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4.000033869174 out of 54.000033869174 out of 54.000033869174 out of 54.000033869174 out of 54.000033869174 out of 5 4.00 (19,782 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alison Weir Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 1991 ISBN: 9781470325503
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The tempestuous, bloody, and splendid reign of Henry VIII of England (1509–1547) is one of the most fascinating in all history, not least for his marriage to six extraordinary women. In this accessible work of brilliant scholarship, Alison Weir draws on early biographies, letters, memoirs, account books, and diplomatic reports to bring these women to life. Catherine of Aragon emerges as a staunch though misguided woman of principle; Anne Boleyn, an ambitious adventuress with a penchant for vengeance; Jane Seymour, a strong-minded matriarch in the making; Anne of Cleves, a good-natured and innocent woman naively unaware of the court intrigues that determined her fate; Catherine Howard, an empty-headed wanton; and Catherine Parr, a warm-blooded bluestocking who survived King Henry to marry a fourth time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brilliantly written and meticulously researched.”  

    San Francisco Chronicle 

  • “Combines the accessibility of a popular history with the highest standards of scholarly thesis.”  

    Detroit News 

  • “A wonderfully detailed, extensively researched collective biography.” 

    School Library Journal 

  • “A comprehensive, factual version of the tempestuous private and public lives of Henry VIII and his six wives.”  

    Kirkus Reviews 

Listener Opinions

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 Michael | 1/29/2017

    " This was a really great book that covers all our great Tudor Queens. I only wish there had been a little more even detail on each Queen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashlee McPeak | 2/16/2014

    " Alison Weir gives the reader a fresh look at what happened during the life of Henry VIII. He was such an accomplished person and his marriages were just a piece of the larger picture. I feel that Weir gave each woman in his life a fair review without a biased perspective. I've personally read this book three times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 2/4/2014

    " Compelling multi-biography of six very different women and the man who married all of them. Katherine of Aragon is infuriating in her stubbornness, Anne Boleyn turns out to be more victim than we've been led to believe, and Anne of Cleves was incredibly nice given the unfair treatment she received at Henry's hands. These are just three of the fascinating women who step out from behind Henry's shadow in this book. Very highly recommended for anyone interested in British history, or if you're just looking for a good biography. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandi | 2/1/2014

    " For anybody obsessed with Henry VIII, this book is a must have. This is another one of those history books that read like a novel for me, loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathi Weber | 1/30/2014

    " So far its very good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tessa | 1/27/2014

    " Interesting, well written, balanced. These ladies were fascintating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryanne Dipasquale | 1/8/2014

    " This is also a cool book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sivan | 1/5/2014

    " I love, love, love this book. As I mentioned when I was only partly through it, it reads like fiction. Each of Henry VIII's wives are fascinating women in their own right. It has inspired me to want to go to England and see the homes and resting places of these women, it has inspired me to want to read more by this author, and it has ignited my already fiery passion for Tudor Engladn and this period in history. I now want to read about Elizabeth, Bloody Mary, Mary Queen of Scots, France during this time, Scotland during this time, Spain during this time - I want to read about it all! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue Carr | 12/31/2013

    " This is an engaging look at one of the most fascinating royal dynasties in British history. I've been interested in the Tudor dynasty for years, reading many of the Philippa Gregory works of historic fiction about the family and losing myself in such productions as Elizabeth (starring Cate Blanchett) and The Tudors. But I'd been hesitant to explore the Tudors in non-fiction, fearing a dry, academic style might squelch my enthusiasm. No need to fear. Alison Weir has a way of retelling the facts surrounding Henry and his many wives with just as much intrigue as any work of fiction. I found this to be an enthralling page-turner, and would highly recommend it to any fans of the Tudor realm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nowreen | 12/30/2013

    " highly entertaining and detailed. read like novel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candy | 12/26/2013

    " Great read. Not exactly your quintessential page turner, but it held my interest throughout. Nicely researched and well written. I love details, and this has an abundance. But not so many you get bogged down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luckngrace | 12/18/2013

    " If you watch the Tudors, read this for marvelous detail. It's probably a testbook, but there's nothing boring about Henry VIII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassandra | 12/13/2013

    " Season 3 of The Tudors started, and I could resist this book no longer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 12/7/2013

    " Great read - brutal time period. It was good to be king and scary for everyone else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Bolton | 12/4/2013

    " Alison Weir is a great writer of the Tudor period. When I was going through my "Tudor" reading stage I read everything I could on Henry VIII by Weir. This is an excellent book describing the lives and marriages of each of Henry's wives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 12/1/2013

    " This was pretty interesting to me. I liked all the detail and enjoyed that Weir tried to be unbiased. At times it seemed mildly long winded but overall very well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francesbean | 11/30/2013

    " A little dry, but the author has a unique view point on Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boelyn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 9/16/2013

    " Alison Weir is a wonderful writer - she delves deeply not only into the person, but the religious and political arena that influences that individuals' life. I have read several of her biographies and never been disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Duffy | 8/20/2013

    " using this like a reference book to keep track of the real information that is woven into the books of Gregory, Buckley and Harper. Extremely detailed and includes family trees of Seymours and the Howards along with a detailed tree of the Tudors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 7/31/2013

    " It was very well detailed. You got a feel for every wife and how Henry felt during that time. However they spent way too much time on the first wife. She was kinda boring in my opinion but I loved the book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathlyn | 7/28/2013

    " This is probably one of the best-written and researched books about the women who had the misfortune to be married to Henry VIII. Whenever I need to refresh my memory about the Tudors, this is one of the first books I pick up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah | 6/30/2013

    " Excellent biography. Alison Weir is just a great historian and writer. This book is easy to comprehend and you come away feeling as if you know the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeni | 6/21/2013

    " If you are interested in Renaissance Europe and especially England during this time you'll love all of Alison's books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gayla | 6/18/2013

    " I appreciate the authors ability to take such dense info and make it one of my favorite reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diegowench | 6/12/2013

    " This is a good book, although I felt that some of the conclusions reached were based on some rather questionable evidence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly Odom | 6/9/2013

    " IT was a fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Hernandez | 5/20/2013

    " Am LOVING it. But to give the TV devils its due, I don't know if I would have been able to follow it if I had not been so addicted to the Showtime series last year. It helps me to put a face, however fictional to 80% of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel Wicke | 5/15/2013

    " Incredibly interesting. I wish all my high school history texts were written by Ms. Weir. Then I would have read every word and wouldn't have forgotten a thing. Made all these historical characters come alive. Love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke | 4/11/2013

    " Alison Weir is basically amazing. Seriously. One of the most accurate portrayls of the six. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy Green | 3/7/2013

    " First Tudor history book I ever read. Great book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trish Stuff | 2/9/2013

    " I adore how she writes. She brings the history to life instead of just spouting facts. She puts it into historical perspective. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Keith | 12/30/2012

    " I thought this was going to be a novel but it read like a history book. "

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