The Other Tudors: Henry VIII's Mistresses and Bastards

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New Holland, 2009 - Great Britain - 327 pages
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Everybody thinks they know the tale of King Henry VIII's wives: divorced, beheaded died; divorced, beheaded, survived. But behind this familiar story, lies a far more complex truth. This book brings together for the first time the 'other women' of King Henry VIII. When he first came to the throne, Henry VIII's mistresses were dalliances, the playthings of a powerful and handsome man. However, when Anne Boleyn disrupted that pattern, ousting Katherine of Aragon to become Henry's wife, a new status quo was established. Suddenly noble families fought to entangle the king with their sisters and daughters; if wives were to be beheaded or divorced so easily, the mistress of the king was in an enviable position. While Henry VIII has frequently been portrayed as a womanizer, author Philippa Jones reveals a new side to his character. Although he was never faithful, Jones sees him as a serial monogamist: he spent his life in search of a perfect woman, a search that continued even as he lay dying when he was considering divorcing Catherine Parr thus leaving him free to marry Katherine d'Eresby. Yet he loved each of his wives and mistresses, he was a romantic who loved being in love, but none of these loves ever fully satisfied him; all were ultimately replaced. "The Other Tudors" examines the extraordinary untold tales of the women who Henry loved but never married, the mistresses who became queens and of his many children, both acknowledged and unacknowledged. Philippa Jones takes us deep into the web of secrets and deception at the Tudor Court and explores another, often unmentioned, side to the King's character.--Amazon.com.

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User Review  - tarheel96 - LibraryThing

I enjoyed some parts of the book, and other parts I felt tempted to skim. The tone of the book is definitely academic and not for those with merely passing or casual interest in the Tudor period. But ... Read full review

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User Review  - bridgetmarkwood - LibraryThing

Not bad. Some parts were great. Others... dragged a little. Will be good to have as a reference though. Nicely (even a little overly) researched on a few of the kids. Read full review

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