The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Paperback
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One of the most powerful monarchs in British history, Henry VIII ruled England in unprecedented splendour.

In this remarkable composite biography, Alison Weir brings Henry's six wives vividly to life, revealing each as a distinct and compelling personality in her own right.

Drawing upon the rich fund of documentary material from the Tudor period, The Six Wives of Henry VIII shows us a court where personal needs frequently influenced public events and where a life of gorgeously ritualised pleasure was shot through with ambition, treason and violence.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 656 pages, 1
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780099523628



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An easy to read history book about a fascinating topic. I learnt much more about tudor history than ever before without ever feeling that I was learning.

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This exhaustive effort by the author does not prove an exhausting experience for the reader - not for this one, anyway. Rather, this heavy tome is an engaging and informative, filled with details of the lives - and deaths - of Henry VIII'S six queen consorts.It may seem to many that Catherine Parr - the sixth wife - was the most fortunate of these queens; however, after reading this it becomes clear that wife number four - Anne of Cleves - had the best life of them all.It's also interesting to trace how the legendary Tudor monarch developed from a much-beloved sovereign to one of the most feared tyrants in English history.In short, this is a brilliantly-researched book written by a great author.