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Divorced, Beheaded, Survived : A Feminist Reinterpretation of the Wives of Henry VIII

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The women who wed Henry VIII are remembered mainly for the ways their royal marriages ended: divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. This book helps to restore full humanity to these six fascinating women by applying the insights of feminist scholarship. Here they appear not as stereotypes, not simply as victims, but as lively, intelligent noblewomen doing their best to survive in a treacherous court. Divorced, Beheaded, Survived takes a revisionist look at 16th-century English politics (domestic ...
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Overview

The women who wed Henry VIII are remembered mainly for the ways their royal marriages ended: divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. This book helps to restore full humanity to these six fascinating women by applying the insights of feminist scholarship. Here they appear not as stereotypes, not simply as victims, but as lively, intelligent noblewomen doing their best to survive in a treacherous court. Divorced, Beheaded, Survived takes a revisionist look at 16th-century English politics (domestic and otherwise), reinterpreting the historical record in perceptive new ways. For example, it shows Ann Boleyn not as a seductress, but as a sophisticate who for years politely suffered what we would now label royal sexual harassment. It presents evidence that the princess Anne of Cleves, whom Henry declared ugly and banished from his bed, was in fact a pretty woman who agreed to the king's whim as her best hope for happiness.
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A fascinating, revisionist look at 16th century English politics (both public and private), examining the lives of Henry VIII's six wives as active personalities rather than merely as seductresses, unattractive hags, or ciphers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201408232
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Pages: 231
  • Sales rank: 724,174
  • Lexile: 1160L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Lindsey is coauthor of Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book and Dr. Susan Love's Hormone Book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2003

    Worth the Read

    I found this book to be quite interesting, givin the author's unique point of view. It really sheds the light on what women's lives were like during that time period. If you have already read books on this subject, it does not provide any new information, but it is fascinating to read the same facts from a feminist perspective.

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