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The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Author: Alison Weir
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 wom...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780802136831
ISBN-10: 0802136834
Publication Date: 3/10/2000
Pages: 643
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Publisher: Grove Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 5
I first read this book in 1996 and it (along with Margaret George's novel, "The Autobiography of Henry VIII") turned me into a full-blown Tudor maniac.

Henry VIII's six wives were fascinating people, and Alison Weir truly brings them to life. Who knew Anne of Cleves, who had the shortest marriage, would end up the luckiest of Henry's wives? Or that Katherine Parr nearly went to the block, like two queens before her? Besides telling the stories of royalty, Weir's book is chock-full of fascinating tidbits on what life was like in those times.

The book is easy to read yet backed up thoroughly by research and scholarship -- a perfect book for someone who finds history dry and unreadable. Through the engaging biographies of the six wives, Weir illuminates the history of Henry himself and the tumultuous times in which he lived.
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Helpful Score: 4
I love this author, and I find her books to be well researched. Her writing is very engaging. This is more of the story of each wife. The book "A King and His Court" would be better if you are interested in Henry himself. Although, this does give some insight to Henry, as it details the decision making(or lack thereof) of picking each wife.
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I found this book to be very informative. Much is known about the King's first two wives, and was nice to learn more about the other four. Also gave very interesting information on his children, as well as members of the court. Author's style of writing is easy to understand, and the book flows smoothly. Highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the Tudors.
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