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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Also published as The Children of Henry VIII
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Tudors.
I have enjoyed reading tudor books for a while now and really like Alison Weirs informative accounts. Very easy to read.
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22 of 22 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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catherine (Hartlepool, UK) - See all my reviews
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable and enlightening read on the subject, 26 Nov. 2001
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing history to life, 5 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Children Of England: The Heirs of King Henry VIII 1547-1558 (Paperback)
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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the Tudors again! No, give this book a chance, 17 Mar. 2011
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P. M. Ryans "Historian71" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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If you think the subject of the Tudors has been done to death by historians then you may be right. Although the Tudors TV series may be giving said historians the vapours it might intrigue some into finding out more.
Alison Weir has written fictional accounts of this era and of some of the people you will find within these pages. Here, however, she takes the purely historical viewpoint on the lives of the four heirs of Henry VIII.
Now if you have come to buy this book after watching the show I'll make a quick note, Lady Jane Grey is the grand-daughter of Henry's sister, omitted from the series in case people couldn't handle more than one character named Mary. Of all the children who would wear the English crown perhaps this is the tale that has the most tragic outcome to it. For those who don't know the story I won't spoil it.
Weir writes with an interest and a passion for the subject clear in each little insight she gives into the lives of not only the main characters but also of the (it would seem) malevolent courtiers surrounding them, each desperate for the power influencing a monarch would give. She gives these historical figures a true face, fleshes out their characters from the stern looking portraits we see.
Anyone who enjoys learning what Elizabeth wrote to her brother and of the rather charmingly bossy letters a very serious Edward wrote to his eldest sister Mary. This book allows you to see their world in a believable and enthralling way.
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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
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars absorbing and fascinating., 14 Nov. 2010
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 naïveté 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book which stands out in a crowded field, 14 Jan. 2001
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating look at a tumultuous time, 26 Oct. 1997
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If you'd like to gain a better appreciation for the necessity of separating church and state, or for the orderly change of governments (for the most part) today, check this book out. Ms. Weir does a great job of putting together history books that communicate the intrigues and difficulties of British politics in the 15th and 16th centuries. I can't wait to see her book about Elizabeth I; this one ends just as Elizabeth gains the throne of England. I learned so much about the short lives of Edward and Lady Jane Grey, and the politics of marriage, through Weir's books. "The Princes in the Tower" and "Six Wives of Henry VIII" are also terrific reads.
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