Excerpt from The Life of Queen Katharine Parr
This is the story of a Kendal woman, who became, in her day, queen of England. I have tried to tell it simply, in the hope that it may interest those who find a historical book difficult to read. Her life brought her into contact with people now famous, who formed the background (and often the foreground) of Tudor times. I have put in as little description as possible, and let the actions of these people display their characters. Where there has been any doubt about the dates (and couse quently the sequence of events in Katharine's life), I have checked them through five or six different books, and in this way discovered what actually did happen. All these facts are, of course, well known to historians. But I am not a historian; only possessing a thirst for informa tion about one of our great ladies of the past, I have written down what I have found out, so that it may be easily available for other people who are interested in her.
If any of my readers should have any additional information about Katharine, I should be most grateful if they would send it to me, along with the name of the book or documents from which their information is taken, so that it could be included in any future edition for the benefit of the public.
A learned man recently described Katharine Parr to me as: 'one of our best, and one of our least known, queens.' I should like to add a word of grateful acknowledgment to Mr. T. Pape, historian, for bringing to my notice the account of the early ancestors of the Parr family in Ed. Baines' 'history of Lancashire.'
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