‘Queen’s Mistake’ sympathetically written

  Being the wife of Henry the VIII was a tough gig. One misstep, and whack — there went your head.
  For Catherine Howard, the dream of becoming the Queen of England was something that was not so far fetched. The powerful and influential Howard family prided themselves on raising and preparing their women for the probability that someday they would be considered as possible candidates for the wife of King Henry VIII. After all, the family had already had one Howard woman in the slot — wife number three — Anne Boleyn.
  In Diane Haeger’s novel “The Queen’s Mistake” she takes a fascinating in-depth look at the life of wife number five, Catherine Howard, her childhood, her journey to Henry’s court and her incredibly short marriage to the ruthless monarch.
  Sponsored by her uncle, the Duke of Norfolk, Catherine was a vivacious addition to the English royal court. She started out as a lady of honor for Anne of Cleaves, Henry’s unattractive but kind German wife.
  Life changes drastically for Catherine when she catches the King’s attention. He begins to pursue the young girl, going so far as to have his marriage to Anne annulled after four months.
  Catherine is flattered by the King’s admiration but is also repulsed by his obesity and his ill health. He was, after all, nearly 30 years her senior. But forced by her family into accepting the King’s proposal of marriage, Catherine became Queen of England and did her best to be loyal to her marriage vows. But when the King discovers that Catherine’s past was not as pristine as he was lead to believe, he accuses her of infidelity, and … well, we all know how life turned out for most of Henry’s wives.
  Fans of tales of royalty will find Haeger’s novel both historically accurate and sympathetically written. Even though I knew what the outcome was going to be, I for one couldn’t help but pull for Catherine to somehow live happily ever after.

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