The Children of Henry VIII

The Children of Henry VIII

eBook - 2008
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"Fascinating . . . Alison Weir does full justice to the subject."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer

At his death in 1547, King Henry VIII left four heirs to the English throne: his only son, the nine-year-old Prince Edward; the Lady Mary, the adult daughter of his first wife Katherine of Aragon; the Lady Elizabeth, the teenage daughter of his second wife Anne Boleyn; and his young great-niece, the Lady Jane Grey. In this riveting account Alison Weir paints a unique portrait of these extraordinary rulers, examining their intricate relationships to each other and to history. She traces the tumult that followed Henry's death, from the brief intrigue-filled reigns of the boy king Edward VI and the fragile Lady Jane Grey, to the savagery of "Bloody Mary," and finally the accession of the politically adroit Elizabeth I.

As always, Weir offers a fresh perspective on a period that has spawned many of the most enduring myths in English history, combining the best of the historian's and the biographer's art.

"Like anthropology, history and biography can demonstrate unfamiliar ways of feeling and being. Alison Weir's sympathetic collective biography, The Children of Henry VIII does just that, reminding us that human nature has changed--and for the better. . . . Weir imparts movement and coherence while re-creating the suspense her characters endured and the suffering they inflicted."
--The New York Times Book Review  

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Baker & Taylor
Provides an in-depth look at the major political happenings that occured following the death of Henry VIII, delving into the roles of his heirs--Edward, "Bloody" Mary, and Elizabeth I--in regard to England and the monarchy as a whole. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2008
Edition: Ballantine Books Trade Pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780307806864
Characteristics: 1 online resource : ill


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Jul 28, 2017

I give this a five star rating. It is RARE that I totally read a book of this genre. Usually, I find them a little dry and I do lots and lots of skimming. This is the first book that I have actually sat down for hours and READ, not SKIMMED. The author held my attention and that is kind of hard to do with me with this type of book. While I can read fiction, mysteries and true crime books for hours, historical and biographical books, I find my mind pulling attention deficit disorder. I'm almost finished, with it at this moment, I think I have about 100 give or take pages left, and now, I'm wanting to read more detailed biographies about each of the three Tudor children. This is an excellent book to read and I recommend it to anyone wanting to get some info on the Tudor kids. The only thing that I kind of didn't like is that once Mary dies, there seems to be only a chapter on Elizabeth and that's it. I thought it would have gotten into her life, but, I suppose it would have made the book too unwieldy and too long. But, other than that, this is an excellent book, and the fact that it KEPT my attention, that's really something.

Jun 16, 2010

This is an excellent biography of Edward, Mary and Elizabeth at a crucial time in their life. The section on Jane Grey has been rendered obsolete by the excellent new book THE SISTERS WHO WOULD BE QUEEN.


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