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The Sisters Of Henry Viii
     

The Sisters Of Henry Viii

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by Maria Perry
 

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Henry VIII's sisters, neglected by generations of historians, affected the lives of their contemporaries much more forcefully than did any of their brother's famous six wives. In The Sisters of Henry VIII, Maria Perry brings history alive by examining the lives of these extraordinary women and their influence on Europe in the Tudor Age. Margaret became

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Henry VIII's sisters, neglected by generations of historians, affected the lives of their contemporaries much more forcefully than did any of their brother's famous six wives. In The Sisters of Henry VIII, Maria Perry brings history alive by examining the lives of these extraordinary women and their influence on Europe in the Tudor Age. Margaret became queen of Scotland at age thirteen; family members arranged beautiful Mary's betrothal to the aging king of France when she was twelve. But both women chose their second husbands for love: Margaret married and divorced twice after Henry's advancing armies slaughtered her first husband and kidnapped her children; Mary risked execution by proposing to the handsome duke of Suffolk. Groundbreaking in both depth and scope, Perry's work rescues two remarkable princesses from the shadows of history and offers a fresh interpretation of a royal family and an era sure to fascinate readers of Alison Weir and Antonia Fraser.

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A highly detailed history of intricate dynastic political tangles among England, Scotland, and their European neighbors during the 16th century. English actress, journalist, and historian Perry transports readers to a far-off time as she acquaints us with Henry VIII's lesser-known relatives. The author delves deeply into contemporary sources from an age when royal marriages played a dominant role in the art of politics. She captures the pageantry of power politics in a time when nobility competed with lavish displays of great wealth and conspicuous consumption that in itself suggested power and prestige among the royal houses of Europe. Margaret Tudor, Henry's elder sister, was widowed when James IV of Scotland died attacking the English at Flodden Field, a Scottish disaster. She later married a Douglas, Lord Angus, an enemy of the volatile Scottish ruling clans, causing herself much angst while fleeing danger with her two sons, potential heirs to the English throne. After a life of turmoil in near-anarchic Scotland, she is remembered as the grandmother of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, and great-grandmother of James VI of Scotland, who became James I of England. Mary Tudor, Henry's younger sister, married the aged Louis XII of France, became a widow shortly thereafter, then wed the duke of Suffolk, producing more pretenders to the throne. Henry's marriage to Anne Boleyn divided the country as many admired the devout, rejected Katharine of Aragon. Thankfully, the book includes a "House of Tudor" chart that will help general readers sort out the crowded cast of characters who shaped many of the leading events of the age. Perry's insightful account of the king's sisters and their timesmight well provide currently Tudor-infatuated Hollywood with a good source for future movies and miniseries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306809897
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
352,897
Product dimensions:
0.68(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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Maria Perry is the author of many books, including her acclaimed biography of Elizabeth I, The Word of a Prince. She lives in London.

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mermaidchick More than 1 year ago
This book was a quick read. Very interesting and full of information....mostly about king Henry. I didn't read much about his sister Mary at all. There was I'd say one full chapter about Margaret which was very interesting but most this book was focused around Henry more then his sisters. And that was the real reason I bought this book. I was dissapointed that there wasn't more about them since the book stated it was the Sisters of Henry VIII. I learned more about who had who, the family tree but I wish there was more about there lives then what was writen.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so insightful into the lives of these less famous Tudor personages! Beautifully descript and well documented, it offers an astute glance into a romanticized past and into the lives of two women who were courageous and bold in their very different ways.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have all my life loved to read English history up until the death of Elizabeth, so of course, I wanted this new one. I had never read Maria Perry's books before, but I knew I had found a jewel when at the end of the first chapter 'when Prince Henry realized that as a queen his sister (Margaret) would now take precedence over him, he wept with rage.' Concentrating on these two sisters who became queens in their own right, made the history of the period much more full and rich to me. I understood more of the politics,and it was fun. I go all the way back to Thomas B. Costain's series in l949. This book is at the top of my list to learn more and enjoy at the same time.