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A riveting new biography of a much neglected Queen - the doomed child-bride of Henry VIII. Joanna Denny, author of Anne Boleyn, reveals another sensational episode in Tudor history - illuminating the true character of Katherine Howard, the young girl caught up in a maelstrom of ambition and conspiracy which led to her execution for high treason while still only seventeen yA riveting new biography of a much neglected Queen - the doomed child-bride of Henry VIII. Joanna Denny, author of Anne Boleyn, reveals another sensational episode in Tudor history - illuminating the true character of Katherine Howard, the young girl caught up in a maelstrom of ambition and conspiracy which led to her execution for high treason while still only seventeen years old. Who was Katherine, the beautiful young aristocrat who became a bait to catch a king? Was she simply nave and innocent, a victim of her grasping family's scheming? Or was she brazen and abandoned, recklessly indulging in dissolute games with lovers in contempt of her royal position? Joanna Denny's enthralling new book once again plunges the reader into the heart of the ruthless intrigues of the Tudor court - and gives a sympathetic and poignant portrait of a girl tragically trapped and betrayed by her own family....

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ISBN : 9780749951207
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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Katherine Howard Reviews

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-03 22:46

    I was highly disappointed with this book.While accurate historical information is certainly difficult to find on Katharine Howard, I felt that the author spent much of her time filling this book with "fluff" in order to make it long enough to publish. While interesting, it didn't clearly relate to Katharine and her life.Most annoying about this book was the very weak argument made by the author that Katherine was 15 or 16 when she married King Henry VIII, rather than the historically accepted age of 19-21. While Katherine's date of birth has not been able to be pinpointed, most reputable scholars agree that she was in her late teens to early twenties when she was executed on the orders of her husband, the king. Denny's argument that Katherine was actually 15 or 16 is not supported by historical fact. While I certainly agree that Katherine was a victim of her family's political ambitions, I do not believe the authors assertion that Katherine was also a sexually abused young girl. I believe that Katherine was a woman of her time. Women were married and bore children at a much earlier age than what is accepted by todays standards. To paint her as a victim in that sense, at Henry as little more than a sexual predator chasing after young girls barely out of puberty, is ridiculous.Poorly written, and poorly researched. I do not recommend this book to anyone with a serious interest in Tudor history.

  • Christina Sesok
    2019-03-21 21:55

    I bought this book for research, and I found that I simply cannot take it seriously. Denny's name had come up in another book I was reading for research, so I knew that I had to be careful while reading it. I found that I couldn't continue using it for research, as I would simply have to go back and fact check everything, which would consume even more of my time.Denny alleges that Kathryn was a mere child when she began her relationship with Henry Mannox and Francis Dereham. She is the only person to believe this theory, and she doesn't even acknowledge that most historians believe that Kathryn was older.I also found that Denny got off track fairly easily. While some of the information is interesting, it is not even related to Kathryn Howard or her family. If you do read this book, please take this information with a grain of salt, as it is full of theories and doesn't even mention that most historians have different beliefs on Kathryn's upbringing, namely her age.

  • C.S. Burrough
    2019-04-02 19:46

    Joanna Denny has brought dynamism to this erstwhile two dimensionally portrayed girl, who earlier biographers (with no more cited evidence than Denny uses here) wrote off as a juvenile delinquent, a whore, etc. Denny offers a more balanced, wider range of possibilities around Katherine's level of guilt or innocence than earlier writers took the trouble to flesh out.I contest arguments that this book is best suited for beginners to the period. Beginners do not turn to detailed accounts of this fleeting young queen. They aim to see the outline of Henry's reign, the shape of his dynasty's epoch - in which, contextually, Katherine Howard was barely relevant. We can only speculate on whether much would have unfolded differently had she survived the axe.This is a book for those with the Tudors generally mastered but seeking deeper explanations lacking in the works of antiquated savants who grew academically lazy after enjoying higher acclaim from their fraternity than Denny so far has. She has dared offer diversion from the stiff consensus and been castigated accordingly for it. Denny has been made an easy whipping post for the unsubstantiated latter day academic snobbery of a handful of textbook greenhorns.Those detractors, as they gain the wisdom of a mature readership rather than cramming in memorised indexes of names and dates, will see that all of history is drawn using some subjectivity, some opinion and some primary data. Much of it is dry, boring propaganda. Some of the most highly praised has been proven inaccurate with the passage of time, the opening of blinkered minds and the unearthing of new evidence.I finished the this greatly entertaining work feeling I'd come to better know and understand this likeable girl, who has been so denigrated over the centuries.Effective historical biography is a genre of its own, quite separate from plain academia, it strikes a fine balance between hard data and mere entertainment (if you want just data visit the archives or reference library, if you want only entertainment watch The Tudors). I found that special balance here.Thank you Joanna Denny.

