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If you’re a history fan and like a local angle a new novel about Katherine of Aragon is being launched in the city with a talk by the author…

Best-selling historian and author Alison Weir is to launch her new novel ‘Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen’ at Peterborough Cathedral on Friday May 6 at 7.30pm, with an illustrated talk and book signing.

The writer will give her presentation in the Nave of the Cathedral, a short distance from where Katherine of Aragon was buried in 1536, on the instructions of King Henry VIII.

The novel is the first in a series of six, one about each of King Henry VIII’s wives. It draws on new research and keeps closely to the historical record, but tells the story from Katherine’s own personal viewpoint.

Alison will bring to life the splendour and brutality of the Tudor court where Katherine lived amongst figures such as Thomas Cromwell, Cardinal Wolsey and Thomas More. Having travelled for weeks over treacherous seas to come to England at the age of 16 and marry Prince Arthur, Katherine eventually wed his younger brother Henry. Their long marriage was overwhelmed by dynastic pressures and she died in exile at Kimbolton Castle.


You can buy the book and even get it signed by the author on the night (hardback, price £18.99). Advanced orders for signed copies may be made via the Cathedral website at the special price of £17.50.

Tickets for this event are £11.00 (£5.50 under 18’s) available online via, or from Oundle Box Office on 01832 274734, or Peterborough Information Centre on 01733 452336, or in person from Peterborough Cathedral Shop.

At Alison Weir’s request, all the proceeds from this event will go towards the preservation and the ministry of Peterborough Cathedral.

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