Caterina Howard. La regina scandalosa

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“Nipote del potente Duca di Norfolk, nonché cugina di Anna Bolena, la giovane Caterina Howard, nonostante l’alto lignaggio della sua famiglia, cresce in condizioni di semipovertà. Dopo la morte della madre, e a seguito dei numerosi debiti contratti dal padre, la bambina viene mandata a Lambeth, ospite della duchessa vedova di Norfolk. È consuetudine, per i bambini nobili, essere allevati presso famiglie importanti, e Caterina ha ormai l’età giusta per acquisire le abilità, la grazia e l’eleganza che le saranno utili per contrarre un buon matrimonio, o addirittura per ottenere un posto a corte. Ma a Norfolk House, nonostante la sorveglianza di Madre Emmet, la notte i corridoi si riempiono di sussurri e risate soffocate. Nella residenza sono ospitate e educate altre giovani di origine aristocratica che, al calare delle tenebre, si dilettano in banchetti clandestini e incontri segreti, sotto gli occhi curiosi della piccola Caterina. Anni dopo, divenuta una giovane donna di grande fascino, Caterina verrà introdotta a corte come damigella d’onore di Anna di Kleve, la nuova moglie del re. Ma, sotto la scaltra guida del Duca di Norfolk, diventerà presto una pedina fondamentale per le alleanze politiche dell’Inghilterra. Il suo compito, però, è tutt’altro che semplice: dovrà persuadere sua maestà a trovare un pretesto per divorziare dalla consorte, farsi incoronare regina e donare al re un erede, per garantire la successione. Un compito in cui altre quattro donne, prima di lei, hanno fallito, e che rischia di trasformarsi in una trappola letale quando il suo scabroso passato verrà alla luce. Dopo aver raccontato le prime quattro mogli di Enrico VIII, Alison Weir tratteggia il vivido ritratto di Caterina Howard, la cui rapida ascesa al trono, costellata di scandali, condusse in breve verso una fulminea e tragica caduta. «Stupefacente. Caterina emerge dalle pagine di questo splendido romanzo come una donna affascinante, vivace e, alla fine, tragicamente ingenua. Questa storia vi ammalierà e vi spezzerà il cuore». Tracy Borman «Il migliore finora. Alison Weir ha catturato la personalità di Caterina Howard con grande comprensione, empatia e rispetto». Carol McGrath

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The world created in this book was unlike anything I've ever encountered. The author's imagination knows no bounds, and I was completely mesmerized by the fantastical setting.

The plot was incredibly well-crafted, with twists and turns that kept me hooked until the very last page. It was impossible to predict what would happen next.

The characters in this book felt like old friends, and I was sad to say goodbye to them at the end. It's a testament to the author's talent for creating memorable and relatable personas.

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