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The Six Wives of Henry VIII (original 1991; edition 1991)

by Alison Weir

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Title:The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Authors:Alison Weir
Info:Grove Press (1991), Edition: 1st Grove Press Paperback, Paperback, 656 pages
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Very good book. Well researched and interesting review of facts of Henry VIII rule but also a insightful view of the turmoil and violence that was part of the Protestant revolution in England. ( )
  hazel1123 | Jan 28, 2016 |
I have this as a preview book - out as a preview for bookstores before the original release date. Loved it then and read it often ( )
  tmscott13 | Jan 23, 2016 |
comprehensive, easily read biography of Henry's queens ( )
  pennsylady | Jan 23, 2016 |
What I liked about this book was that it told the events from the perspective of the wives of Henry Viii, not just the king as is most often the case. Also the author avoided giving them their usual "tag" and categorizing them as pretty, clever, ugly or whatever, instead she gives a balanced picture of each (as much as that is possible) and let them emerge as women with their own dreams and ambitions. ( )
  SabinaE | Jan 23, 2016 |
4.5 * Excellent biography of the six wives of Henry VIII (and Henry). This is very readable while also being full of fascinating detail. It's not just lurid detail, although that's included; we get to really understand each person's character. I was surprised to find the chapters about Anne of Cleves and Katherine Parr, the least dramatic of the wives, to be particularly interesting to me.

The reader is excellent as well, suiting the book well. My only recommendation would be more pictures and colored pictures in the book. ( )
  Connie-D | Jan 17, 2016 |
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The reign of Henry VIII is one of the most fascinating in English history.
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Henry VIII's marital affairs brought the royal marriage into public focus for the first time in our history.
Henry VIII's wives would all have learned very early in life that, as women, they had very little personal freedom.
Infidelity in a wife was not tolerated, but for queens Henry VIII made it a treasonable offence punishable by death, because it threatened the succession.
What was really required of a queen was that she produce heirs for the succession and set a high moral standard for court and kingdom by being a model of wifely dignity and virtue.
Queens walked slowly, danced slowly, and moved with regal bearing, not just because they were born to it, but because their clothes constrained them to it.
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blurb: Henry VIII is perhaps England’s most infamous monarch, especially when it comes to matters of the heart. He was married to six distinctly different women, and in this richly detailed and meticulously researched history, these remarkable, often misunderstood queens come to life once again: Katherine of Aragon, stubborn and devoutly Catholic; Anne Boleyn, proud and fiercely ambitious; Jane Seymour, deceptively strong willed; Anne of Cleves, unappealing and uncomplaining; Katherine Howard, young and foolish; and finally, Katherine Parr, brave, practical, and intelligent. Their full histories and personalities, emerge at last, giving voices to the six extraordinary women who left their distinctive marks on the English throne and thereby changed the course of British history.
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The tempestuous, bloody, and splendid reign of Henry VIII of England (1509-1547) is one of the most fascinating in all history, not least for his marriage to six extraordinary women. In this accessible work of brilliant scholarship, Alison Weir draws on early biographies, letters, memoirs, account books, and diplomatic reports to bring these women to life. Catherine of Aragon emerges as a staunch though misguided woman of principle; Anne Boleyn, an ambitious adventuress with a penchant for vengeance; Jane Seymour, a strong-minded matriarch in the making; Anne of Cleves, a good-natured and innocent woman naively unaware of the court intrigues that determined her fate; Catherine Howard, an empty-headed wanton; and Catherine Parr, a warm-blooded bluestocking who survived King Henry to marry a fourth time.

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Well-documented portraits of each of King Henry the VIII's 6 wives. The lives and fates of King Henry VIII's legendary six wives are laid bare in a vivid, in-depth account that is set against the colorful, tempestuous background of the Tudor era.

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