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The Sixth Wife: Philippa Gregory’s “The Taming of the Queen”

The thirty-one-year-old Kateryn Parr is recently the widow of John Neville, 3rd Baron Latimer and she has come to the royal court. While there, she happens to catch the eye of the rather old and ailing corpulent King Henry VIII, who is determined to have her.

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By the Eight-Pointed Star: Tracy Chevalier’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”

We’ve all seen that mysterious painting, the one known as Girl with a Pearl Earring, the seventeenth century masterpiece of Johannes “Jan” Vermeer. One can even go so far to say that Girl with a Pearl Earring is “the Dutch Mona Lisa,” as some have taken to calling it.