Deborah Hopkinson

Award Winning Author of Fiction & Nonfiction for Children & Teens

Fatal Throne

The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All

Fatal Throne

What is this book about?

The trag­ic lives of Hen­ry VIII and his six wives are reimag­ined by sev­en acclaimed and best­selling authors in this riv­et­ing nov­el, per­fect for fans of Wolf Hall and Net­flix’s The Crown

He was King Hen­ry VIII, a charis­mat­ic and extrav­a­gant ruler obsessed with both his pow­er as king and with sir­ing a male heir.

They were his queens—six ill-fat­ed women, each bound for divorce, or behead­ing, or death.

Watch spell­bound as each of Hen­ry’s wives attempts to sur­vive their unpre­dictable king and his pow­er-hun­gry court. See the sword flash as fiery Anne Boleyn is behead­ed for adul­tery. Fol­low Jane Sey­mour as she ris­es from bul­lied court maid­en to beloved queen, only to die after giv­ing birth. Feel Cather­ine Howard’s ter­ror as old lovers resur­face and whis­per vicious rumors to Hen­ry’s influ­en­tial advi­sors. Expe­ri­ence the heartache of moth­ers as they lose son after son, heir after heir. 

Told in stir­ring first-per­son accounts, Fatal Throne is at once provoca­tive and heart­break­ing, an epic tale that is also an inti­mate look at the roy­al­ty of the most per­ilous times in Eng­lish history.

M.T. Ander­son, writ­ing as Hen­ry VIII
Can­dace Flem­ing, writ­ing as Katharine of Aragon
Stephanie Hemphill, writ­ing as Anne Boleyn
Lisa Ann Sandell, writ­ing as Jane Sey­mour
Jen­nifer Don­nel­ly, writ­ing as Anna of Cleves
Lin­da Sue Park, writ­ing as Cather­ine Howard
Deb­o­rah Hop­kin­son, writ­ing as Kateryn Parr

Awards and Accolades

  • Amelia Bloomer List
  • New York Pub­lic Library Best Book for Teens Top 10



“Romance and intrigue dom­i­nate these accounts, as do the frus­tra­tions of being female in a time when ‘no woman—not even a Queen—can … show her own pow­er’ …  (Shelf Aware­ness, starred review)

“A clever, fem­i­nist reimag­in­ing of one of Eng­lish his­to­ry’s most fas­ci­nat­ing moments.” (Refinery29)

“Ambi­tious and excit­ing.” (Bus­tle)

Fatal Throne

writ­ten by M.T. Ander­son, Can­dace Flem­ing, Stephanie Hemphill, Lisa Ann Sandell, Jen­nifer Don­nel­ly, Lin­da Sue Park, and Deb­o­rah Hopkinson
Schwartz & Wade
Pen­guin Ran­dom House
young adult, 2018
ISBN 978–1‑5247–1619‑6

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