The Six Wives of Henry VIII

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

by Alison Weir


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ISBN-13: 9780802136831
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/28/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 77,465
Product dimensions: 9.14(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.42(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Alison Weir lives and works near Peebles in Scotland. Her books include Britain's Royal Families, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Children of England, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry VIII: King and Court.

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kamiPA More than 1 year ago
after watching The Tudors, i wanted to go more in depth and had heard good things about Alison Weir's works. I loved the book and went through it very quickly. was fascinated that even though The Tudors is largely dramatized for entertainment value, quite a few of the details in the book are shown in the series. it keeps you enthralled like a fiction book, all the while enlightening you to life during Henry VIII's reign. the backgrounds on each wife were very detailed and really painted a portrait of each that helped enlighten how they came to their (mostly) unfortunate ends. since reading this book, i have followed up with The Children of Henry VIII and just finished The Life of Elizabeth I. Am now starting Mary, Queen of Scots, with The War of the Roses waiting in the wings! will probably check out Ms. Weir's other books as well - including Henry VIII that i got for my dad for his birthday when he's finished! I would highly reccomend this book for anyone interested in learning more about the life and times during the reign of Henry VIII.
Cindyoz More than 1 year ago
Alison Weir presents a modern perspective on an ancient topic-King Henry VIII. It is refreshing to revisit topics with the new bent-why was Henry so obsessed with wives? What are the true possible medical reasons behind his never having begotten a son with Anne Boleyn? Was Anne truly the sordid character that many have said she was? Was he truly the lecherous old man as he is often portrayed? Alison presents this bit of history in an enlightened modern day format. This read is so palatable that it was the impetus for my reading as much about English monarchies as I possibly could. Bravo, Alison. Well done. A must-read!
BooBooAZ More than 1 year ago
This is not a "dummies" type book but Alison Weir has made English history not only easy but exciting, compelling and absorbing to read. Her research is impeccable; the dialogue is based on historical fact; and when not verifiable she makes it known. A wonderful companion to this is her "The Children of Henry VIII."
Tudor_Fan More than 1 year ago
Henry VII caused many divisions in his quest to have a male heir. However, the psychological problems endured by his surviving children due to his bastardizing of his daughters would cause many more problems. His heir Edward VI didn't live long enough to have the true power of the King, his youth became a great tool for those that wanted to carry out their own agendas in the young King's name. This is aptly noted when upon the death of Henry VII, his will on how Edward's council was to be made up is not carried out due to this battle for power. Of course the Seymour brothers jealousies and ambitions play a great role in this battle. Issues even followed Mary I and Elizabeth who were forever linked to plots by those wanting to return England to the See of Rome and those viweing Elizabeth as the deliverer of the Protestant faith. The way the author interelates the lives of each heir places the reades in the halls of English palaces, the streets of England and in the midset of each ruler as they struggle with the many issues that develop around them. It just makes you wonder what if Mary would've been better treated and prepared in her youth, would she been a much stronger ruler than she eventually became. In a way her hunt for heretics was like her father's actions on the catholics. Elizabeth seems to have been also adversely affected in her reluctance to marry and in developing a very astute mind so as not to get easily influenced into actions that would damage her standing as the ruler following Mary. Her father's execution and treatment of his wives undoubtedly had an effect on her reluctance to marry or be dependent on anyone but herself. This book is a very engulfing quick read for anyone who has been facinated by Henry VII via Showtime's: The Tudors or just for any fan of this facinating period of history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books I ever read! It is very detailed and has lots of information. I recommend this book to any Tudor lover.
Sweet_MelissaMN More than 1 year ago
A must, if you're interested in the Tudor dynasty. Alison Weir makes non-fiction interesting, and read like fiction.
jbraetzke More than 1 year ago
Weir manages to provide the reader with incredibly detailed information about the lives of these amazing women. There are times when this can be problematic as she can focus on the minutiae of a banquet, for example, and continues at length describing banal experiences only an expert on this subject would find interesting. However, my experience with this book was more akin to reading a historical novel rather than a stodgy historical text. If you're interested in the subject I would highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really good! I was intimidated to read it because I thought it would read like a text book. However, I could not put it down. King Henry VIII lived a crazy life and Weir does an amazing job bringing it to life! I felt like I was at the Tudor court!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this one of Alison Weir's best books. I read it in about 2 weeks while I was watching The Tudors on DVD. I couldn't put the book down. Granted, Henri VIII's life is stranger than fiction, but many writers tend to ramble on about unnecessary details when it comes to non-fiction. It's a book that really makes you wonder about the karmic lessons in the various charachters lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most dull and boring books I have read since reading droll text books in school. It jumps around way to much. Just when you think that thr story of this wife is done, she takes you back in time to repeat the story again. I am truly sorry I purchased this one. I have read many books on this subject, this being the most boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, love Allison Weir. Reads like fiction- it's so interesting. One of my favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am usually an avid fiction reader and find non-fiction of this time period filled with dates and names that all sound the same. I have to admit that I could not put this book down. I was captivating and made you feel as though you were right there in the court of Henry VIII. Allison Weir writes from a non-biased point of view and presents the facts with poise and drama. It was fantastic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alison Weir's The Six Wives of Henry VIII is a highly reable account of the life and times of the six fasinating women who were married to one of England's most famous monarch's. While the account is very detailed it is puzziling that Weir left out some facts like after Katherine of Aragon's first miscarriage her stomach did not shrink and it was believed that she was carrying twins and the diasterious first meeting between Anne of Cleves and Henry VIII where the bride-to-be failed to recoginze the king who was in disguise souring the marriage before it started. But still highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was actually sad to end this book. This is a long book, but it is written with such fluidity and historical insight that I found myself easily reading into the whee hours of the morning. However, I do think that women might enjoy this book more a bit more. I highly recommend!