The Mistresses of Henry VIII

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History Press Limited, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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Seventeen-year-old Henry VIII was `a youngling, he cares for nothing but girls and hunting.' Over the years, this did not change much. Henry was considered a demi-god by his subjects, so each woman he chose was someone who had managed to stand out in a crowd of stunning ladies. Looking good was not enough (indeed, many of Henry's lovers were considered unattractive); she also had to have something extra special to keep the king's interest. And Henry's women were every bit as intriguing as the man himself.

In this book, Henry's mistresses are rescued from obscurity. The sixteenth century was a time of profound changes in religion and society across Europe-and some of Henry's lovers were at the forefront of influencing these events. Kelly Hart gives an excellent insight into the love life of our most popular king, and the twelve women who knew the man behind the mask.

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User Review  - Gianna - Goodreads

This is a well-written and well-researched book, but I'd recommend it only to readers who are fairly new to the Tudors' era or Henry's court. Unfortunately, I didn't learn anything new. Read full review

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User Review  - Christine Wall - Goodreads

Interesting read about an interestinhour king Read full review

About the author (2009)

Kelly Hart is a historian, author, and teacher, specializing in the women of the Tudor period.

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