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The Wives of Henry the Eighth and the Parts They Played in History by [Hume, Martin Andrew Sharp]
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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1428633561
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  • Language: English
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I downloaded this book as my other half is deeply into the history of the British Monarchs, so I decided I'd do some swatting up as it's a good twenty years since I covered the topic at primary school.

I'm a big fan of history anyway, so thought this would be an enjoyable read.....how wrong was I?

It's a very interesting book, but I wish the author had a bit more focus as they shoot off in random story directions at every point and like to use twenty words when one will do.

There is very little chapter deliniation, so each section goes on for pages and pages where you discover dozens of irrelivent things, but learn very little, and in the end I gave up reading it.

It's a shame really, as have now been to buy a similar book that is a lot more informative and sticks to pure historical fact.

Am glad this was a free download, as I feel I would have wasted my money otherwise.
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This book is a wonderful and detailed account of the history of the Wives of Henry the Eighth and the political situation in England. It is a book difficult to put down.
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I have read a few other books on Henry the VIII and his wives, this one is much heavier and concentrates a lot of the political aspects, it is also a first that suggests Henry the VIII was a bit of an idiot! Which possibly he was, the other difficulty is the author seems to have an opinion that through the behaviour of the women, they could have changed things if they had acted differently! That would be called hindsight, which I believe men as well as women could gain so much from! I have a feeling Mr Hume is perhaps a little old fashioned, he really dislikes Anne Boleyn, and has her down as a very bitter and stupid women, again this is the first time I have come across this point of view. I am keen to continue to see how the other wives pan out but if this was a paper book I may have thrown it across the room by now.......... I won't even start on his view of Oliver Cromwell..............
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I think that this book is the best i've ever read on this period in our history. Most authors give a very biased description of the people concerned and this tends to colour our view, either portraying them as martyrs or monsters depending on their own point of view, this is a generalization that is misleading and not at all informative to those of us who have a genuine interest in our past. Thus making this perspective refreshing. Thank you.
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Very good well researched and well written book. Gave me some great insight into the characters of all these ladies but Henry himself was a disappointment. Was the King of England really this TYRANT
From his divorce from Catherine of Aragon it was a different Henry we appeared to read about but yes to the author thank you /I now know much more about the Tudor wives
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It's a shame that some people have been disappointed with this book. I find the perspective taken refreshing and, even as a History graduate, I find I am learning things that delight, surprise and even horrify. Mr Hume has done his research. If this were part, or the whole, of a dissertation I'd not be surprised. One thing this book is NOT is a novel, nor is it a light-hearted romp through the Court of Henry VIII. How many readers ever considered said monarch cowardly? Vainglorious, yes certainly; educational definately; not easy reading.
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Having studied life of Henry VIII I found this bool a very useful addition to my knowledge of these times.
Various portrayals of Anne Boleyn from a haughty person to a much misunderstood and maligned personage has caused me some confusion. Having a book like this has been very useful in seeing why such portrayals in drama can vary so much. I am yet to read on from the end of Anne Boleyn but must admit to really enjoying the insights I am gaining. Thanks Martin
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The writer takes you through the many stages of king Henry's life, as though you are watching from the side lines. To see Henry as gentle kind King become a feared and brutal king within years is fascinating. Henry takes you through many emotions about him from the sympathy of him being used for others gain, to the disgust of the way he despatched his wives for his singled mindedness of needing a son You see it from the side of the wives, how women were just pawns to be used and cast aside when no longer valuable. As the events unfold you understand better the way Mary and Elizabeth's personalities were shaped to make them the queens they were. For any newcomer to history this book may be a little hard going keeping track of all the characters but bear with it, they are needed to show the full story. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves history and wants to understand how and why we became the England we are today.
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