Why would a woman marry a serial killer?
Because she cannot refuse
Kateryn Parr, a thirty-year-old widow in a secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when a man old enough to be her father who has buried four wivesKing Henry VIIIcommands her to marry him.
Kateryn has no doubt about the danger she faces: the previous queen lasted sixteen months, the one before barely half a year. But Henry adores his new bride and Kateryns trust in him grows as she unites the royal family, creates a radical study circle at the heart of the court, and rules the kingdom as Regent.
But is this enough to keep her safe? A leader of religious reform and the first woman to publish in English, Kateryn stands out as an independent woman with a mind of her own. But she cannot save the Protestants, under threat for their faith, and Henrys dangerous gaze turns on her. The traditional churchmen and rivals for power accuse her of heresythe punishment is death by fire and the kings name is on the warrant
From an author who has described all of Henrys queens comes a deeply intimate portrayal of the last: a woman who longed for passion, power, and education at the court of a medieval killer.