Excellent. this is not a Historical fiction but more of a telling of the lives of Henry's various wives. the narrator though tells it in such away it is like reading a novel and not listening to a history lecture. It keeps you enthralled even if you know the various tales of each wives, It gives details and at the same time leaves you wanting to learn more.
Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!
This book tells much about Henry VIII, his six wives and their times. If you've just high-level heard about Henry VIII and how he had many wives and the separation from the Roman Catholic Church, this book will give you great background. It also illustrates what life was like in and out of court.
For me it was interesting to see the role of religion and how Henry and his advisors used religion and heresy as a means to the goal of having male heirs.
Wife, Mother, Daughter, Believer.
Yes, I have listened to it twice. I'm utterly fascinated with Tudor history.
Anne Boleyn is probably the character that I was most drawn too. I find her incredibly misguided and misunderstood.
Yes, on par with his other works.
If you love European history and drama, you will love this story. No one did it big in such a way as the Tudors and Weir does a great job illustrating that.
This is a very good history of the wives of Henry. I was a little concerned in the beginning because it seemed to focus so much on Catherine of Aragon, but it makes sense as the story continues. Catherine was such a big part of Henry's life and really set the standard on how he moved forward with his other wives, how could the author not give her more time. I really appreciate the fact that the author actually takes the time to mention where the information is coming from and, when appropriate, warns the listener if it is from a dubious source or not. Not much comes from those dubious sources, but when that information is included, so is the warning!
I really enjoyed the say Simon Prebble presented this book. He does not change tones much but is able to convey the story in a strong, proud way without judgment in his voice.
I would have loved to have been able to just sit around all day and listen to this book. However, I have 3 children and a fulltime job so THAT was not happening! However the fact is I completely enjoyed my driving time (1.5 hours round trip daily)!
love this book...kept my attention ..great narration ..highly recommended
the secret diary of anne boleyn
I would recommend this audiobook, it is an easy listen and is full of interesting history that makes for an excellent story.
Learning about the less famous wives of Henry VIII was awesome.
The courting of each woman is really interesting.
I don't recall crying or laughing.
I like the narrator's voice
I really enjoy listening to Alison Wier's books and this one was no exception. In addition to his wives I learned a great deal about Henry VIII as well. I love this period of history and Alison does a gives a very thorough account of King Henry and his wives.
One complaint about the book is that there is a significant amount of repetitive content. Certain phrases and historical facts are given numerous times throughout. Sometimes it is hard to follow the chronology of events because it is not always clear when she is writing about the future, past or present.
Overall, greatly informative and highly entertaining.
Captivating, spine chilling
Every character is given equal weight by this most accomplished author. I have read many books on this period in the past, but they all had a bias.
His tone of voice was evenly modulated, even when describing the most horrific torture. He let the story talk.
I am searching for any other books by this author.
tremendous historical value
the beheading of Jane Seymour
the death of henry VIII
the death of Henry VLLL