, egotistical, and dangerously powerful Henry VIII, who dispatches his love rival, Seymour, to the Continent 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 become his sixth queen Katherine has to employ all her instincts to navigate the treachery of the court, drawing a tight circle of women around her, including her stepdaughter, Meg, traumatized by events from their past that are shrouded in secrecy, and their loyal servant Dot, who knows and sees than she understands With the Catholic faction on the rise once , reformers being burned for heresy, and those close to the king vying for position, Katherine s survival seems unlikely Yet as she treads the razor s edge of court intrigue, she never quite gives up on love.

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    1. Elizabeth Fremantle

      As a child I was the one in the corner with my nose in a book who wanted to be a writer, but with the onset of a turbulent adolescence I left school, under a cloud, aged fifteen with nothing than a fistful of O Levels and a hapless sense that things would somehow work themselves out Eventually, after working in various dodgy dives I ve served grey scrambled eggs to squaddies at 5.30am I ve served vintage champagne to raucous hoorays I ve pulled pints for all and sundry I managed to find myself, much in the way Forrest Gump always landed on his feet, working as a dogsbody on a fashion magazine Over a decade, I worked for titles such as Vogue, Elle and The Sunday Times and contributed to many others Marriage took me to Paris, a stint at French Vogue and the birth of my two gorgeous children but divorce saw me back home in London where I have happily remained Fuelled by frustration with a fashion world that does no favours to women, I decided to complete my truncated education as a mature student which led, in a long and roundabout way with many frustrating impasses, to my fulfilling that childhood dream to become a novelist Elizabeth has a first in English and an MA in creative writing from Birkbeck, University of London She has contributed to various publications including The Sunday Times, Vogue, Vanity Fair, The Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal She also reviews fiction for The Sunday Express.

    298 thoughts on “Queen's Gambit”

    1. Giveaway opportunity: flashlightcommentary.Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.Of all Henry VIII's wives, Katherine Parr is my favorite. I don't know what it is about the history, but I've always felt that she, more than any of her predecessors, understood she was little more than a pawn put suddenly into play. That regardless of rank, life in the Tudor court was a game of chess and that you must be ever on your guard.Elizabeth Fremantle seems to have been equally intrigued by t [...]

    2. Each of Henry VIII’s wives had a personal fate to be remembered by. Katherine Parr is remembered as the matronly one who took care of Henry and attempted to further the Reformist cause (a portrayal which isn’t entirely correct) and then married the rogue Thomas Seymour. Elizabeth Femantle tells Katherine’s version of events in “Queen’s Gambit”.“Queen’s Gambit” instantly opens with historical fluff and inaccuracies which sets the tone of a historical recreation novel versus an e [...]

    3. I found this novel to be a bit of a mixed bag, with parts that I genuinely enjoyed, but other parts I found bewildering or irritating. Overall I have to say I thought it was well-written. Competent use of language, smooth, flowing text… In fact the one tiny annoyance was “Sister Anne”. I immediately grasped that Fremantle did this to make sure Katherine’s sister was distinct from all the other Annes running around – Anne Stanhope, Anne Basset, and the occasionally referenced Anne Boley [...]

    4. This historical wannabe occupied space on my "Started But Had to Abandon" pile for over a year. It occurred to me that I either needed to finish it or kick it to the curb. So I skimmed the last two-thirds and deleted its way overpriced self from my Kindle.Another glaring example of one of the so-called Big 5 publishers churning out dreck because some "editor" thought it would cash in on whatever the current historical craze might be, regardless of its quality, accuracy, or anything else discerni [...]

    5. My partner has a first in English Lit, my degrees are all in veterinary medicine and I am constantly grateful for the fact that nobody tried to teach me to read. By an large, this means that we have very different tastes in books although inevitably we're overlapping more as the years progress. Once in a while, a book comes along that I know she's going to love: some of them are entirely not her kind of thing - she spent an entire evening asking me why I'd pressed Tim Griggs' book Redemption Blu [...]

    6. I was looking so forward to reading this book but alas, it turned out to be a big disappointment, especially after reading so many great reviews about it too.With book in hand I had retired for the evening, snuggling up in bed, anticipating a little time travel back to the Tudor era and the court of King Henry the 8th. Nothing better than playing Renaissance instrumental music in the background to help achieve this goal either so I was prepared to enter the world of Queen Katherine Parr - take m [...]

    7. ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think I should know better at this point in my reading life. As a novel junkie and an admitted glutton for all things English history related it is a given that I know certain stories pretty well at this point. Hell, the stories of the tragedy and scandal ridden lives of the wives of Henry VIII have now been recounted so many damn times by so many people that if you've got even a passing interest in the Tudors (or Showtime) you probably know at least the gist of ev [...]