  • Adriana
    2019-04-02 17:52

    A wonderful look into the life of this poor, misguided, and pretty little girl. Having lost her innocence at such a young age under the guidance of her grandmother, who could care less what the girls in her household were doing, Kitty Howard was nothing more than a pawn in her once again politically hungry "Howard" family. As her cousin before her, Anne Boleyn, Kitty was thrown at Henry VIII with hopes that her nasty Uncle Thomas Howard, the Duke of Norfolk, would rise again in the king's favor. It all goes horribly wrong when the king, who is so infatuated and besotted with her, is told that she has had many lovers prior to marrying him and that she took some of those lovers to court with her and continued to sleep with them under his very own nose. All lies, of course. She was not an innocent when he married her, however, there was never any proof that she continued any romance AFTER marrying Henry. He once again has her taken away, never to see her again, and orders that she be beheaded. Crazy bastard. This is nonfiction and well worth the educational intake!

  • chucklesthescot
    2019-04-14 18:43

    The confused record keeping of this age casts doubts on when Katherine Howard was actually born. Whether you believe she was 15, 18 or 19 when she married Henry, I think most people agree that she was young in mind and had not been trained in how to be a Queen or wife to a man like Henry. I have no trouble believing that she was used by her powerful family as their actions prior to and after death show. This family were power mad and always seemed to be plotting something. They played dangerous games trying to manipulate Henry and Katherine was a pawn. Whether she was a willing one or not is anybody's guess. I still found this to be entertaining even if I'm unsure what is fact and fiction.

  • CF
    2019-03-24 20:57

    Interesting, I would give it two and a half if I could, as I don't really think it deserves a three. Joanna Denny's account of Katherine Howard starts off as a piece of fiction, with her mother giving birth to her, and doesn't really improve drastically throughout. Referring to unknown sources and getting sidetracked with long-winded explanations of people that were barely connected with the scandal makes this book just a little bit of a disappointment. I was hoping to learn more about Katherine's life, but this book uses just a little bit more speculation then I would have liked (eg; 'Katherine must have felt so surprised about this...' etc) This book had potential, but I feel it fell just a little flat of it's goal.

  • Brittany
    2019-04-05 20:43

    The author of this book was very biased and it showed greatly. Also there was a problem with her sources, she did not properly source many facts. She also made false assumptions based on very little evidence that she attempted to manipulate to her point of view. Such as the outlandish idea that Henry VIII plotted to kill Henry Fitzroy, his bastard son. Besides these problems, the book was still an interesting read, just don't believe everything the author says.

  • MBP
    2019-03-31 15:39

    Not bad, but the author doesn't have much to add to what's already known about Katherine Howard. The book did make me feel more sympathetic toward Katherine; the author points out that what happened to Katherine would be considered child sexual abuse if it happened today.LikeJane Boleyn, this would be a good choice for someone unfamiliar with Tudor history. Anyone who knows a bit about the period will probably be bored.

  • Krista
    2019-03-29 21:36

    A little more biased against the Howard family to be considered non-fiction in my opinion, but other than the editorializing of the cause of Henry Fitzroy's death and Thomas Cromwell's conspiracy against Anne Boleyn (which takes up more of the beginning of the book than necessary), it was interesting to read more about the background of Katherine Howard.

  • Rai
    2019-04-12 16:54

    Terribly written, too many debatable things presented as fact and Katherine Howard is barely mentioned in the first four chapters, it instead being an account of her entire family. A lot of the book seems like Denny found out interesting facts about the time period and just shoved them into the book with no link at all to the book's subject matter. Couldn't finish.

  • Charlotte Bird
    2019-03-30 15:41

    a little repetetive, but i blame the editor. a compationate and sympathetic view of kathryn howard, and very enjoyable. it was refreshing to read something other than 'what a whore!'. it made no excuses for what she did, only tried to explain them.

  • Angela Joyce
    2019-03-27 19:05

    A compassionate book with a few moments of surprising and very welcome wit. What a sad story! And how terrifying at the end-- her ghost is reported to have been quite active over the years. Yikes!

  • Gabrielle Blin
    2019-04-17 16:38

    I was highly disappointed and I seriously learned nothing with this book

  • Marcia
    2019-04-10 16:53

    If I could have finished it I might have rated it higher but it wasn't worth finishing...for me.

  • Nicci
    2019-03-28 20:47

    Also a good book, not as easy to read as Joanna Denny Anne Boleyn book but still a good read.

  • Linda
    2019-04-13 22:39

    Very disappointed in this book. I was expecting a well-researched historical account of Katherine Howard but it was more of a historical fiction novel on the Tudor history.

  • Trish
    2019-04-04 21:04

    Easy read and well researched. For easily accessible history, Denny is highly recommended.

  • Mrs. Scott
    2019-04-09 22:41

    The author tells Katherine Howard's story in an engaging way, although her bias against the Tudors and the Catholic Church is evident. Tudor fans should enjoy it.