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Weir was able to clear up misconceptions that I had, which I think are common among novice historians. This is an excellent book that is fair, not harping or condemning the wives. I think it was also fair to Henry VIII. You can love him and loathe him in the same breathe. If you want to learn about English history, this is an excellent angle to look at it from. It is well worth the time to read. I was engrossed in their lives and the history. I did very little skimming and that really says alot! Buy and keep as reference.
tokuchi77 on LibraryThing 27 days ago
It is true story. And very easy to read.I was so surprised about the king had six wives. So many.But I feel some rady poor because they were sent to London tour.Only she cannot bore the baby boy.I strongly feel that I am happy to live this age.
ZoharLaor on LibraryThing 27 days ago
This book is an interesting history and chronology of the court of Henry VIII, his love life and court intrigue. No wonder Showtime is doing a show about the Tudors; no fiction writer could make this up. This book helps understand the dilemmas Henry VIII was under, dispel myths about him (and royalty) and creates some new ones.Ms. Weir does a fantastic job of bringing historical figures to life, telling us about the women behind the names with intelligence and zest. The author is careful to distinguish between fact and fiction, and even more careful to inform the reader about "educated guesses".
jackelly on LibraryThing 27 days ago
I was extremely interested in Henry VIII's life, but always confused by the timeline. This book was amazing for being in chronological order and the details. It is a large book, but surprisingly a page turner for a historical biography. His life is very interesting, and Allison Weir tries to stay as unbiased as possible, she actually makes you understand why he felt the need to marry so many times, he needed a son. Her writing is amazing and I am now starting on her other biographies. This is a must read for anyone interested in Tudor or British History.
Pretear on LibraryThing 27 days ago
The bibliography is at the end instead of cited throughout which means that this book is more for fun than it is for serious study. That being said, I'm no longer seriously studying history so it doesn't really make a difference, the book was excellent. It's just that old habits die hard and I found myself wanting to look at the original sources - which of course is ridiculous. It's was very interesting to read this book and watch the HBO series at the same time. Overall they're doing a good job of balancing artistic license/entertainment value and historical accuracy. I'm really looking forward to how they're going to handle Anne Boleyn's alleged crimes, trial, and execution next season. (This review was written before that season, having now seen that season, I really liked the way HBO did it.) As for the entertainment value of the book, I don't think you need to be into history to enjoy this. Historians criticize Alison Weir for making assumptions not based on solid fact, but she makes it clear that these are her interpretations of the events, the reader can make the same assumptions or different ones. I recommend it to anyone who likes a sordid plot line and a beheading or two. (For the record, while I enjoy reading about him, Henry the VIII was a d-bag.)
ovistine on LibraryThing 27 days ago
A great, in-depth look at Henry VIII and his six wives, with a nicely objective view toward all of them. Beautifully researched, lots of fun to read, definitely a great resource for anyone who's curious about these fascinating women.
mattrutherford on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Hmmm... I'm really tempted to class this as historical fiction, given the many, many liberties Weir takes with her sources. In fact, I presumed it WAS historical fiction at first and enjoyed it immensely as such. However, I see that both in LC and here, it's classed as history, so I'll bow to the will of the majority and class it as such myself. I just have a problem reading "history" that doesn't have footnotes! Weir tries to make up for this by her folksy bibliography at the end, and maybe she really could have footnoted everything she wrote. Nonetheless, it sure seemed like she knew an awful lot about everyone's state of mind, far more than contemporaneous sources would have recorded. Chronicles of the period, albeit all we have to go on, are notoriously biased and exaggerated as well. I'll give it 4 stars. 3 stars as history, 5 stars as historical fiction.
Angelic55blonde on LibraryThing 27 days ago
I love Alison Weir so my review might be a little biased. Since I have read a great deal of her other works I jumped at buying this book. It covers all six of Henry VIII's wives using a great deal of research. Predictably, Ms. Weir focuses the majority of the book on his first two, most famous wives Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. The rest of the book somewhat flies through the rest of the wives, especially his third wife who died shortly after childbirth so her reign was quite short.This is a long book and it is heavily laded with facts and dates but I love that. It is very informative and entertaining. It is not a boring book by any means. If you want a comprehensive study of all of Henry VIII's wives, then pick up this book.
carriebell85 on LibraryThing 27 days ago
This book is an excellent biography about six very different women. Very readable, even for those who are not familiar with the story of Henry VIII and his wives. I highly recommend this book!
readfeed on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Read this after Mantel's historical fiction Wolf Hall, an impossible act to follow. However, it's a great introduction to the period, although Weir's sympathy for Anne Boleyn really annoyed me.
JohnLundy on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Hank 8 and his wives make Jon and Kate Gosselin look like a Sunday school picnic.This history is well-written and exhaustively researched, with a little more of the research included in the book than I would have chosen. (All those clothes ... )Alison Weir wants us to see that there was more substance to VIII than we might have presumed. "Taking into account the ever-present problem of the succession, it is impossible to dismiss Henry VIII as the cruel lecher of popular legend who changed wives whenever it pleased him."Yes, but after reading "The Six Wives," I still didn't like him very much.I did like Katherine of Aragon, Jane Seymour and Katherine Parr, and I liked Anne of Cleves best of all. Anne Boleyn not so much. As for Katherine Howard, I couldn't exactly say that I liked her, but she was too young to be held responsible. She was certainly too young -- even in that era -- to be held accountable enough to lose her head.