Katherine Parr: Complete Works And Correspondence by Katherine ParrKatherine Parr: Complete Works And Correspondence by Katherine Parr

Katherine Parr: Complete Works And Correspondence

byKatherine ParrEditorJanel Mueller

Paperback | August 13, 2014

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To the extent that she is popularly known, Katherine Parr (1512–48) is the woman who survived King Henry VIII as his sixth and last wife. She merits far greater recognition, however, on several other fronts. Fluent in French, Italian, and Latin, Parr also began, out of necessity, to learn Spanish when she ascended to the throne in 1543. As Henry’s wife and queen of England, she was a noted patron of the arts and music and took a personal interest in the education of her stepchildren, Princesses Mary and Elizabeth and Prince Edward. Above all, Parr commands interest for her literary labors: she was the first woman to publish under her own name in English in England.


For this new edition, Janel Mueller has assembled the four publications attributed to Parr—Psalms or Prayers, Prayers or Meditations, The Lamentation of a Sinner, and a compilation of prayers and Biblical excerpts written in her hand—as well as her extensive correspondence, which is collected here for the first time. Mueller brings to this volume a wealth of knowledge of sixteenth-century English culture. She marshals the impeccable skills of a textual scholar in rendering Parr’s sixteenth-century English for modern readers and provides useful background on the circumstances of and references in Parr’s letters and compositions. Given its scope and ambition, Katherine Parr: Complete Works and Correspondence will be an event for the English publishing world and will make an immediate contribution to the fields of sixteenth-century literature, reformation studies, women’s writing, and Tudor politics.

Janel Mueller is the William Rainey Harper Distinguished Service Professor Emerita in the Department of English Language and Literature and the College at the University of Chicago. She is coeditor of four volumes of the writings of Elizabeth I: Collected Works; Autograph Compositions and Foreign Language Originals; Translations, 1544–...
Title:Katherine Parr: Complete Works And CorrespondenceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:656 pages, 10 × 7 × 1.5 inPublished:August 13, 2014Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:022621379X

ISBN - 13:9780226213798


Table of Contents


Part 1: Prologue to Queenship, before July 1543

Part 2: Katherine as Regent of England, July to September 1544

Part 3: Queen Katherine, January 1544 to January 1547

Part 4: The Dowager Queen, February 1547 to September 1548

Part 5: Epilogue—Remembrances of the Queen, September 1548 to after 1571

Complete Works

Psalms or Prayers (1544)


Modern Version

Prayers or Meditations (1545)


Kendal Autograph Fragment

Modern Version

The Lamentation of a Sinner (1547)


Modern Version

Personal Prayerbook (ca. 1544–48)


Autograph Text (Harley 2342)

Modern Version


1: The Elton Hall Inscriptions Relating to Katherine Parr

2: The Inventory of Katherine Parr’s Personal Effects


Editorial Reviews

“Janel Mueller’s edition of the writings of Queen Katherine Parr makes a perfect bookend to the earlier edition of the writings of Queen Elizabeth I, who owed much, as this superbly collected volume shows, to the complicated example of her brave and prudent stepmother.”