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The Children of Henry VIII

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

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    Most informative on Edward, not much new news on the others

    Alison Weir has made a cottage industry writing about Henry VIII, his relatives, wives, court and time. As such, she is very familiar with the whole milieu of Henry's period and surroundings which gives depth to her books - it's obvious she knows more than she's putting into any one book. That being said, anyone who had read her other books concentrating on Henry's Queens or Elizabeth herself will not find much new or surprising in the chapters on Mary or Elizabeth. The real value of this book is the reevaluation of the reign of Edward VI; far from being the sickly pale boy of the common movie images, we are told of a far more dynamic (and healthy) young man on his way to emulating his father when a chance infection evidently undermines his health and leads to his permature demise. It is also quite illuminating on the topic of Jane Grey - her relationship to the royal family is much more clearly set out as well as the rapacious ambition of her family and her position as a pawn. I enjoyed this book as much as I did others of the Weirs' that I have read for the depth of scholarship and the attempt (mostly successful) at making these historical figures into real breathing people. I should also say that although Elizabeth has equal billing in the title with the other "children" she is given short shrift in this book, it ending with her ascension to the throne. This is rightly done, given her starring role in whole books about her alone, but perhaps somewhat misleading in titling this book.

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