The Sixth Wife by Suzannah Dunn traces the life of Kathrine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII. The gripping story tells of her survival, friendships, and the politics surrounding her reign. What makes this story stand out from other fiction is that it is told through the eyes and experiences of her friend, Catherine, Duchess of Suffolk. With great skill, Dunn weaves the intricacies of royal politics within a close friendship between two women and the men they love. Striking in the story is the untold events that pass between the friends unseen by the public that influence the kingdom and those around Kathrine Parr.
Dunn constructs a story that is believeable fiction, tightly written, and an excellent read. Excellent work!
Clever and compassionate Katherine Parr, Henry V111's sixth and final wife, survived their four turbulent years of marriage. But when the ambitious and handsome Thomas Seymour won her heart, mere months after the old king's death, their hasty union undid a lifetime of caution.
Catherine, Duchess of Suffolk, her best friend, is the unwilling witness to the dowager queen's late-blossoming love. But as she harbours nagging suspicions of Kate's new husband, it gradually becomes clear that she has her own dark tale to tell. For if Thomas might betray his wife for power, then cool, calculating Cathy might betray her for passion.
In times when the least indiscretion could mean arrest and death, Katherine Parr's tragedy plays itself out amongst those who loved - and deceived - her most. As events reach their inevitable climax, it becomes clear that Cathy and Kate will risk all in a world where love is a luxury even royalty cannot always afford.