Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Katheryn Howard, The Scandalous Queen by Alison Weir

Can't Wait Wednesday

Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. 

The featured book this week is Katherine Howard, The Scandalous Queen by Alison Weir.

I’ve loved each and every book of the Six Tudor Queens series. (I’ll be sharing my long-overdue review of Anna of Kleve, The Princess in the Portrait soon. Watch this space!) It’s no secret to anyone following this blog that I’ve long been fascinated with Henry VIII and his many wives, and try to read as much historical fiction about them as I can find time to read.

I’ve been looking forward to reading Katherine Howard, The Scandalous Queen since I finished reading the previous book, and I can’t wait to see how Weir presents Howard’s story to readers. I expect it to be as enthralling as earlier books in the series have been, and I’m checking Netgalley and Edelweiss multiple times a day, in hopes of being granted access to an early review copy. Alas, nothing is listed for the U.S. market as of tonight, but I’ll keep checking… and hoping!

Katherine Howard, The Scandalous Queen book cover

Author: Alison Weir
Title: Katherine Howard, The Scandalous Queen
Series: Six Tudor Queens #5
Publication Date: May 12, 2020 by Ballantine Books

Bestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir tells the tragic story of Henry VIII’s fifth wife, a nineteen-year-old beauty with a hidden past, in this fifth novel in the sweeping Six Tudor Queens series.

In the spring of 1540, Henry VIII, desperate to be rid of his queen, Anna of Kleve, first sets eyes on the enchanting Katheryn Howard. Although the king is now an ailing forty-nine-year-old measuring fifty-four inches around his waist, his amorous gaze lights upon the pretty teenager. Seated near him intentionally by her ambitious Catholic family, Katheryn readily succumbs to the courtship.

Henry is besotted with his bride. He tells the world she is a rose without a thorn, and extols her beauty and her virtue. Katherine delights in the pleasures of being queen and the power she has to do good to others. She comes to love the ailing, obese king and tolerate his nightly attentions. If she can bear him a son, her triumph will be complete. But Katheryn has a past of which Henry knows nothing, and which comes back increasingly to haunt her–even as she courts danger yet again.



5 thoughts on “Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Katheryn Howard, The Scandalous Queen by Alison Weir

    • Oh, I certainly hope so! Unless I’m remembering wrong, it will come out in May in both the U.S. and UK. I’m really looking forward to this one, so the wait is killing me!


    • I don’t think I’ve read any of Weir’s nonfiction titles yet… pretty sure I’ve only read novels. I do have have several of her nonfiction books to read, if I ever find time for them. I’m curious to see how her writing style differs between fiction and nonfiction.

      This is a great series. I’m betting you’ll enjoy them, if/when you decide to read them. 🙂


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