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Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII

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Adultery, betrayal, scandal, murder, and tragedy abound in this elegantly written history of the wives of the Tudor King. The author makes the story fresh and offers new insights into the role played by each very different woman.
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No one in history had a more eventful career in matrimony than Henry VIII. His marriages were daring and tumultuous, and made instant legends of six very different women. In this remarkable study, David Starkey argues that the king was not a depraved philanderer but someone seeking happiness — and a son. Knowingly or not, he elevated a group of women to extraordinary heights and changed the way a nation was governed.

Six Wives is a masterful work of history that intimately examines the rituals of diplomacy, marriage, pregnancy, and religion that were part of daily life for women at the Tudor Court. Weaving new facts and fresh interpretations into a spellbinding account of the emotional drama surrounding Henry's six marriages, David Starkey reveals the central role that the queens played in determining policy. With an equally keen eye for romantic and political intrigue, he brilliantly recaptures the story of Henry's wives and the England they ruled.

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"Truly, this is history made as fluent and compelling as excellent fiction." Booklist (Starred Review)

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"A rich account....[E]minently interesting if sometimes overly detailed....A boon to fans of English royal history, full of murder and mayhem, but also of solid analysis of a maddeningly complicated era." Kirkus Reviews

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"Caught between scholarly work and storytelling, the book gives us high drama at a languid pace, with overwhelming detail often slowing the narrative....[A] strong, entertaining and occasionally audacious interpretation." Publishers Weekly

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"Solidly researched and delightfully told, this is highly recommended." Library Journal

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"Exciting....Very acute....It is so gripping that one finishes it wishing it were even longer." Mail on Sunday (U.K.)

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"Extraordinary....With each queen, Starkey offers a vivid character study." Sunday Times (London)

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"Acute and imaginative....[Starkey's] communication of subtle points in simple and vivid language is masterly." Sunday Telegraph (London)

Review:

"Brilliant....Six Wives provides an intriguing new perspective on this key period in English history." Daily Telegraph (London)

Synopsis:

New facts and fresh interpretations are blended into a spellbinding account of the emotional drama and political intrigue that attended Henry's marriages.

About the Author

David Starkey is the Bye Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and the author of Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne. A winner of the W. H. Smith Prize and the Norton Medlicott Medal for Services to History presented by Britain's Historical Association, Mr. Starkey lives in London.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Family Trees
Introduction
Henry's Weddings 1
Pt. 1 Queen Catherine of Aragon 11
Pt. 2 Rival Queens 197
Divorcing Catherine 197
Anne Boleyn 257
Jane Seymour 584
Pt. 3 The Later Queens 611
Anne of Cleves 617
Catherine Howard 644
Catherine Parr 690
Notes 766
Index 819

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ErinnHill, November 9, 2007 (view all comments by ErinnHill)
I thought this book was amazing, and the author's voice certainly comes through in the text. I enjoyed learning the little known facts that he had to offer and reading his input on the historical women. It was overall, a great read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060005504
Author:
Starkey, David
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
by David Starkey
Author:
Hunter, Erin
Author:
Savard, Nanette
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Royalty
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
Great Britain - History - Henry VIII, 1509-
Subject:
Queens -- Great Britain.
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
May 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
880
Dimensions:
8.06x5.32x1.55 in. 1.58 lbs.

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Related Subjects

Biography » Historical
Biography » Royalty
Biography » Women
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » Tudor to Stuart Period
History and Social Science » World History » England » Historical Biographies
History and Social Science » World History » England » Royalty

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Product details 880 pages Perennial - English 9780060005504 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Adultery, betrayal, scandal, murder, and tragedy abound in this elegantly written history of the wives of the Tudor King. The author makes the story fresh and offers new insights into the role played by each very different woman.

"Review" by , "Truly, this is history made as fluent and compelling as excellent fiction."
"Review" by , "A rich account....[E]minently interesting if sometimes overly detailed....A boon to fans of English royal history, full of murder and mayhem, but also of solid analysis of a maddeningly complicated era."
"Review" by , "Caught between scholarly work and storytelling, the book gives us high drama at a languid pace, with overwhelming detail often slowing the narrative....[A] strong, entertaining and occasionally audacious interpretation."
"Review" by , "Solidly researched and delightfully told, this is highly recommended."
"Review" by , "Exciting....Very acute....It is so gripping that one finishes it wishing it were even longer."
"Review" by , "Extraordinary....With each queen, Starkey offers a vivid character study."
"Review" by , "Acute and imaginative....[Starkey's] communication of subtle points in simple and vivid language is masterly."
"Review" by , "Brilliant....Six Wives provides an intriguing new perspective on this key period in English history."
"Synopsis" by , New facts and fresh interpretations are blended into a spellbinding account of the emotional drama and political intrigue that attended Henry's marriages.
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