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Henry VIII's Last Love

The Extraordinary Life of Katherine Willoughby, Lady-in-Waiting to the Tudors

David Baldwin



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Amberley Publishing
15 June 2016
In 1533 Katherine Willoughby married Charles Brandon, Henry VIII's closest friend. She would go on to serve at the court of every Tudor monarch bar Henry VII and Mary Tudor. Duchess of Suffolk at the age of fourteen, she became a powerful woman ruling over her houses at Grimsthorpe and Tattershall in Lincolnshire and wielding subtle influence through her proximity to the king. She grew to know Henry well. In 1538, only three months after Jane Seymour's death, it was reported that they had been 'masking and visiting' together, and in 1543 she became a lady-in-waiting to his sixth wife, Catherine Parr. Henry had a reputation for tiring of his wives once the excitement of the pursuit was over, and in February 1546, only six months after Charles Brandon's death, it was rumoured that Henry intended to wed Katherine Willoughby himself if he could end his present marriage. This is the remarkable story of a life of privilege, tragedy and danger, of a woman who nearly became the seventh wife of Henry VIII.
By:   David Baldwin
Imprint:   Amberley Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 124mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   228g
ISBN:   9781445660073
ISBN 10:   1445660075
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   15 June 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

David Baldwin is a medieval historian who has taught at the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham for many years. His historical research has focused on the great medieval families in the Midlands and he has contributed articles to historical journals and lectured regularly to societies and conferences in this field. He lives near Leicester.

Reviews for Henry VIII's Last Love: The Extraordinary Life of Katherine Willoughby, Lady-in-Waiting to the Tudors

'A gripping biography of the woman who might have been Henry VIII's seventh wife' -- Philippa Gregory 'A vivid and fascinating account ... brings Katherine Willoughby deservedly to the forefront of the Tudor age' -- Alison Weir 'The woman who almost led the king up the aisle for a seventh time' -- BBC History Magazine 'The seventh wife of Henry ... very nearly' -- The Independent

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