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A Matter of Conscience: Henry VIII, the Aragon Years

Judith Arnopp

Category: Drama

A Matter of Conscience: The Aragon Years offers a unique first-person account of Henry VIII, the ‘monster’ we love to hate and reveals a man on the edge; an amiable man made dangerous by his own impossible expectation.

Judith Arnopp’s previous novels explore the women who shared the life of Henry VIII. Women like his grandmother, Margaret Beaufort, his mother, Elizabeth of York, his wives Anne Boleyn and Katherine Parr, his daughter, Mary. In this novel she tackles the man himself.

On the unexpected death of Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales his brother, Henry, becomes heir to the throne of England. The intensive education that follows offers Henry a model for future excellence; a model that he is doomed to fail.

On his accession, he chooses his brother’s widow, Caterina of Aragon, to be his queen. Together they plan to reinstate the glory of days of old and fill the royal nursery with boys.

But when their first-born son dies at just a few months old, and subsequent babies are born dead or perish in the womb, the king’s golden dreams are tarnished

Christendom mocks the virile prince. Caterina’s fertile years are ending yet all he has is one useless living daughter, and a baseborn son.

He needs a solution but stubborn to the end, Caterina refuses to step aside.

As their relationship founders his eye is caught by a woman newly arrived from the French court. Her name is Anne Boleyn.

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