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Katherine Parr's interventions in national and ecclesiastical history in the earlier sixteenth century, at the time of the Reformation (which were more far-reaching than has often been recognised), rested on her skill in writing and her faith in the educational power of reading. She produced (besides letters) religious writings: prayers and meditations.
1512, probably August KP was born, either in London or in Buckinghamshire; she was the middle one of three children. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
By 1544 KP apparently wrote a prayer (recorded under her name by John Strype) for English soldiers abroad, later printed as "A praier for men to say entring into battaile". Bibliographic Citation link.
2 June 1545 The Queen's Prayers, or Prayers or Meditations, the first printed book to bear KP's name, appeared in print, according to a modern edition. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
5 September 1548 KP died of puerperal fever at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire, after bearing a daughter on 30 August. Bibliographic Citation link.
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