The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

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Read The Six Wives of Henry VIII Online Free - 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.



Title : The Six Wives of Henry VIII
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ISBN : 0802136834
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 643 pages


Reviews


karen rated it ★★★☆☆

December 09, 2009

i have never before spent so long reading a book and having less to say about it at the end. before reading this book, what i knew about henry VIII came mostly from one pbs (week-long)special and the herman's hermits song, which turns out to be historically inaccurate and not actually about henry...


Madeline rated it ★★★★☆

May 21, 2008

Extensively researched and fascinating - a must-read for anyone interested in the women behind Henry VIII, aka the patron saint of man-whores. (I just made that up on the spot, but it works so I'm keeping it) Weir isn't completely unbiased in her description of Henry and his various women, but I c...


Lavande rated it ★★★★☆

October 16, 2009

Watch "The Other Boleyn Girl." Then watch an episode of "The Tudors." Afterward, immediately go to confession for such shameful and useless acts. Do penance by reading "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" to save your soul lest ye go through life thinking that the Tudors were all about bad acting and aw...


Jane rated it ★★★★★

May 02, 2013

Where I got the book: purchased on Amazon UK. Ah, I do enjoy an Alison Weir. I am not enough of a historian to have Opinions about history, so my comments are about the writing rather than historical merit, and the writing is good. Weir is always lively and entertaining, perfect for a recreational...


Chrissie rated it ★★★★☆

October 18, 2017

A Kirkus review I read ages and ages ago, back in those days when their reviews were reliable, i.e. before it had been purchased by a publishing company whose aim is to sell books, said the book was meticulously researched but a bit dry. So unfortunately, I put it off until now. I did not find it...


Tania rated it ★★★★☆

September 12, 2014

I’ve read some Phillipa Gregory and Hillary Mantel titles about Henry VIII and was totally entranced. Which is weird because I’m Afrikaans, live in South Africa, and never even had history at school. The only problem with the historical fiction titles, is that they only deal with one or two wives...


Camilla rated it ★★★★★

March 08, 2009

This prodigiious work on the wives of King Henry the 8th of England is so well written. It reads like a novel of suspense, passion, treachery, European History, betrayal, obedience, faith, God and love. It did what I really enjoy in books--made me want to read more about other characters mention...


Alexander rated it ★★★★★

October 01, 2016

Henry VIII, England's most famous and rougish king, takes somewhat of a back seat (though still figures prominently) while his six wives (their courtship, marriage, and their fate) are front and center by one of England's most preeminent storyteller of royal history. Intrigue, duplicity, executio...


Sotiris rated it ★★★★☆

February 27, 2017

Ένα πολύ ενδιαφέρον βιβλίο που αφηγείται τη σχεδόν θρυλική ιστορία των έξι γυναικών που είχαν την τύχη - ή την ατυχία αν προτιμάτε - να στεφθούν βασίλισσες στο πλευρό του Ερρίκου του 8ου. Μέσα από την ιστορία αυτών των γυναικών η συγγραφέας μας μεταφέρει με εξαιρετικό τρόπο στην ταραγμένη εποχή...


Brittany rated it ★★★★☆

August 25, 2011

This was a very lucidly written and entertaining history of Henry VIII's six wives. Weir's style is straightforward and factual, but her warm, wry tone come through occasionally in her word choice. This makes for a very conversational story, easy to follow, and engaging. In fact, it's what I had...





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