    8. This novel is an exceptional debut that introduces the reader to a Katherine Parr who is more than others have written her to be. She is a pious nurse to older husbands, but that is far from all there is to Queen Katherine. Fremantle has created a multi-dimensional character and bravely filled in historical gaps to create a gripping story.I especially enjoyed the development of Katherine's faith as a reformer. It is easy for us, with almost 500 years of separation, to categorize historical figur [...]

    9. This stunning historical masterpiece captures the fervent intensity and passion of the Tudors with such remarkable effortless ease. The dazzlingly dangerous Tudor court is brought to life with such acute detail as only a painter would capture in this vividly evocative, exquisite debut novel. Stripping back and shedding new light on Katherine Parr; Henry VIII sixth and last wife, this enthralling tale of passion, loyalty and betrayal is truly astonishing as to amaze. The combination of rich perio [...]

    10. This treat for historical fiction fans has just come out in the UK and comes out on 11th June in the US. It is the debut novel from Fashion editor Elizabeth Fremantle and Fremantle is definitely one to watch as the book is a wonderful read.The novel follows the story of Katherine Parr, Henry VIII's sixth and final wife, from 1543, when she is nursing her dying second husband, to her death in September 1548. It is a novel covering just five years, but it was an action packed five years in Katheri [...]

    11. My rating: 3 of 5 starsA copy of Queen's Gambit was provided to me by Simon & Schuster/Edelweiss for review purposes.'One day, hundreds of years from now, people will tell stories about the court of King Henry and the romance of it all - the Eighth King Henry and his Six Wives. But will they tell of the terror that came with it, she wonders, or will it be made to seem a golden age?'Queen's Gambit opens with the eminent death of Katherine Parr's second husband, John Neville, Lord Latimer. Whi [...]

    12. This wasn't a bad début novel by any means and it seems that lots of people really enjoyed it. I didn't dislike it, I actually found it a pleasant read, but it was also fairly undemanding. You might want that from a book sometimes or you may want something a bit more challenging. It may be that there are so many historical novels out there and of these ones about the Tudors top the leaderboard by a mile, so for me, a Tudor historical novel needs to really outstandingly good to make it stand out [...]

    13. This was a Tudor period novel that irritated me mightily. This time the queen is Katherine Parr, Henry VIII's sixth wife, and the one who survived him. We first meet Katherine as she arrives in London, with devoted servant Dot and stepdaughter Meg Latymer in tow. She rejoins the royal court as one of Lady Mary's ladies, and gains the attentions of King Henry VIII. There's another suitor waiting, Thomas Seymour, and the story is filled with much to-ing and fro-ing and plenty of anachronisms -- Ke [...]

    14. Giveaway @Let Them Read Books! Ends Sept. 22, 2013.After finishing Elizabeth Fremantle's debut novel, Queen's Gambit, I'm feeling quite sad, as I always do after reading about Katherine Parr. She is my favorite of Henry's queens, and not just because she's the one who got away, but because she was such a grand lady, so smart, so poised, and so tragic. I go into each novel knowing how it's going to end, but I still get swept away, much as Katherine does; I still hope for that happy ending, and th [...]

    15. This story of a queen -- Henry VIII's last wife -- had me from page one, in which we experience the death of Katherine Parr's second husband from his point of view. It's remarkable to be invited into a book through the eyes of a dying man. After that we move among characters gracefully, each perspective true and engaging, with most weight given to the queen herself and her maid. We see the two women grow into their interconnected realms of power -- for the maid, the queen's household, for the qu [...]

    16. At last ! An novel about one of the least well known, but most fascinating of Henry VIII's Queens; Katherine Parr. Elizabeth Fremantle has finally done justice to this most enigmatic, free thinking, spirited Queen. Reading this book was a thoroughly satisfying, extremely entertaining read, that I was loathe to put down and sorry when it ended!The book goes far beyond the usual fare that tell the story Katherine Parr's life. Generally we know her only as the last wife of the saint/monster King, H [...]

    17. Queen’s Gambit gives the reader a very in depth look at Henry VIII’s last queen, Katherine Parr. So much controversy is associated with the other wives that Queen Katherine’s more reticent personality sometimes gets glossed over as being of less significance. Queen’s Gambit shows that Katherine Parr had a quiet power and dignity that not only outlived 3 husbands and a tragic past but could withstand even the changeable moods of this dangerous king as well as navigate a court filled with [...]

    18. I have read and enjoyed Philippa Gregory's Tudor series of novels so I was keenly anticipating this debut novel by Elizabeth Fremantle which focuses on Henry VIII's sixth and last wife, Katherine Parr. My knowledge of Katherine was rather limited given that other queens especially Anne Boleyn tend to hog the Tudor stage! This is an impressive debut novel with assured, confident writing. We see the many aspects of Katherine's character – she was so much more than a nursemaid to the ailing king [...]

