No one in history had a more eventful career in matrimony than Henry VIII. His marriages were daring and tumultuous, and made instant legends of six very different women. In this remarkable study, David Starkey argues that the king was not a depraved philanderer but someone seeking happiness -- and a son. Knowingly or not, he elevateda group of women to extraordinary heights and changed the way a nation was governed. Six Wives is a masterful work of history that intimately examines the rituals of diplomacy, marriage, pregnancy, and religion that were part of daily life for women at the Tudor Court. Weaving new facts and fresh interpretations into a spellbinding account of the emotional drama surrounding Henry's six marriages, David Starkey reveals the central role that the queens played in determining policy. With an equally keen eye for romantic and political intrigue, he brilliantly recaptures the story of Henry's wives and the England they ruled.
arlenefinniganThe comedian Mark Steel once said "when I was at school we had a rhyme to help us remember Henry VIII's wives:'divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived". It'll be a lot easier for kids studying the modern Royal family:' divorced, divorced, divorced, divorced, divorced, crashed. '"4mo
Maggie_ReadsOh man, I tried to read this a few years ago but I bailed. He had great info and it was well researched but it read like a dry textbook to me so I DNF it.4mo
Librarybelle@Maggie_Reads I‘ve heard that about this one - very dry writing. I haven‘t read it yet. Dryness in tone doesn‘t bother me, but I also need to be in the right mindset to read something dry. If I‘m super stressed or anxious, I can‘t read dry texts.4mo
Henry thinks #LayAllYourLoveOnMe . But, his idea of love is kind of skewed. He demands complete devotion from his wives, but he doesn‘t necessarily have to return it. Starkey writes an incredible history of Henry‘s six wives. #ABBAinAugust