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2.0 out of 5 stars Well-researched but too compartmentalised, 13 April 2007
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This review is from: Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII (Paperback)
I found this hard going. While Starkey's research is admittedly admirable, what I found very strange about this book is that he completely compartmentalises each of the wives, as though they existed entirely separately from each other. For instance, in the section on Catherine of Aragon, there is NO mention of Anne Boleyn, even once you get to the parts about the divorce, etc. I found this frankly peculiar, and more than a little frustrating and irritating. Anne was a member of Catherine's court; Catherine knew exactly who she was, and that she was the one her husband was leaving her for. I don't see how you can explore Catherine's story with any humanity and depth without going into these relationships, which were of such wrenching impact at the time.

Similarly, I felt that while the political aspects of each wife's reign were gone into in great detail, there was a lack of the personal which for me made the book much duller and dryer than expected. I greatly preferred Antonia Fraser's treatment of this subject.
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Initial post: 7 Nov 2009 23:35:51 GMT
I had the same problem with this book. I also found that whilst some information that was submitted in the book seemed like superfluous padding, whilst other information was sadly lacking, for example, a reference to Lady Margaret Douglas's misdemeanour's being eluded to by Henry VIII, without explaining what they in fact were. Whilst a description of Kingston taking to his horse was added for no real apparent reason whatsoever.

Posted on 30 Apr 2012 19:52:32 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Apr 2012 19:57:51 BDT
Rumpuscat says:
Incidentally Lady Margaret's misdemeanour was to have an affair with Lord Thomas Howard.
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