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Alison Weir
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6 Mar 1997
When Henry VIII died in 1547, he left three highly intelligent children to succeed him in turn - Edward, Mary and Elizabeth - to be followed, if their lines failed, by the descendants of his sister Mary Tudor, one of whom was the ill-fated Lady Jane Grey. Edward was nine years old, Mary 31 and Jane ten. Edward, Elizabeth and Jane were staunch Protestants, Mary a devout Catholic; each had a very different mother and they had grown up in vastly different circumstances. This book is not interested in constitutional history but in the characters and relationships of Henry's four heirs. Making use of a variety of contemporary sources, it brings to life one of the most extraordinary periods of English history, when each of Henry's heirs was potentially the tool of powerful political and religious figures, and when the realm was seething with intrigue and turbulent change.


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pimlico; New edition edition (6 Mar 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712673199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712673198
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alison Weir lives and works in Surrey. Her books include Britain's Royal Families, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Children of England, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry VIII: King and Court, Mary, Queen of Scots and Isabella: She-Wolf of France.

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"Recounted with her usual lively thoroughness by Alison Weir, my favourite Tudor historian" (Philippa Gregory Independent on Sunday)

"With impressive narrative skill, Alison Weir pilots her readers through the ceaseless tides of intrigue which surged around the four heirs of King Henry VIII. Her mastery of detail brings their tempestuous lives into sharp focus from a distance of four centuries... This is full-blooded history" (Christopher Hirst Independent)

"She writes in an engaging way and adopts an even-handed approach" (Irish Times)

"Alison Weir is one of our best popular historians and one, moreover, with an impressive scholarly pedigree in Tudor history" (Frank McLynn Independent)

"Weir provides immense satisfaction. She writes in a pacy, vivid style, engaging the heart as well as the mind. This, her fourth book on the Tudors, affirms her pre-eminence in that field" (Amanda Foreman Independent) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A sequel to The Six Wives of Henry VIII, this vivid and compelling book tells the story of Henry's children and those of his sister Mary - popular history at its best. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Also published as The Children of Henry VIII 7 May 2009
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This book is also published under the title The Children of Henry VIII, so don't be caught out as I was, thinking they were two separate books. I would recommend buying the book under The Children of Henry VIII title, as the typeface is much larger, clearer and easier to read than under the Children of England title.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
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This book was very good in tackling subjects which usually get dealt with as a chapter in a book on the individuals. As someone who finds the period fascinating, it was academic enough not to be boring if you know a fair amount about the main characters, but not daunting if you dont. Alison Weir puts the chronology together well, and examines the four characters relationship with each other, how those relationships were manipulated or affected by those into whose care they were entrusted, and their motivations in the actions they took. She also takes a great deal of care in the detail - for example in trying to make a modern diagnosis of the ailments suffered by the characters, and in particular those suffered by Mary in her desire to bear an heir to the throne.
Thoroughly recommended.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars informative, concise and well worth reading. 18 April 2000
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A fascinating book that deals with each of his children in turn. It gives the reader an insight into why they acted as they did. It proves that really all four of them were neglected lonely people. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone interested in this period.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 7 Aug 2010
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An excellent read highlighting the relationships between Edward, Mary, Elizabeth and Jane. Alison Weir often complicates her books with a lot of unexplained details, with to many characters who change title, name or have the same name & title as someone else in the book. She avoids this to a large extent in this book which in my opinion makes for a more enjoyable read. I found it a real page turner and have no problem recommending it to others.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing history to life 5 Sep 2009
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Having previously read 6 wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir, was keen to continue the story and was not disappointed. This is another excellent book. Alison Weir appraises all the relevant data available and puts it together in a way that is very credible, fascinating and enjoyable. She adds modern day interpretations e.g. possible medical explanations for the 'pregnancies' experienced by Mary which are fascinating in themselves and she also gives a great insight into the political intrigue and alliances that were so important to life in those days. The book is thoroughly readable and is multifaceted in ensuring that the reader understands the political, social, economic and health aspects in that time which had their own influences on events. Having been thoroughly bored by history at school, it is writers like Alison Weir who bring it to life and make it so compelling. Now just to decide which one to read next....which has to be Elisabeth The Queen.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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I thought this would be just another book about the Tudors - but it casts new light on the Tudors and gives insight into the later actions of both Mary and Elizabeth. An excellent read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars absorbing and fascinating. 14 Nov 2010
By Rebecca
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Sandwiched between the reigns of the commanding personalities and the politically and socially astute minds of Henry VIII and his second daughter, Elizabeth, the short-lived reigns of Edward VI, Jane, and Mary are often overlooked as a result of their political naļveté and lack of genuine leadership skills - the first two being mere pawns of more powerful forces in the end. But it is precisely because of these short-comings of these ill-fated monarchs that reading about them becomes absolutely absorbing and fascinating.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, Interesting History 16 Mar 1999
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this is a very good and interesting history of the three children and one niece of Henry VIII. The author is thorough, if not a little too repetitive for my taste. It is a little difficult to keep all of the supporting and fringe players straight, but otherwise it is a fascinating look at one of the most dysfunctional families ever!
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