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Blog Tour: A Matter of Conscience: Henry VIII, The Aragon Years By Judith Arnopp

Updated: Feb 10


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A Matter of Conscience:

Henry VIII, The Aragon Years

Book one of The Henrician Chronicle

By Judith Arnopp


17th March – 19th May 2021


Publication Date: February 2021

Publisher: Feed a Read

Page Length: 335 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction


‘A king must have sons: strong, healthy sons to rule after him.’


On the unexpected death of Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, his brother, Henry, becomes heir to the throne of England. The intensive education that follows offers Henry a model for future excellence; a model that he is doomed to fail.


On his accession, he chooses his brother’s widow, Catalina of Aragon, to be his queen. Together they plan to reinstate the glory of days of old and fill the royal nursery with boys.

But when their first-born son dies at just a few months old, and subsequent babies are born dead or perish in the womb, the king’s golden dreams are tarnished.


Christendom mocks the virile prince. Catalina’s fertile years are ending yet all he has is one useless living daughter, and a baseborn son.


He needs a solution but stubborn to the end, Catalina refuses to step aside.


As their relationship founders, his eye is caught by a woman newly arrived from the French court. Her name is Anne Boleyn.


A Matter of Conscience: the Aragon Years offers a unique first-person account of the ‘monster’ we love to hate and reveals a man on the edge; an amiable man made dangerous by his own impossible expectation



Judith Arnopp



A lifelong history enthusiast and avid reader, Judith holds a BA in English/Creative writing and an MA in Medieval Studies.


She lives on the coast of West Wales where she writes both fiction and non-fiction based in the Medieval and Tudor period. Her main focus is on the perspective of historical women but more recently is writing from the perspective of Henry VIII himself.

Her novels include:


A Matter of Conscience: Henry VIII, the Aragon Years

The Heretic Wind: the life of Mary Tudor, Queen of England

Sisters of Arden: on the Pilgrimage of Grace

The Beaufort Bride: Book one of The Beaufort Chronicle

The Beaufort Woman: Book two of The Beaufort Chronicle

The King’s Mother: Book three of The Beaufort Chronicle

The Winchester Goose: at the Court of Henry VIII

A Song of Sixpence: the story of Elizabeth of York

Intractable Heart: the story of Katheryn Parr

The Kiss of the Concubine: a story of Anne Boleyn

The Song of Heledd

The Forest Dwellers

Peaceweaver


Judith is also a founder member of a re-enactment group called The Fyne Companye of Cambria and makes historical garments both for the group and others. She is not professionally trained but through trial, error and determination has learned how to make authentic looking, if not strictly HA, clothing. You can find her group Tudor Handmaid on Facebook. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.


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Tour Schedule



March 17th

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March 24th

Oh Look, another book!

The Writing Desk


March 31st

The Whispering Bookworm

B for Book Review


April 7th

CelticLady Reviews

LoupDargent.info


April 14th

Adventures of a Tudor Nerd


April 21st

Wendy Dunn’s Official Blog

Elizabeth St.John’s Official Blog


April 28th

Zoe’s Art, Craft and Life

Let Your Words Shine…


May 5th

M J Porter’s Official Blog

Samantha Wilcoxson’s Official Blog


May 12th

Historical Fiction With Spirit

The Historical Fiction Blog


May 18th

Deborah Swift’s Official Blog

The Magic of Wor(l)ds

Impressions In Ink

Brooks Scrolls




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