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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing; 2 edition (15 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445600498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445600499
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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'Neither Starkey nor Weir has the assurance and command of Loades' --Simon Heffer, Literary Review

'Incisive and profound. I warmly recommend this book' --Alison Weir

About the Author

David Loades is Emeritus Professor of the University of Wales and an Honorary Member of the University of Oxford, History Faculty. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, Vice-President of the Navy Record Society and former President of the Ecclesiastical History Society. He is the author of over thirty books on the sixteenth century, specializing on the Tudors. He lives in Burford in Oxfordshire.


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By Potterywhizz VINE VOICE on 1 Jan. 2010
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The story of Henry VIII and his six wives is compressed into 158 pages and every word counts and hits the spot. There is no wild speculation, no rumours, no unsubstantiated fantasies and yet this is a book of thoroughly engrossing historical interpretation. The author opts for the sensible intelligent approach every time and picks the wheat neatly out of the chaff. He writes with persuasive assurance in clear prose and gives you all the facts you need to picture the various characters in this historical drama fest and understand why each marriage rose and then fell. Having read Starkey and Alison Weir, I now want to read something else by David Loades. He has certainly won me over and without giving me hundreds of pages to read.
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Originally published in 1994 as 'The Politics of Marriage: Henry VIII and his Queens' David Loades has written a superb political history of the main theme of Henry VIII's reign; his marriages.

Firstly, it must be said that if you buy the Amberley edition entitled 'The Six Wives of Henry VIII' don't think that it will be a personal history of the six wives, like Antonia Fraser, David Starkey or Alison Weir or the like have written. It is not.

Loades purely focuses on the political side of the marriages; the need for a male heir during his first marriage to Catherine of Aragon, the subsequent break with Rome during the tail end of the first and the second to Anne Boleyn, Anne's fall amid the machinations of Cromwell and the court, the apolitical marriage with Jane Seymour, the need to counter the papal threat with the fourth marriage to Anne of Cleves, the rise of the Howards during the fifth to Katherine Howard and the sixth amid the battle between religious conservatives and evangelicals.

His writing is very concise and relevant, producing a work refreshingly far less than two-hundred pages, while it being very readable and scholarly at the same time.

What comes across is that Loades is not a Henry fan. His lack of admiration drips from every page.

A superb book.
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Published by Amberley (nr Stroud, Glos). Slightly small (but very clear) typeface. Some fascinating colour plates. Solid history, very few (if any) authorial flights of fancy. Arrived in pristine condition.
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David Loades is one of our finest Tudor historians. His insights are incisive and profound. I warmly recommend this book.
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