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Dear Henry: Confessions of the Queens [Kindle Edition]

Judith Arnopp
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Book Description

There has been much written of Henry VIII of England, everyone knows of his struggle for a male heir, his divorces, the beheadings, his quest for marital happiness. The motives for his actions have been examined and re-examined, and his wives have been the subject of countless romantic novels, films and television.
In this pamphlet of VERY short fictional stories Judith Arnopp considers the position of Katherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard and Katherine Parr to consider, through their own eyes, the emotional effects of life with Henry and the traumatic ending to each marriage. You can read more about Henry's queens in Judith's full length novels. The Winchester Goose, The Kiss of the Concubine, Intractable Heart and A Song of Sixpence.
PLEASE NOTE: this is a revised edition of VERY short stories.
Judith Arnopp graduated from the University of Wales, Lampeter in 2007 having gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Creative Writing and a Master of Art’s degree in Medieval Studies. She now combines those skills to write historical novels, reflecting the medieval period as experienced by women.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 659 KB
  • Print Length: 34 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SDH66U
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,962 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My greatest loves have always been writing and history. Since I was very small I have had a book in one hand and a pen in the other. I spent my early adult life bringing up my four children and, when they were grown, I took myself to university where I studied English Literature and Creative Writing (BA) and Medieval Studies (MA). These days, I have progressed to writing the sort of books I love to read. Historical settings with a strong female lead.

One of the great tragedies of history is that monastic chroniclers didn't believe women were important enough to be given space on the record. This has caused women to be under-represented and, in my opinion, also often incorrectly categorised. The male section of medieval society tried to suppress their women; it still happens today but not all of them bowed down to male authority.

There were women like Aethelflaed who ruled Mercia for thirty four years, led armies against the vikings, refortified the Roman towns of Chester and Tamworth, founded Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Warwick and Stafford. Eleanor of Aquitaine who, among other things, ruled England on behalf of her son, King Richard I until he could claim his throne. Margaret of Anjou who fought unsuccessfully for her son's rights, and Margaret Beaufort whose campaign to put her son, Henry VII, on the throne was rather more successful. Katherine Parr and Katherine of Aragon who ruled triumphantly as regents while Henry VIII fought in France. Mary Banks who, along with her daughters and a handful of servants, withstood a siege at Corfe castle on behalf of King Charles during the civil war.

These are just a few examples of women who moved outside their prescribed role and they are the type of women you will find in my novels.

There is more information and excerpts from my novels on www.juditharnopp.com and you can also follow my blog on http://juditharnoppnovelist.blogspot.com/ Look for me on Facebook and twitter.



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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars My Review 23 Oct. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a very short book which is a fictional account of the thoughts of the six wives of Henry VIII at the end of their time as his wife (or in Katherine of Aragon's case, when she died). From the title and the blurb I expected this to be in the form of letters written to Henry, but it didn't seem to work like that, and in fact there seemed to be very little actually to do with Henry in some of them.

The portrayal of Katherine Howard didn't really go down well with me, it just doesn't seem in character, and barely even considers Thomas Culpepper, never mind her last words about rather having been his wife.

In fact, none of the portrayals really struck me as particularly good, Katherine was predictably stuck in her views til the end, but not with the passion that I have seen in other books from 'her' point of view, Anne Boleyn didn't seem particularly witty or smart and Catherine Parr just came across as bitter, rather than caring as other books portray her. The only wife I even treacly believed part of was Anne of Cleves, and her joy at the annulment of her marriage.

