The Spanish Queen
Historical novelist Erickson (The Unfaithful Queen, 2012) allows Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon, to tell her own tale in this fresh and sympathetic reinterpretation. As the daughter of Spain's King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, she was betrothed to England’s Prince Arthur, became a widow, remarried younger brother Henry, failed to produce a male heir, and was cast aside as Henry VIII set eyes on his second wife, Anne Boleyn. But Catherine doesn’t go down without a surprising fight in Erickson’s fast-paced latest. Who knew the queen had a vengeful streak?