The Children of Henry VIII

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Random House Publishing Group, Sep 21, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
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"Fascinating . . . Alison Weir does full justice to the subject."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer

At his death in 1547, King Henry VIII left four heirs to the English throne: his only son, the nine-year-old Prince Edward; the Lady Mary, the adult daughter of his first wife Katherine of Aragon; the Lady Elizabeth, the teenage daughter of his second wife Anne Boleyn; and his young great-niece, the Lady Jane Grey. In this riveting account Alison Weir paints a unique portrait of these extraordinary rulers, examining their intricate relationships to each other and to history. She traces the tumult that followed Henry's death, from the brief intrigue-filled reigns of the boy king Edward VI and the fragile Lady Jane Grey, to the savagery of "Bloody Mary," and finally the accession of the politically adroit Elizabeth I.

As always, Weir offers a fresh perspective on a period that has spawned many of the most enduring myths in English history, combining the best of the historian's and the biographer's art.

"Like anthropology, history and biography can demonstrate unfamiliar ways of feeling and being. Alison Weir's sympathetic collective biography, The Children of Henry VIII does just that, reminding us that human nature has changed--and for the better. . . . Weir imparts movement and coherence while re-creating the suspense her characters endured and the suffering they inflicted."
--The New York Times Book Review  


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User Review  - briandrewz - LibraryThing

A very engaging biography of Henry VIII's children. The title is somewhat misleading in that it doesn't talk about his illegitimate son, Henry FitzRoy, and includes another Tudor descendant, Lady Jane ... Read full review

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User Review  - PhilSyphe - LibraryThing

One of the most appealing aspects about this lengthy tome is the author’s ability to write similar to how someone presenting a history documentary might talk. In other words, this doesn’t feature an ... Read full review

Contents

28 January 1547 23
21
The Kings Uncles
27
Amorous Intrigues
41
A Royal Scandal
65
The Most Unstable Man in England
81
Keeping the Faith
102
Pining Away
130
Jane and Mary 7 Jane the Queen 157
155
Heretics and Traitors
227
Much Suspected of Me
247
The Spanish Marriage
268
True Religion Restored
287
A Miracle Will Come to Pass
301
Bloody Mary
318
Little Children Like Angels
341
Elizabeth
362

Gods Miracle
170
Mary and Elizabeth 9 A Merciful Princess 195
193
The Marriages of Princes
211
The Heirs of Henry VIII
376
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About the author (2011)

Alison Weir is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous historical biographies, including The Lost Tudor Princess, Elizabeth of York, Mary Boleyn, The Lady in the Tower, Mistress of the Monarchy, Henry VIII, Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Life of Elizabeth I, and The Six Wives of Henry VIII, and the novels Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession; Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen; The Marriage Game; A Dangerous Inheritance; Captive Queen; The Lady Elizabeth; and Innocent Traitor. She lives in Surrey, England, with her husband.

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