The Fifth Queen

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Vintage Books, 2011 - Fiction - 607 pages
19 Reviews
Ford Madox Ford’s novel about the doomed Katharine Howard, fifth queen of Henry VIII, is a neglected masterpiece.

Kat Howard—intelligent, beautiful, naively outspoken, and passionately idealistic—catches the eye of Henry VIII and improbably becomes his fifth wife. A teenager who has grown up far from court, she is wholly unused to the corruption and intrigue that now surround her. It is a time of great upheaval, as unscrupulous courtiers maneuver for power while religious fanatics—both Protestant and Catholic—fight bitterly for their competing beliefs. Soon Katharine is drawn into a perilous showdown with Thomas Cromwell, the much-feared Lord Privy Seal, as her growing influence over the King begins to threaten too many powerful interests. Originally published in three parts (The Fifth Queen, Privy Seal,andThe Fifth Queen Crowned), Ford’s novel serves up both a breathtakingly visual evocation of the Tudor world and a timeless portrayal of the insidious operations of power and fear in any era.
  

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Review: The Fifth Queen (The Fifth Queen #1-3)

User Review  - Tiffany - Goodreads

A bit too old-fashioned for me, the dialogue was too gadzooks and methinks for me to really enjoy. I recognize that historical fiction has changed quite a bit since Ford's time, but I just couldn't get much further than most of the way through the first book. Read full review

Review: The Fifth Queen (The Fifth Queen #1-3)

User Review  - Slickery - Goodreads

Not rating because I read the first two and last chapters. Just couldn't get my mind around the language, it does seem like a good book. Read full review

Contents

PART
9
The House QfES
71
The King Haves
183
PART
240
PART
319
PART THREE
398
The Threatened Ry?
505
The Dwineling Heorfy
555
The End ofthe S ong
573
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Ford Madox Ford was born Ford Hermann Hueffer in England in 1873. In 1919 he changed his name to Ford Madox Ford in honour of his grandfather, the Pre-Raphaelite painter Ford Madox Brown, whose biography he had written. Ford was well-known for both his fiction and his criticism. He founded two influential journals, The English Review in 1908 and The Transatlantic Review in 1924, in which he championed many of the leading modernist writers of the day. His most famous novels include the tetralogy Parade’s End and The Good Soldier, which are still ranked among the greatest literary works of the twentieth century. Ford died in 1939, at age sixty-five, in France.

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