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The Six Wives of Henry VIII
     

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

by David Loades
 

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The story of Henry VIII and his six wives has passed from history into legend – taught in the cradle as a cautionary tale and remembered in adulthood as an object lesson in the dangers of marrying into royalty. The true story behind the legend, however, remains obscure to most people, whose knowledge of the affair begins and ends with the aide memoire

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The story of Henry VIII and his six wives has passed from history into legend – taught in the cradle as a cautionary tale and remembered in adulthood as an object lesson in the dangers of marrying into royalty. The true story behind the legend, however, remains obscure to most people, whose knowledge of the affair begins and ends with the aide memoire ‘Divorced, executed, died, divorce, executed, survived’.

David Loades’ masterly book recounts the whole sorry tale in detail from Henry’s first marriage, to his brother’s widow Catherine of Aragon, to more or less contented old age in the care of the motherly Catherine Parr.

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In a text of 150 pages, adorned with excellent illustrations... Loades does offer us interesting insights into a repulsive yet constantly fascinating personality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781445618975
Publisher:
Amberley Publishing
Publication date:
12/19/2014
Edition description:
2nd Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
855,885
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

David Loades is Emeritus Professor of the University of Wales and an Honorary Member of the University of Oxford, History Faculty. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, Vice-President of the Navy Record Society and former President of the Ecclesiastical History Society. He is the author of over thirty books on the sixteenth century, specializing on the Tudors. He lives in Burford in Oxfordshire.

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