Katharine, the Virgin Widow (Tudor Saga, #2) by Jean Plaidy

Katharine, the Virgin Widow (Tudor Saga, #2)

IN THE ROYAL MARRIAGE MARKET THE INFANTA OF SPAIN WAS A TRUE PRIZE.In the eyes of the world, Katharine of Aragon was a precious object to be disposed of for the glory of Spain. Her parents, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, send her to England to become the bride of Arthur, Prince of Wales.But soon her frail husband was dead, and a fateful question loomed: Was the marriage consummated, as Katharine's priest avowed, or was the young widow still a...

Details Katharine, the Virgin Widow (Tudor Saga, #2)

TitleKatharine, the Virgin Widow (Tudor Saga, #2)
Release DateFeb 2nd, 2006
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, English History, Tudor Period, Fiction

Reviews Katharine, the Virgin Widow (Tudor Saga, #2)

  • Kerrie
    Jean Plaidy was my absolute fave in historical fiction those many years ago when I discovered Henry and Eleanor (Peter and Kate) in Lion in Winter and went absolutely Plantagenet-crazy throughout high school. I read her Plantagenet trilogy and began to expand into the Tudor era but somehow I overlooked this one. As time has passed, I've noticed the quirks of Plaidy's writing in recent years (mainly the dryness and repetition of the prose) and con...
  • Donna
    I enjoy reading ‘Tudor’ historical fiction and was pleasantly surprised when this author showed up on a reading list that I am trying to get through (my last reading list for this year). So I wholeheartedly looked forward to this series by Plaidy. I was surprised that I was a little disappointed though. This book was just okay for me. I just didn’t feel drawn in. It was written well, but it just seemed like a regurgitation of facts. I wante...
  • Yvette
    A most excellent way to learn a bit about the history of the British monarchy! Thank goodness for Plaidy doing all the research and then putting it in an easy to read and understand form for the rest of us!! Read it on the heels of "To Hold the Crown" so some seemed a bit redundant, but I guess history doesn't change, even if the title of a novel does!
  • Jennifer
    Another look at the troubled life of Katherine of Aragon. Plaidy breaks up the story of Katherine into three books and this one focuses on the period of betrothal, doomed marriage, and endless forgotten waiting the young woman was subjected to. To pad the story, she focuses on the trials of Katherine's family, specifically her father Ferdinand and sister Juana, the "mad" queen. While this is all interesting and relevant to what happened to Kather...
  • Helene Harrison
    Review - Possibly the best novel I've ever read on Katherine of Aragon, particularly on her early life, before her marriage to Henry VIII. I loved the focus on her domestic situation and relations with her ladies and the various Spanish ambassadors. It's a clever mix of politics and domestic matters that all intertwine together. If there was anything that would get me interested in the actual history of Katherine of Aragon, this would be it, as t...
  • Gaelynn Nunes
    Well writtenGreat insight and details about Katherine of Aragon and her life before her marriage to Henry VIII. The lives of her parents beyond "the Christopher Columbus" story, and the fate of her siblings, especially Juana, was well written and gave even more insight to the political ambitions and machinations of Europe's nobility.
  • Linda
    slowjust not for me.....slow but descriptive and pleasant...no real complaint.....maybe just know the story too well. Not sorry I bought it......would recommend for any Tudor history fan.
  • Michelle Cristiani
    A beautiful and mostly accurate telling of the life of Katherine, Henry VIII first wife. I listened to this on audio book and the accents were very good. A series worth reading/hearing for some history with your entertainment.
  • Rebecca Hill
    No review at this time
  • Jim Galford
    Plaidy is a excellent author of history and historical fiction. Katherine, the once bride of both Henry VIII and his brother Arthur is a fascinating read.
  • Shelly
    Different point of view from other books I've read of this period.
  • Carol
    Had to work hard to finish this one.
  • Heaven Claussen
    Wonderful Series!
  • Gillian
    My pet subject of the Tudors.Mostly enjoyable, but the narrative seemed to be beefed out by events in Spain which didn't add much to the story of Katharine
  • Tracy Fenwick
    This is not my normal choice of genre for books, however it was this month's choice in the Book Club that I go to. Within this I get to read books that I wouldn't generally pick and sometimes they're a gem of a find and I really enjoy them. Unfortunately this was not one of them. I rarely read historical fiction and this reminded me as to why that is.This is the tale of Katherine of Aragon, beginning with her departure from her family in Spain an...
  • June Louise
    "There are times.....when I believe that kings and ambassadors do not think that it is necessary for a princess and her household to eat. She is merely a figure to be used when the state needs her. She can marry. She can bear children. But eat! That is not considered at all necessary."This sequel to Uneasy Lies The Head traces the melancholy life of Katharine of Aragon following the death of her first husband Prince Arthur, right up until her mar...
  • Alexandria
    There are only spoilers if you don't know your history. ----I love reading about the Tudor Era so I was eager to read this. However, I found myself a bit disappointed. There are two reasons why I didn't give it five stars: 1) It was a little slow and I may not have finished it if I wasn't listening to it as an audiobook. I came into it expecting it to be a little more of a page-turner. 2) There was one scene probably a third of the way through th...
  • chucklesthescot
    Katharine is relieved when she meets the kind and quiet Prince Arthur, imagining a good life together as Prince and Princess of Wales before Arthur becomes King. But tragedy strikes when Arthur dies five months after the wedding and Henry VII is not interested in her welfare as his alliance with Spain flounders. Struggling for money, she endures a long wait to find out if she can marry the new Prince of Wales, the young Henry.Another good Tudor r...
  • Richard
    The first in the trilogy about Katherine of Aragon, the daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella, king and queen of a united Spain. This is also book two in the Tudor Series and goes through a similar period of time but this book tells it from Katherine's view. I thought it would be a bit boring, although I love this type of genre, as there is little about Henry VIII and his father Henry VII. What is does detail is the political intrigue and skulldugge...
  • Gabrielle Blin
    This historical fiction novel focuses on Catherine of Aragon, known today as Henry VIII's first wife who he divorced forcing him to break with Rome. However, long before this Katherine was a young Spanish princess who came to England to marry Henry's older brother Arthur, who died not long after the wedding.Katherine maintained to her death that her marriage with Arthur was not a 'true' marriage as there was no consummation, and this is what even...
  • Theresa~OctoberLace
    In the past year I’ve read a number of novels in the historical fiction category that focus on British royalty during the Plantagenet and Tudor eras. This book is the second of Jean Plaidy’s Tudor Series, telling the story of Katharine of Aragon from the time she left Spain at 14 through her marriage to Henry VIII. It was Henry’s frail older brother Arthur that Katharine had come to wed, but Plaidy follows the theory that the marriage was n...
  • Kari
    This is the second in Jean Plaidy's Tudor series and I really enjoyed it! Although the story predominately focuses on Katharine of Aragon, Plaidy also explores the lives of some of the key players around her at the time. The voices of Henry VII, his wife Elizabeth, Dona Elivra Manuel and many others shine through and help bring to life the rich and intriguing world of Tudor England. Most stories focus on Katharine's marriage to Henry VIII so it w...
  • Tabitha Leathers
    It hurts my heart most how Henry VII and Elizabeth of York were portrayed in this. Much like Philippa Gregory, she made the couple cold and political, when they actually were so loving. I wish this would fall out of the Tudor historical fiction, as well as Richard III being in love with his niece, ok, thanks.It's really hard to find good Tudor books; a true needle in the haystack where the facts and personalities are there, yet it is entertaining...
  • Rebekah
    “I see that all traitors should be hanged.” ~ Henry VIII, as a child. Such foreshadowing. She constantly references the young princes buried in the tower. I wonder if she ever wrote a novel about them. I Love how Henry only wants to marry Katherine because his father does not want him to. And marries her to spite the speculation that he will marry to France or other powerful countries in Europe and not to Katherine. Her sister Juana is a much...
  • Tania
    Here begins the fascinating story of Queen Katharine who was undoubtedly the purest and most deserving of Henry’s wives. Here we learn about her early life, as well as her family. Her marriage to Prince Arthur is a sweet respite from the harsh world that the royals (particularly the women) survived in. The Queen that Katharine will become is created here, as she is pulled into politics and learns what will be expected of her, and waits for her ...
  • Eva
    Katharine the Virgin Widow (Tudor Saga #2) by Jean Plaidy Focusing on the years prior to her marraige to King Henry VIII, this is the early story of Katharine of Aragon, a pampered and favored princess of Spain, sent to England to become the bride of Arthur, Prince of Wales by her royal parents, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand. The young infanta, soon finds her frail, young husband dead, and questions of the marriage validity and her place in t...
  • Allie
    The first in the Katharine of Aragon trilogy, this is an easy to read novel that even though it was originally published in 1961, holds it own with modern historical fiction. It's easy to feel sorry for her during all the trials and tribulations she endured but I did enjoy the stories of the other characters as well - notably Juana, who I haven't read anything about. The characters of the various ambassadors, maids and The Tudors themselves were ...
  • Galleta Shirahime
    Me encanta que el comienzo de esta saga sea tan esperanzador y parezca que todo va bien para la protagonista cuando en realidad todos sabemos como termina Catalina de Aragon. Me ha gustado el hecho de que se incluyan un montón de personajes y la situación política de las potencias de la época. El personaje de Juana me es de mis favoritos porque la autora no intentó crear a su propia Juana y procuró quedarse con especulaciones sobre muchas d...
  • Kori
    If you have already read Philippa Gregory's "The Constant Princess" than you can skip this one; it is the same story with only a slightly different point of view. The author seems to stand on he side of those historians that believe Katharine's marriage to Arthur was not consummated, but there isn't much of a storyline attached to that here. Plaidy wrote two more books about Katharine's life, and presumably this POV is relevant later on. If you a...