The wives of Henry VIII
The wives of Henry VIII have come down to us through history narrowly defined by the roles they played in the larger story of the King's life, and most commonly remembered for the manner in which each did - or did not - survive marriage to him. Now, in this richly dramatic and singularly illuminating study, Antonia Fraser uncovers the complex and fascinating individuals whose true characters have been shrouded for centuries by stereotype and legend. In a sweeping narrative and with her own enthralling amalgam of meticulous scholarship and the lively play of ideas, Fraser makes clear the remarkably high level of strength and intelligence displayed by these six women at a time when their sex traditionally possessed little of either. She brings to light, for example: the tenacious self-possession displayed by Catherine of Aragon when, toward the end of her twenty-four-year marriage, she met the King's demands for a divorce with steadfast refusal . . . Anne Boleyn's 'curiously modern' independence of mind - initially dazzling to the King (and shocking to most everyone else), but ultimately the cause of her gruesome demise . . . the circumspect wisdom that allowed Jane Seymour to emerge as an object of universal welcome and lasting admiration in a year that saw two other queens as well ... the touching dignity of Anna of Cleves - dubbed 'The Flanders Mare' by an insensitive court - during her bewilderingly short and demeaning tenure as consort . . . the naivete of Katherine Howard - not yet twenty when the King turned his eye toward her - whose indiscretions were more nearly the result of innocence than deviousness . . . the surprisingly subversive side of the otherwise submissive CatherineParr, one of only eight women whose writings were published during the sixty years of the first two Tudor reigns. The author traces the ascent and decline of each woman - and the linkages between them - delineating the cultural, familial, and political roots of the behavior and i
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Review: The Wives of Henry VIIIUser Review - Heather - Goodreads
It looks like the review I added earlier did not save. Here goes (again). I'll keep it brief. I enjoy reading Fraser's historical books because they at least provide me the impression that they are ... Read full review
Review: The Wives of Henry VIIIUser Review - Heather Smith - Goodreads
Excellent, well-written book and giving interesting detail on the lives of the wives. I prefer this version to the David Starkey book on the same subject as it is a bit more personal and not as bogged down in details of ceremonies and royal procedures. Read full review
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On Friday I finished reading Antonia Fraser's "The Wives of Henry VIII". Always a fascinating subject for me, I found this one highly readable and very ...
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... Book by David Starkey, Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII; Book by Antonia Fraser, The Wives of Henry VIII, 1st American ed. (Knopf, 1992) ...
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Henry VIII - The Legacy of Henry and his Wives. - free Suite101 course
Of all the wives of Henry VIII, there is only one with a life going ... The wives of Henry VIII, by Antonia Fraser. Although more than just one book will be ...
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Catherine of Aragon
The Wives of Henry VIII. New York: Vintage Books, 1992. This book contained a lot of information on all of the wives of Henry VIII. The section on Catherine ...
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The Wives of Henry VIII, Antonia Fraser. Anne Boleyn: A Chapter of English History 1527-1536, Paul Friedmann. (two volumes). Threads, Nell Gavin. (Fiction) ...
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Henry VIII: History or Romance?
He was the sort of man who could cut off a wife's head on one day and get engaged again on the next (Antonia Fraser, The Wives of Henry VIII [New York: ...
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