Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII
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 --... show more
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.
Publish date: May 4th 2004
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 880
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Biography Memoir
, European History
, World History
, 16th Century
I despise this man. I cannot imagine what it must have been like to be in his court.
This book was really everything I look for in a non-fiction book about history. It was so engagingly written that it could have been non-fiction, but sources were all cited and deviations from accepted wisdom among Henry VIII scholars were mentioned. The story was presented chronologically, with a f...
Didn't contain any new info or insights.
At times this was a biography that was so burdened down with details and extrapolations that I kept getting bogged down. Still -- don't let that stop you! Considering how much myth, mistruth, and outright fabrications there are about the Tudors these days, this is still one of the better biographies...