The Six Wives of Henry VIII

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Grove Press, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 643 pages
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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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Very easy to read, nicely researched. - Goodreads
It is obvious that Alison Weir did extensive research. - Goodreads
I really enjoyed Weir's writing style. - Goodreads
Riveting insight to the women in Henry VIII's life. - Goodreads
great reference to keep the players straight - Goodreads
Easy to read but not the best history book. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Fatima - Goodreads

Good but tedious in places with too much details. I would have given it a 4 stars but for the fact that the author jumped back and forth constantly in time in the story. It makes it really hard to follow the chain of events and you end up getting confused. Read full review

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User Review  - Heidi - Goodreads

Such an interesting look at a fascinating, transformative time period and the powerful people who, in ways large and small, helped shape it. I didn't know a lot about Henry VIII before reading this ... Read full review

Contents

Chronology
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Katherine of Aragon
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The great matter
143
Copyright

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About the author (1991)

Writer Alison Weir received training to be a teacher with a concentration in history from the North Western Polytechnic. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a civil servant and ran her own school for children with learning difficulties from 1991 to 1997. Her first book, Britain's Royal Families, was published in 1989. She is primarily a non-fiction author who writes about British royalty. Her books included The Six Wives of Henry VIII; Children of England; Eleanor of Aquitaine; Henry VIII: King and Court; Mary, Queen of Scots; and Isabella. Her first novel, Innocent Traitor, was published in 2006. In 2008 her second novel, The Lady Elizabeth, was published. Her works also include The Lady in the Tower - The Fall of Anne Boleyn (this book concerns the last four months of Anne Boleyn's life), The Captive Queen and A Dangerous Inheritance . She lives in Surrey, England.

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