Author(s): Candace Fleming
He was King Henry VIII, a charismatic and extravagant ruler obsessed with both his power as king and with siring a male heir. They were his queens - six ill-fated women, each bound for divorce, or beheading, or death. Watch spellbound as each of Henry's wives attempts to survive their un-predictable king and his power-hungry court. See the sword flash as fiery Anne Boleyn is beheaded for adultery. Follow Jane Seymour as she rises from bullied court maiden to beloved queen, only to die after giving birth. Feel Catherine Howard's terror as old lovers resurface and whisper vicious rumors to Henry's influential advisors. Experience the heartache of mothers as they lose son after son, heir after heir. Told in stirring first-person accounts, Fatal Throne is at once provocative and heartbreaking, an epic tale that is also an intimate look at the royalty of the most perilous times in English history.
What excellent historical fiction!
If you've ever wondered what life (and death) was like for each of King Henry VIII's wives, look no further. They each speak to us through the pages of this book and tell us vividly what life was like in the court of the time, and what went on for them personally. Of course, written history is told by the winners and survivors, so the authors here have had to imagine what these women thought and felt, but they all seem highly credible.
Each wife is written by a different author, which gives each voice its own uniqueness - what a brilliant idea. I was totally engaged from cover to cover and would be most intrigued to read other books produced in a similar manner.
Kathleen, @ Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop, 2018.