    19. 3.5 I keep telling myself that I have read more than enough books about Henry VIIIth and his wives. Than I see this one about Katherine Parr, who is not written about as much as some of the other wives, and I had to read it. The author does a great job with the description of the time and the places, the court intrigue and the phoniness of the same, and I loved that she started the book when Katherine's second husband was dying. It provided a little more background on her instead of just startin [...]

    20. I recieved this through a giveaway through penguin and im glad I was lucky that I got it! I enjoyed it from start to finish. I am a great lover of historical fiction. Katherine Parr, the sixth and final wife of Henry VIII is probably one of the lesser known or documented wives. In ‘Queen’s Gambit’ Elizabeth Fremantle tells the story of Katherine’s life, from the death of her second husband Lord Latymer, her marriage to her third, Henry, then to her fourth and final spouse, Thomas Seymour [...]

    21. New historical fiction writer , Elizabeth Fremantle has written a novel to equal any of Phillipa Gregory's.If you love either Ms Gregory, as I do or the Tudor period this book is a must. She now has two other novels out, one of which iv just started and the other on my rather large TBR pile! Very exciting to have a new talented author who writes beautifully of the period , so many historical fiction books fall into the romance section which we all know that period of history is far from romantic [...]

    22. I could not put this book down. I'ver read many novels about the wives of Henry the Eighth, and this was the best of all. Fremantle absolutely inhabited the mind and emotions of Katherine Parr, who escaped with her life (although not for long). Although she is a journalist, this was Fremantle' s first novel and it is a winner.

    23. When the book started with Katherine's dying husband remembering his wife having a miscarriage from a potential rape, I lost interest. I triedI skimmedimmed some more.hratch.

    24. DNF at 46%All this book is, is smut with historical figures attached to it. The only saving grace is that it's slightly well written.The last line I read was what made me decide to stop reading.The very hardness of it [his penis] made her lose her breath when she thought of where it was supposed to end up."Unlace me," he breathed.It burst out, as if it had a mind of its own, and swelled beneath her fingers -- too much, she thoughtEw?That was my final straw, as I'm not a romance/erotica reader fo [...]

    25. I won a copy of this book through but all thoughts on the book are my own opinion based on reading it.Katherine Parr comes to Court as a widow and is surprised to fall for the charms of the notorious player Thomas Seymour, who seems to return her feelings. Finally, Katherine has the chance to be with a man for love not duty-until King Henry VIII decides that he wants to have Katherine as his sixth wife, and saying no is not an option. Katherine is heartbroken but faces her destiny with dignity. [...]

    26. I know a moderate amount about Henry VIII and the Tudor period in general (thanks, Showtime!), so I was really excited when I got an ARC of Queen's Gambit. Most people know the saying that goes along with his six wives, "divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived," and this is the story of the one who survived.Katherine Parr is depicted as a smart and kind woman with a survivalist instinct. Despite her love for another man, she agrees to marry the aging king, fully aware of the fate [...]

    27. If I would have known Elizabeth Freemantle's next book is not available until July, I may not have sped my way through this book as fast as I did. Ms. Freemantle succeeded in completely immersing me in Tudor England in a way I have never experienced. The manner in which her characters were written is nothing short of brilliant. Katherine Parr is one of Henry VIII's lesser known queens. Most people know her as the one who survived. There is so much more to Katherine Parr than just survival, altho [...]

    28. We all know the story of Henry VIII and his six wives, but not many authors focus on Henry's last wife, Katherine Parr. Katherine Parr finds herself newly widowed, in her thirties, with no interest in being queen, that is until Henry sets his sight on her. She is actually in love with Thomas Seymour, a well-known courtier, but her affair is cut short due to Henry's interest in her. Before she knows it, she finds herself as Henry's queen and caring for him while also trying to navigate through hi [...]

    29. Five wives have come and gone, and now the young widow Katharine Parr has been tapped to become the sixth wife of Henry VIII. Not only does she have to worry about the king becoming angry or disinterested, but she has a couple of secrets from him. Before his proposal, she became entangled in a romantic relationship with Thomas Seymour, brother of Jane, the third wife of the king. She must keep her love for Thomas from the king's eyes, or face certain execution. Meanwhile, England is in the middl [...]

    30. The Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle tells the story of Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth and final wife. For several reasons, she is an unlikely choice of bride. Unlike Henry’s other wives, Katherine is no unmarried girl when they wed. Henry is actually her third husband! In addition, Katherine is not young; when she marries the king, she is thirty-one (considered middle-aged in the 1540s). Her age makes her a surprising choice for a man who is desperate to sire more sons to secure [...]

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