Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII by David StarkeySix Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII by David Starkey

Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII

byDavid Starkey

Paperback | May 4, 2004

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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.

David Starkey is the Bye Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and winner of the W. H. Smith Prize and the Norton Medlicott Medal for Services to History presented by Britain's Historical Association. He is best known for writing and presenting the groundbreaking and hugely popular series Elizabeth and The Six Wives of Henry VIII. ...
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Title:Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIIIFormat:PaperbackDimensions:880 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.41 inPublished:May 4, 2004Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from good This book is all about the wives not su much about Henri the VIII. Great way to understand the differences and styles of each lady. Not always easy to hear about their down falls though.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was the beginning... This book sparked a love of Tudor history for me, its beyond fascinating. I've re read this book a number of times and will continue to do so. If you want to learn about Henry VIII and his wives, this is a great book to start with!
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Full of historical information. Starkey does an excellent job of compiling information about the wives of Henry VIII and painting an intimate portrait of these women. If you are interested in a preview of the book, Starkey did a documentary series by the same name with PBS, by the same name, several years ago. There are some places when the writing is a little dry and it is clear that Starkey is biased in his views of each wife and this does colour his descriptions of these women. However, if you want a good compilation of facts about these women this is a great source.
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great detail, but tiring This book presents an astounding amount of factual information about all six of Henry VIII's wives, but focusses a great deal on Katherine and Anne Boelyn. I found the foreshadowing to be tiring, and the details were sometimes just too much. If you want a book that has a LOT of information about the six wives, this is a great option, especially for a paper or essay. However, if you are simply interested in a royal biography, or reading about the Tudors, this is not my first recommendation. A better choice for an easier read is The Six Wives of Henry VIII (see recommended similar titles), or if you even just want a fiction book about the characters, see Philippa Gregory's novels.
Date published: 2008-06-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tiring Based on the title, one would expect more detail about Henry's wives than Starkey presents. The author's sexist language, attempts at foreshadowing (we know how it turns out), and jabs at other authors are distracting and annoying. The book is totally saturated with information that I found exhausting to wade through at times. Overall, reasonably entertaining and very informative, but does not give enough attention to the actual subject matter of the book, the wives.
Date published: 2008-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Somewhat entertaining To be honest, it's a little boring which I thought would be difficult to accomplish with the Tudors, and I had to machete my way through Catherine Parr, but it is absolutely saturated with information and tidbits that you wouldn't have thought would exist. It's worth it, believe me; I'm educated in British monarchial history, especially the Tudors, and this is relevant and accurate.
Date published: 2008-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from informative i have always found the intricacies of the political manoeuverings of the Tudor age, especially the divorce of Henry 8 and the fall of Wolsey, to be difficult to understand. David Starkey has made all clear. My only nitpick is the little asides as he finds fault with his historian rivals, which I found pointless and distracting. Overall i heartily recommend this book.
Date published: 2008-01-22

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