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5.0 out of 5 stars Re-learning with pleasure, 26 Feb. 2010
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This review is from: The Six Wives Of Henry VIII [DVD] (DVD)
Spanish lady. Sixty six years old. It means that I studied (in private french lycee, mind you) Spanish and international history during Franco's years. Spain and England were (very)frequently at war with each other -not in my youth, centuries ago- or, when allied, for very crematistic reasons. Catalina de Aragon was just an instrument, as were all women in general, but we were taught from her destiny as well as all the other wives, how "bad" Henry VIII was, and how "saint an just" the Spanish kings. Of course, we guessed that was not the true story; and as we got older and started reading books we harvested on our own, we learned that history was not black and white, and was full of grey-ish facts in every country. It is never too late to keep adding knowledge and comprehension of historic facts, and Dr David Starkey has conceived and delivered a strong, beautiful, well presented, sensitive and, I think, quite "neutral" from the nationality point of view, documentary. I strongly recommend it, not only to scholarly minded persons, but to everybody, even the ones merely interested in "bed-room" gossip. We call it "pink journalism" here, but when it happenned in the XV and XVI centuries, and is rendered with mastery like this, it becomes a "must see" for young and old.
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Initial post: 5 Jul 2010 22:32:59 BDT
microfiche says:
I am glad to read a review about a history of Henry VIII from the point of view of a compatriot of Catalina de Aragon. Thank you. I hope if you find something about her sister Juana of Castile, you'll review it too. I read this one with much interest - not knowing anything at all about her except that she was her sister. The Last Queen: A Novel of Juana La Loca
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