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Jane Seymour: Henry VIII's True Love Kindle Edition
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I have read about Jane in other books on the six wives in general but it always feels as though she is a bit of an afterthought, once the writer has gone through the more exciting stories of Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. It was refreshing to read a book focussed solely on Jane and I though it added a new viewpoint to read about Anne Boleyn's fall from Jane's point of view for the first time. The book is not very long, which is a shame, but it is full of really interesting information about Jane Seymour and I would highly recommend it.
But, the good news is that the book gets better and is actually a great read and goes some way to dispelling those myths about how Jane was meek, mild and demure. Norton points out that "the real Jane was a shrewd politician and a strong character. Jane could not have won the king without a ruthless streak and her ambition was as great as Anne Boleyn's". What we need to remember is that Jane saw, by being a maid to both Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, how these women treated the king and how he treated them. She learned that she had to be the good, mild-mannered traditional woman to tempt the king after he had lost interest in the feisty argumentative Anne but she also learned from Anne that she needed to keep hold of her "virtue" if she was to hold the king's interest.
This book, in the end, really does give you a deeper understanding of this woman who history really has ignored and yet who was the "usurper", stealing the King from Anne Boleyn. The information on the Pilgrimage of Grace, Jane's religious beliefs and her horror of how Henry treated the uprising, her pregnancy, death and legacy, is all first class. A great read for Tudor history lovers.
There is no doubt that Jane is a very fascinating lady, helped by the fact that we don't know a lot about her (unfortunately). But when the book did turn to the well documented area of Jane's life, (marriage, reign, pregnancy etc), the author still made it extremely lively, informative and simple.
This book definately helps all those history/Tudor fans out there understand a little bit more about Henry's third queen and so I highly recommend it!
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Love love love this author. Really excellent cant put down books, not glamourised at all, sticks to the facts and researched well. I will buy all her booksPublished on 19 Nov. 2013 by Julieb
I wrote a review of Elizabeth Norton's book on Catherine Parr. I made some specific criticism but otherwise I argued that it was well written and reasonably thorough. Read morePublished on 2 Oct. 2011 by Graham James
This book was short but as other reviewers have said there isn't much to go on so the author had to do a lot of guessing and this added to a lot of repetition within paragraphs. Read morePublished on 28 May 2011 by Cavan Lass
The reason why Jane Seymour biographies are rare is that there is not much to go on. Elizabeth Norton fails primarily because there is too much supposition and guesswork and... Read morePublished on 17 May 2010 by kevinthegerbil
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