What happened to King Henry's wife, Katherine

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The Queen's Game

Synopsis: Katherine Paar is thirty-one years old and would never have thought that she would be a candidate for the old and slowly waning King Henry VIII. But he chooses exactly her as his sixth wife and Catherine tries to find her way into her new role. She learns better and better to hide her emotions, doesn't like the courtly flattery, but learns to live with it and she skillfully helps her husband with some government tasks. And although Katherine Parr comes to terms with the situation, her heart belongs to someone else. Nobody is allowed to know about this secret love, otherwise Katherine would flourish exactly the same fate as the other wives of Henry VIII. And on top of that there is a religious war in England and Katherine has to make sure that she always acts skillfully in this and nothing for her can be blamed ... Opinion: I think the cover is okay. It doesn't knock me off my feet, but I don't find it completely terrible either. It may be a bit gloomy, but the Middle Ages are not the most brilliant times either and therefore it fits quite well. In addition, there are some details that clearly loosen up the whole picture. Both the gorgeous hood of the lady and the golden lettering are eye-catchers and bring bright accents into the picture. I'm never really a fan of people on the cover looking at the viewer so directly. That’s the case here too, but this time I’m not bothered too much, somehow the woman portrays Katherine Parr for me and I had a picture of the main protagonist in front of my eyes. At the beginning of last year, I had read a novel by Elizabeth Fremantle for the first time, which unfortunately didn't convince me that much. And then I saw this new release on Instagram and the book immediately sounded interesting to me. I have heard a few episodes about Henry VIII and his numerous wives and read a few books about him. I particularly remember “The Twelfth Night” by Charlotte Lyne, a very excellent book that I would like to read again soon. In this novel, Katherine Paar is in the foreground and the book is about her marriage to the English king. I was really happy to receive the book from the blogger portal for review purposes and would like to take this opportunity to thank you very much again. I made progress with reading fluently and easily, which was not only due to the interesting plot, but also to the very pleasant way of writing. I was able to imagine many situations exactly and had insights into the Middle Ages that were completely new to me. In addition, a fairly simple, not too complicated language was used that was easy to understand. Technical terms are rarely used, which is why the book is also suitable for laypeople or people who slowly dare to read historical novels. To help, there is a list of people at the end of the novel, where you can look up which person is who if necessary. I rarely used that, and I was often able to tell the protagonists well apart. Every now and then I would look inside because some people have similar / same names and that was a bit confusing at times. There is also a timeline at the end of the novel in which the most important events in English history over the past 40 years are named. So you can review a lot and the book is rounded off, years of birth are mentioned and you get an overview of when Heinrich was married to which lady and what the political situation was like. At the beginning of new chapters there is always an indication of the month and year in which the following events take place. The place of action is also mentioned, which is very helpful. After all, the royal court is often on the move and so you get a small impression of how often the court station travels and the environment changes. Perhaps a small map would have been nice so that one can better understand which paths are covered, but that is not necessarily a point of criticism, it would have been just a nice addition. In any case, it was always possible to see exactly how much time has passed since the beginning of the plot, how many years Heinrich and Katherine have been married or how many years they have aged. So you always have a good overview of the time and can locate the developments in politics and the question of faith and assess setbacks, but also progress. The extensive research work of the author becomes clear on the basis of various details. Be it on the basis of political discussions, schemes that are forged behind the backs of other people or through small details such as the question of clothing and diet. There are many different aspects that show how much work is behind the work and prove that Elizabeth Fremantle knows exactly about the time she describes. And so the novel takes on a lot of truth and I couldn't help but trust the author completely. I have never doubted statements or facts, everything was put into a meaningful context and had hand and foot. There is absolutely nothing to complain about on this point, the author has succeeded in reviving the bygone Middle Ages and portraying it vividly and vividly for the reader. Various castles and palaces serve as the setting, some of which also exude different moods. So you can understand more clearly if Katherine and her farmstead do not feel comfortable in some buildings and would rather stay somewhere else. These negative and cool impressions can be recognized with every word and give me a bad feeling too. Of course, the opposite is also the case, if some places are described in a friendly and inviting way, I would love to see them with my own eyes. But I find that these positive feelings rarely come along and that there is usually a cool and repulsive mood. I find that the buildings are sometimes described more, sometimes less vividly, with some of them I had a picture right in front of my eyes and could imagine many rooms. Others were rather weak and very lightly drawn, so that one can only imagine the castle very easily, if at all. This creates a mixture, the setting does not take up too much or too little space and the castles where Katherine and her farmstead stay for a longer period of time are usually more heavily drawn and therefore easier to imagine. I think that the balance has been found well on this point and that a balanced relationship is created. The setting does not determine the novel and always comes up with new details. Moods are only partially transmitted to the reader on the basis of the setting. Otherwise this happens very rarely and is not as strong as I know from other books. So it was often very difficult for me to bond with the protagonists. In addition, they lacked a touch of liveliness, they were just historical figures that didn't touch me. I enjoyed reading their story and found it interesting too, but they didn't get me carried away in any way. I didn't cheer for them, feel happy or sad with them. It's a shame, I would have liked a few more atmospheric scenes and would have catapulted the novel and the characters more into the 21st century, giving them liveliness and authenticity. Of course, people back then often maintained a facade and only let their emotions run free in a quiet little room, but even in those moments I was at a distance from them. The story was not always full of suspenseful scenes; there were always sections that had a quieter undertone. This creates a pleasant change and gives you an insight into the normal life of the queen and her court state. I found it particularly interesting how tension was built up in part through looks and the plot thus got a new twist. Often I didn't expect it at all and was completely surprised. In addition, the plot was never predictable and although I knew roughly how the story and life of Henry VIII and his sixth wife would go on, I could not remember every detail. The closer the story gets to the end, the calmer the story becomes for me. Exciting scenes are few and far between and you can tell that the book is slowly coming to an end. I like this degree, it fits the life of Katherine Parr, who now leads a much quieter and more secluded life than when she was the wife of Henry VIII. I think the ending goes well with the book. It brings the story to a close and answers all open questions. You can find out from this, but also from the list of people at the end, what fate is up to with some of the protagonists and there is also a small glimpse into the future. A large number of the people who appear are historically vouched for. Only very few protagonists appear who are invented and are not based on any historical template. This naturally creates a strong image of society and I always had the feeling that the events could actually have played out that way. Elizabeth Fremantle's extensive research can also be seen on the basis of this. I can say that I liked the portrayal of the protagonists, they embody different perspectives of their time and were all endowed with different characters, goals and ways of thinking. This applies both to the King and Katherine Parr, as well as to various nobles or simple people such as maids, scribes or other figures who belong to a lower social class. This creates a broad picture, you get to know the protagonists very well and over time you can also better assess them. When it comes to the king, you are often in the dark, he is usually the most difficult to evaluate and you never know which decision he will make next and in what mood you will find him. So he's the most mysterious character, but at the same time I found him the most uncomfortable. Conclusion: If you are looking for an exciting, well-researched historical novel that is wonderful to read, then I can only recommend this book to you! It gave me interesting reading hours and I really enjoyed it. The story is told in vivid words, there is an incredible amount of information and facts, a lot was unknown to me and I was able to learn a lot. In addition, the novel is quick and easy to read and I really liked the broad picture of the population the author has drawn. Only for the missing moods, as well as for the not very lively protagonists, I subtract half a star, otherwise there is nothing to complain about on my part. I'm looking forward to more of the author's novels! My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars