Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen
by Alison Weir
Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine
General Fiction (Adult)
Pub Date 31 May 2016
I am familiar with Alison Weir’s work, both fiction and non-fiction. I have also read several biographies of Katherine of Aragon as well as books that cover the reign of Henry VIII. Yet I was surprised. It is refreshing to find new information in a subject I thought I knew so well. So hats off to Ms. Weir for the surprise concerning Arthur, Prince of Wales. Once I finish writing this review, I am off to find more information.
Having read Ms. Weir’s fiction and nonfiction books, I have to say I prefer her nonfiction. This novel is a good example of why. In the nonfiction books, Ms. Weir’s exhaustive research produces a feeling like total immersion for the reader. You get lost in the detail. You can see and feel and touch what Ms. Weir is describing. I have not found that in her fiction writing. It is comparatively flat. I just did not get lost in the story.
This is still an enjoyable book. Anyone who enjoys historical fiction or Tudor related books, will enjoy this novel.
I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.