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The Six Wives of Henry VIII | [Alison Weir]

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

This acclaimed best seller from popular historian Alison Weir is a fascinating look at the Tudor family dynasty and its most infamous ruler. The Six Wives of Henry VIII brings to life England’s oft-married monarch and the six wildly different but equally fascinating women who married him. Gripping from the first sentence to the last and loaded with fascinating details, Weir’s rich history is a perfect blend of scholarship and entertainment.
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This acclaimed best seller from popular historian Alison Weir is a fascinating look at the Tudor family dynasty and its most infamous ruler. The Six Wives of Henry VIII brings to life England’s oft-married monarch and the six wildly different but equally fascinating women who married him. Gripping from the first sentence to the last and loaded with fascinating details, Weir’s rich history is a perfect blend of scholarship and entertainment.

©1991 Alison Weir (P)2002 Recorded Books

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    Rachelle Dundurn, SK, Canada 04-18-13
    Rachelle Dundurn, SK, Canada 04-18-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A nice companion to fictional novels of the era"
    If you could sum up The Six Wives of Henry VIII in three words, what would they be?

    Facts Are Fun!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I appreciated that the book was based on historical facts, but not dry and uninteresting.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Great as always!


    Any additional comments?

    Though this book is non-fiction, the facts are still so interesting that it's occasionally hard to believe that these things actually happened.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Katalin New York, NY, United States 12-23-12
    Katalin New York, NY, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2012

    Young mom living in Japan, dealing with commute with audiobooks and knitting.

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    "Best biography I've listened to so far!"
    Where does The Six Wives of Henry VIII rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. It was really fun and interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were no characters in the book per say, but I liked Henry's last wife, Catherine, best.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I had not had the pleasure, but I enjoyed his narrating quite a bit with this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not quite, but only because of the sheer length of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book to listen to for anyone interested in Henry VIII. Alison Weir wrote a splendid book, and Simon Prebble narrated it superbly.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Hedger Syracuse, NY 07-03-14
    Sara Hedger Syracuse, NY 07-03-14 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Easy Tudor History"
    If you could sum up The Six Wives of Henry VIII in three words, what would they be?

    Easy. Factual. Deep.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Six Wives of Henry VIII?

    It was very fascinating to learn so much about Henry's first queen. All of the queens are well researched. Weir leaves no stone unturned.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Prebble is a smart performer. He is very dry in a way that makes the book easy to follow. This book is written in a historical/academic way. His style doesn't subtract from its nature.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 07-02-14
    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 07-02-14 Member Since 2011

    Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!

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    "Divorced Beheaded Died Divorced Beheaded Survived"

    I became very keen to learn all about the Tudors after reading Hilary Mantel's excellent Wolf Hall, followed by Bring Up the Bodies not long after. At that time I had very little notion about British History, and none at all about Henry VIII and his time, other than the fact he was an oft-married tyrant who had a couple of his wives beheaded. This book was just what I needed to fill some of the biggest gaps in my understanding of a) the reasons why H8 married so often b) who his wives were, with their backgrounds and personal stories and c) why he killed off two of his wives and divorced two more. I also learned in greater detail about d) how and why the break from Rome and the pope occurred, and why there were so many reversals back and forth from Catholic to Protestant beliefs, resulting in the deaths of uncounted masses of people for heresies which were determined according to ever-changing priorities and whims of the great monarch.

    I felt I got quite a thorough overview of each of Henry's six wives, and also that Alison Weir seemed to greatly dislike Anne Boleyn, who came across as quite an unlikeable woman, though I gather this is a widely agreed upon opinion. Catherine of Aragon, his first wife, predictably enough, came across as a saint. Ann of Cleves and Catherine Parr, as the two clever ones who survived marriage to a vile brute. And of course, plenty of information about the monarch himself and his time.

    Recommended for those who like me have an interest in literature about that period with little background on the topic, as I imagine a lot of the material is familiar to those who have a better grasp on English history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laraine Andover, NY, United States 05-15-14
    Laraine Andover, NY, United States 05-15-14 Member Since 2013

    Love audiobooks. Mystery and suspense novels are the ones I enjoy the most.

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    "Awesome Book"

    This book was fun to listen to. It only took me 3 days because I wanted to learn what had happened to each of the wives. I knew some of the stuff but learned so much more from this book. I recommended this book if you are into English history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zati Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam 04-28-14
    Zati Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam 04-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The hours just flew by"

    This did not feel like 22 hours at all. In fact, I was a little sad when I finished. I was always fascinated with the Tudor era so this book feels like candy. It is almost too indulgent-- I gobbled it so fast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bethany SALEM, NH, United States 01-13-14
    bethany SALEM, NH, United States 01-13-14 Member Since 2010

    birds and more birds

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    "very good take from another view point"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Six Wives of Henry VIII to be better than the print version?

    audiobooks almost always work better for me, though this would be a great companion to the written version (I often have both)
    I have been listening to many audio books about Henry the VIII lately, my favorite is the Autobiography of Henry the VIII, this book tells a very different story from the view point of his wives and those who knew them, this book is a great companion to the above mentioned book.
    Alison Weir really does her homework.


    Any additional comments?

    great narration and story, this author is exceptional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    IRIS Millington, TN, United States 01-02-14
    IRIS Millington, TN, United States 01-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great historical story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The length. It dragged on a bit.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Queen Katherine Parr because she was the one queen to out last the king and have a life of her own.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Simon Prebble?

    Yes loved his voice. I also listened to Wolf Hall another book narrated by Simon Prebble.


    Was The Six Wives of Henry VIII worth the listening time?

    It was a bit long.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great story of the Tudor dynasty.!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Knoxville, TN, United States 10-21-13
    Linda Knoxville, TN, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Historical telling"

    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.

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    Rebecca Lakewood, CO, United States 10-12-13
    Rebecca Lakewood, CO, United States 10-12-13 Member Since 2009

    Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!

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    "The Real Game of Thrones"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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