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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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God and the Mighty Guilder: Jessie Burton’s “The Miniaturist”

The year is 1686 and Petronella Oortman has arrived in the city of Amsterdam, the glittering utopia rife with pomp and splendor. The protagonist called “Nella” has arrived in Amsterdam with the express purpose of moving to her husband, Johannes Brandt’s home.