Katherine Parr: In Fact and Fiction

A Reading List

Chapter 2 : Fiction

Katherine appears fairly frequently in fictional accounts.

She is the main protagonist in:

The Queen's Gambit (UK link) - Elizabeth Fremantle. This is well written fiction, with facts and interpretation largely drawn from the James biography.

The Queen's Gambit (US Link)

The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory. This is the latest in the best-selling author’s series on the Tudor Court.

The Taming of the Queen (US Link)

The Sixth Wife - Suzannah Dunn. The very modern idiom takes a bit of getting used to, but overall it is well done. The novel centres, in fact, on Katherine's friend, the Duchess of Suffolk, but, without giving too much away, Katherine Parr is an equally important character.

The Sixth Wife (US Link for Suzannah Dunn)

The Sixth Wife - Jean Plaidy. A bit out of date now, but always readable. It is also available in Audio.

The Sixth Wife (US Link for Jean Plaidy)


Katherine also makes an appearance in:

Heartstone and its sequel Lamentation - C J Sansom. Sansom has done a truly exceptional job of bringing the later years of Henry VIII alive. Katherine is an important and sympathetic character.

The Dark Rose - Cynthia Harrod-Eagles


The classic Young Bess - Margaret Irwin

The sadly out of print I am Mary Tudor - Hilda Lewis


Katherine Parr was also a published author (see Katherine Parr's Religious Writings).

A collected version of all of her letters and works has been brought together in a scholarly edition, that may be found here.


This article is part of a Profile on Katherine Parr available for Kindle, for purchase from Amazon US and Amazon UK.