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Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIIIby David Starkey
Synopses & Reviews
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 elevateda 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 spell
New facts and fresh interpretations are blended into a spell
Profiles the six marriages of King Henry VIII against the political drama of the Tudor era, tracing his relatively stable twenty-four-year first marriage to Catherine of Aragon and subsequent whirlwind decade of new brides, including two who were executed. Reprint.
Table of Contents
Introduction — Henry's weddings — I. Queen Catherine of Aragon — II. Rival queens — Divorcing Catherine ; Anne Boleyn ; Jane Seymour — III. Later queens — Conversation ; Anne of Cleves ; Catherine Howard ; Catherine Parr.
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