The Six Wives of Henry VIII

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Dec 1, 2007 - History - 656 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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This exhaustive effort by the author does not prove an exhausting experience for the reader - not for this one, anyway. Rather, this heavy tome is an engaging and informative, filled with details of ... Read full review

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While this book started out fairly dry, I quickly got drawn into the story. I love the fact that the author put so much effort into giving an un-biased account of these six women even though it was ... Read full review

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Contents

The princess from Spain
15
A true and loving husband
27
Our daughter remains as she was here
39
Pain and annoyance
49
Sir Loyal Heart and the Tudor court
71
A chaste and concordant wedlock
103
The great matter
141
Mistress Anne
143
Like one given by God
339
How many wives will he have?
375
I like her not
377
Rose without a thorn
431
Worthy and just punishment
459
Never a wife more agreeable to his heart
483
Under the planets at Chelsea
533
Bibliography
573

A thousand Wolseys for one Anne Boleyn
171
It is my affair
211
Happiest of Women
245
Shall I die without justice?
303
Genealogical Tables
611
Index
621
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About the author (2007)

Alison Weir was born in London, England on July 8, 1951. She 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. Her other books include 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. Her other novels include The Lady Elizabeth, The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn, The Captive Queen, A Dangerous Inheritance, and Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen.

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