I'd say as a quick read it is good, but if you're looking for something to really immerse yourself in Tudor England then this is not the book for you.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 28 Jun. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was definetly pleased with this book. I have a unbelieveable intrest in Henry VIII and his legendary six wives. The idea of this book appealed and I bought it for its cheap price and good reviews. I sat down to read it at my younger sisters parent teacher conference and despite all the noise I heard none, I was captivated in the book. It's the type of book you read on holiday, in a nice warm bed by the glow of your bedside lamp, the rain pitter~pattering gently...sorry, I'm rambling now, but it really was amazing. I don't want to be a spoilsport but I spotted one inaccuracy. Anne Boleyn was beheaded by a expert swordsman from Calais..not a simple axe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For those in between times. 19 Jun. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read some of Judith's novels and thoroughly enjoyed them. She has the ability to imagine the lives of historical characters and weave a viable tale. I found the length of the "CONFESSIONS were just right and liked knowing that I did not have to put this book down in the middle of a chapter. I was sorry that Henry only had six wives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Confessions 27 Jun. 2012
By Rachael
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book. The idea of a snapshot in time from each of Henry's wives is brilliant. Each chapter gives a little of what his queen of the moment must have felt about him and her fate. The author has created a wonderful window into the lives of these women and it is the perfect short read for anyone interested in the Tudor era.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 14 May 2012
By Sherryp
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Extremely short and full of historical inaccuracies for things which are commen knowledge for example Anne Boleyn placing her head on the block when she was executed in the French fashion with no block. I finiished the book in five minutes and found it far too short however it was a pleasant enough read and found the description of Henry with Catherine parr interesting and well written and for someone with a basic knowledge who would not as I did look at the flaws they would find it a interesting read. At 72p not the end of the world however personally I would have preferred a longer narrative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this for sheer originality 20 Mar. 2012
By Poppy
Format:Kindle Edition
I always love Judith Arnopp's work, and this is such a wonderful idea, to create a small book consisting of six letters to Henry V111, one from each of his wives. Each one gives her own thoughts and feelings on her particular situation, all of which are so different. Lovely to take to bed and reflect on one queen's life before going to sleep.
As usual the writing is superb, particularly in the historical detail and the vivid character descriptions. Real enjoyment!
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5.0 out of 5 stars short but intriguing 21 April 2013
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I loved this short but intriguing book, which shows only a flavour of this author's writing skills. Each letter is a thumbnail sketch; an interpretation of the characters and personalities of all of Henry's wives and their individual fates. I am interested in all things historical and enjoyed this different slant on an epoch in Tudor times. One to be expanded on by Judith Arnopp sometime, perhaps?
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4.0 out of 5 stars a pleasant surprise 23 April 2013
By Mirren
Format:Kindle Edition
Historical fiction does not normally attract me. I am ashamed to say I have finished only one such novel in my time - The Flowers of the Forest by Elizabeth Byrd which I loved and have re-read. However, I downloaded this very short book to my Kindle and was hooked by the immediacy of the writing. No talk of battles or hackneyed Lord and peasant girl relationships, this was an insight into the minds of the six wives of Henry 8th. I don't know how accurate it may or may not be - and I don't much care either. History and reality can be quite remote from each other as we well know. I have started The Forest Dwellers now by the same author. Who knows - I might even venture into science fiction one day, now that I've moved outwith my comfort zone
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read
Published 12 months ago by margaret fenton
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Just getting into Judith Arnopp's novels. I wish I had looked at the page count first. Disappointingly short.
Published 13 months ago by Peter Gooding
2.0 out of 5 stars so so
aimed at small school children as very mind numbing and not at all interesting must read first before buying a book in future
Published 16 months ago by pauline
3.0 out of 5 stars Not long enough
Almost as you start each Queen 's confession than its over and you are left thinking "and........" You are told in the beginning that it's a short book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 22 months ago by CPNorth
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic.
A really quick and easy read. One that a reader can pick up and read time and time again. A brilliant brilliant little book
Published on 7 April 2013 by Mrs. Clare J. Philpott
4.0 out of 5 stars A way into historical fiction
Historical fiction does not normally attract me. I am ashamed to say I have finished only one such novel in my time - The Flowers of the Forest by Elizabeth Byrd which I loved and... Read more
Published on 26 Mar. 2013 by Mirren Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Henry: Confessions of the Queens
The stories about Henry's wives and the way they felt about him clearly exposed King Henry's wickedness. I will commend it to my friends
Published on 9 Feb. 2013 by Charltia 1
3.0 out of 5 stars A short novel...
An interesting and engaging book, but I wanted more. The whole thing took me less than half an hour to finish finish and I felt a bit cheated. Read more
Published on 6 Feb. 2013 by Lindsay McNamara
3.0 out of 5 stars Too short.
An excellent concept but left me the reader wanting more. It is a shame that the author has no sequel.
Published on 1 Feb. 2013 by Tricia in the north
3.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
Wasnt that impressed with it.

No real depth to it. Raced throught it in an afternoon.
Maybe this was an abridged version for the kindle??
Published on 20 Dec. 2012 by Smokies Mum
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