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The Six Wives Of Henry VIII Kindle Edition
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Each of the wives are written about in more-than-adequate detail - if this wasn't a non-fiction piece of literature, you could say that the characterisation was top notch.
When completing this book (which shouldn't take too long as it's hard to put down), get hold of "The Children of England - The Heirs of Henry VIII", which continues where this book left off, and examines Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey and Mary I. I have just read that and can't wait to move on to Weir's biography on "Elizabeth"!
Alison Weir begins with the story of the Spanish princess Katherine of Aragon. Brought to England at the age of 16 and married to Henry's brother, widowed before her 17th birthday, engaged to Henry the following year. We learn how her second marriage was put on hold for political reasons, but it was Henry's priority on becoming king. It seemed to be a love-match as much as a political one. We follow the marriage through the love, through the heart-break of losing their children and through Henry's betrayal of a loyal woman who even acted as regent during a Scottish invasion when he was at war in France.
The narrative progresses to Anne Boleyn, the ambitious woman who stirred up so much passion and was eventually cruelly convicted of crimes she probably didn't commit. But there's more to Anne than Henry's innocent victim and one of the major causes of the English Reformation. We also learn of her devious plots against her rivals. Her step-daughter Mary was particularly at risk.
Plain Jane Seymour became the third wife, Henry's favourite, but the marriage was short.
We learn about Anne of Cleves who, succeeding Jane, benefitted most from a brief marriage to Henry, transforming from impoverished German princess to Henry's wealthy 'sister'.
Then there was Katherine Howard, a silly teenager without the sense to take the opportunities thrown at her to save her own life.Read more ›
I enjoyed the novel just as much as innocent traitor and couldn't put it down until I had finished. It focuses on her life before she reigned and what made her the queen she was. Not everything is included but it does highlight many points and ponders over theories which can't be proved or completely disproved. By doing this Weir allows us to look at Elizabeth in a less than perfect way, which makes her very likeable and appealing.
I would recommand this book to anyone. It's an interesting, heart warming, tearful, exciting and enjoyable read. The story of Elizabeth is an extremely well known one but Weir manages to tell it in a refreshing and entertaining manner.
This book challenges the stereotypes of the six queens and brings each character to life with contemporary sources. Too often we see the wives portrayed as the Barren, the conniving Harlot, the saintly Mother, the Ugly, the Adulteress, and the sedate Widow. This book gives us insights into the characters and impact of the queens, and certainly opened my eyes.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Tudor history, womens' history or a good story. All the good tales are based in truth.
The author as a way of being entertaining while sticking strictly to historical sources that makes the read very enjoyable: there is no feeling (and no need, in her books) of a romanced approach - reality is far more exciting that fiction.
This book is, in fact, about Henry VIII and his evolution during his reign. The description of the different "compartments" of Henry VIII's matrimonial life are interesting in that they each correspond to a different era in his reign - and of Court life and customs. I hadn't realised before that his first marriage, with Catherine of Aragon, lasted as long as all others together.
A very good and easy read, which I strongly recommend.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Plenty of accurate historical detail to fill in the gaps left by the writers of more fictional versions of this fascinating period of history. Read morePublished 1 month ago by mrs p severs
I am probably doing the author a miss-justice but this is the driest book I have ever tried to read. Took me 2 weeks to get through Henry Vii's marriage to Kathryn of Aragon. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeans
Extremely well written and researched and easy to read. This period of English history is so incredible that I can't imagine anyone not being interested in it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CathMac
A book that shows Elisabeth Tudor - as a human being. Readable and educational. I trully recommend to anyone interested in history to find out that queens too were once children.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful book. I was able to be a part of Elizabeth's life through the excellent writing. Well worth a read for any Tudor fanPublished 3 months ago by Sarah Smith
I am very pleased with this purchase. Very good value for money.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Just finished this book. I love the way Alison Weir mixes fact and surmise in her fiction novels. Having read all her non-fiction books on this subject, she brought the characters... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Product arrived quickly. However I was not impressed by the quality of the book, it was stained and smelt musty. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was surprised to find this was actually a novel rather than a biography. But found the first few chapters good. Read morePublished 5 months ago by MrsB
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