The first of Henry VIII’s six wives came to England betrothed, in a
carefully wrought political alliance, to the unlucky prince Arthur, who
died shortly thereafter. She would eventually ascend the throne as
Henry's queen in a tumultuous era. Even readers familiar with the divorce
that shook England's religious foundations may not know much of
Catherine's eventful reign -- which included a battlefield victory while
Henry was abroad. Giles Tremlett is alive to the interplay of Spanish
and English history that makes Catherine's life an engrossing tale.