A fascinating read by a great historian. If I were to change anything it would be to use a female narrator. Given the book is written by a woman about 6 women this would make sense to me.
It was a 9.
From Catherine of Aragon to Katherine Parr Alison Weir gives us a fascinating look at each of Henry the VII's many wives. Focusing on their stories from their point of view rather than Henry's we see how remarkable these women were and how Henry, really married most every type of woman there is.
While there is a lot of "fill in the blanks" in this book, there is much that is based on the actual history of them all and I would be surprised if it doesn't make many interested enough to look further into the time, Henry,all of these women, and their effect on the history of England.
While there was more to Henry's wife hopping than lust, it seems fitting he never had both; the son he needed and a wife he wanted.
Get it. It is better than it sounds.
I enjoyed his narration, The book in itself is great so I don't know how he could have gone wrong working with what he had.
Gee, I don't know..."He Was An Asshole" maybe?.
I can't say that something that makes me cry every time I hear or read it is something I can say is what I like best. I was surprised at the emotional response I had to a certain part of it.
It seems Catherine of Aragon can be said to be the wife that loved him best, though there isn't enough known about Jane Seymour to be sure. She sure as hell, hung in there until her last day.
Catherine's last letter to Henry and the last line makes me know,unquestionably, the depth of her love for him and how broken her heart had been.
No matter what he did, no matter what he threatened she could still say,when she knew she was dying ; " Lastly, I make this vow, that mine eyes desire you above all things"
Jesus. I hope to never love a man that much.
Somebody hand me a tissue.
I have made a study of King Henry VIII from my youth. This book contains a great deal of detailed information I had never come across before. The reader was well chosen for this subject and did an excellent job.
I thought this book would be one that would last quite a while with no real suspense or drama. I thought that I could listen to it leisurely.
To my surprise it pulled me in and I zipped thorough this book.
I didn't know that much about Henry VIII, having evidently skipped history on my way through school.
But this book made that time in history stand out in brilliant color for me. I pitied, liked and hated these women and of course I felt how difficult their lives, all women's lives, at that time must have been.
This book made me think. I so pitied Lady Mary in the beginning and it took me quite a while to figure out as time went on she was the Bloody Mary I'd read of in Foxx's Book of Martyrs. I guess I have a bit more understanding of why she was who she was.
There is no bad language in this book, there is some discussion of sex, but handled gently and some violence. but it was a sexual and violent time of history.
This book also shows clearly how easily one's conscience can become totally blind to it's own faults, and justify almost any action. It seems to me Henry used the excuse of succession to have more and more of what he wanted, while getting rid of wives whichever way he could. I suppose it was just the way things were then, to value human life so little and be so willing to sacrifice other's lives to achieve selfish goals. Oh, wait, that sounds like policed happenings today...
Well, I've got to go and hug my husband and tell him thanks for being so nice to me.
Pretty close to the top. It's a great balance between narrative and informative history. It gives a great feel for the era.
The weird details about the personalities of the King's wives.
Probably the bit talking about young Henry's antics.
No, I need to pee/work/eat some time and thing is pushing twenty hours long.
The subject - the author - the narrator ... all come together for an absorbing "read."
Weir is uniquely adept at presenting meticulously researched facts in a way that reads like fiction, combining them with astute observations and sly humor. Having first listened to another Weir book on Henry VIII's children which was narrated by a woman, it took a bit of adjusting to hear the flat, somewhat dry reading of this book - but, once I grew accustomed to the voice and cadence, I was totally engrossed.