The Mistresses of Henry VIII

Front Cover
History Press, 2009 - History - 224 pages
12 Reviews

Seventeen-year-old Henry VIII was "a youngling, he cares for nothing but girls and hunting." Over the years, this didn’t 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 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 16th 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.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: The Mistresses of Henry VIII

User Review  - Goodreads

The book does contain some information that was new to me about the documented mistresses, particularly Elizabeth Blount and Mary Boleyn. But there's also a lot on the wives that is dealt with better ... Read full review

Review: The Mistresses of Henry VIII

User Review  - Goodreads

Interesting read about an interestinhour king Read full review


Henry and His Women
The Teenage King

17 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Kelly Hart is an English and history teacher.

Bibliographic information