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Henry VIII's Wives: History in an Hour [Kindle Edition]

Julie Wheeler
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (365 customer reviews)

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Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

In his ambition to provide a male heir to the throne, Henry VIII married six times. Divorce from his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, caused England’s break from the Catholic church in Rome. He went on to divorce Anne of Cleves and behead Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard for infidelities. Jane Seymour died and Catherine Parr survived Henry.

Henry VIII’s Wives in an Hour will introduce you to these six entirely diverse and captivating personalities and the events that propelled them to their individual fates. You will learn which wife had what impact on Henry and England and understand why Henry and his six wives form the most popular period of Tudor history.

Know your stuff: read about Henry VIII’s wives in just one hour.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE QUICK READ 20 Dec. 2012
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I have to admit to downloading this book because it was free for my Kindle and I enjoy the Tudor period of history immensely. Therefore, I am fairly well read on this era but I still thoroughly enjoyed this quick read. I'd recommend this as a really good starting point for anyone interested in Henry VIII's wives and/or Tudor history in general.

I really enjoyed Julie Wheeler's version of Anne of Cleves; some of the books I've read or listened to have not been so kind to her. There are pictures of paintings scattered throughout, which are particularly good for an ebook and the one of Anne of Cleves is one of my favourites and very flattering.

Well written and concise there is a lot of history compressed into this little book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History in an Hour 15 Dec. 2012
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Love the history in an hour books, informative and quick to read. If you like to read history this is a simple and effective way to get started and highlights which parts interest you most
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Henry VIII's wives 28 Dec. 2012
By kerrie
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I love history especially the Tudor Times, so I found this book fascinating and educational. I would recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making History Come to Life 11 Jan. 2013
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This is what makes the Kindle work....the ability to browse at leisure and pick up books you`d otherwise have passed by. I can honestly say I'd never have downloaded this if it hadn't been free.

As a Scot, 'English' history was covered at school but not in detail and I had never really got to grips with the "divorced, beheaded ..." rhyme. In just one hour on the sofa (more than 40 years after leaving school) I finally got it!

What it also did was what our school history lessons often failed to do and that was to make the subjects come to life - for the first time I was able to think of the wives as real people, and very interesting ones at that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction 1 Jan. 2013
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This book was one of those, it's free so I might as well download it...

And I have to say it's pretty good! I'm fascinated with the Tudor Era and have read a lot about Henry VIII and his wives... and this book is a good intro to the story. Its accurate and touches on the politics of the day, which is no mean feat. Did I manage to read this in an hour? Yes, I think I did. Its a nice handy into to the era, and I'll look out for the others in the series.

The only thing that could have improved this book would have been to cite some sources and to provide a 'further reading' list.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Straight to the point 2 May 2013
By Becky
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Anyone with a mild interest in British history will surely enjoy this book. The author gives an detailed insight to the wives of Henry VIII which leaves you with even more of an interest in this period of time than when you began reading the book.

This would also be a good book for students who are studying Henry VIII to gain some more in depth knowledge and understanding of the time.

All in all a quick and to the point read which rekindled my love of this time in British history and would recommend the read to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Information 8 Feb. 2014
By Robbie
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Loved the Tudor times especially Henry VIII and the info in this short concise breakdown on his marriages was really interesting, it wasn't deep, long drawn out or boring. For anyone who wants to know the basics regarding this subject I feel they would enjoy it. The value for just 99p was worth every penny especially if young people are interested in this subject, I feel Ms Wheeler did an excellent job so much so I have bought more in the History in an hour books what a great idea
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful history! 31 July 2013
By Joseph
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Most history books I find give far too much detail when sometimes all you want are the bare facts. (I wanted to read about Richard III once but the book ran to over 600 pages and was so full of sub-notes etc. that I had to give up on it.) This book does just what I wanted and gives enough information about each of Henry's six wives to be interesting and informative. It is very readable and gives all the essential facts without rambling on unnecessarily.
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