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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Yep, I would. Just to hear what those women went through and how they were treated by their husband. It's amazing that he could manage a country while being lured from one wife to another.
Any of the Henry books. They are all fascinating.
He did a fabulous job.
This book was so interesting and told the story from the wives point of view. Sometimes I felt sorry for the wives and sometime for King Henry for being so gullible about women. Then he was so cruel to his wives when they didn't live up to his expectations or when another women caught his attention.
When I first started listening I was a little disappointed as I wanted the experience of being swept away in a narrative , and not just a lot of facts joined together. Didn't take long for me to get totally absorbed and highly respectful of Alison Weir. I will listen to more. Narrator is excellent.
As soon as you get used to the voice of the narrator, you would enjoy the book. I listened to this mostly in long commutes. It started really slow but after the first hour, it picked up. Story gets really interesting with Henry's second wife Anne. the end seemed rushed.
Perfectly written. Perfectly narrated. Covers a crucial and fascinating period in English history. Weir and Prebble: what could be better?
A bookworm who discovered the life hack that is audiobooks in January 2016. Personal development, history, and literary fiction are my faves
The subject matter itself, and that it is historical is enough to intrigue me. However, Alison Weir's narrative account and full bodied characterizations of King Henry VIII and his wives are a work of art. I felt as if I was listening to a scandalously delightful novel.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of this book which is mostly about Catherine and Anne Boleyn. The book continuously kept my interest with his subsequent wives, but Catherine and Anne's stories are so shocking. I was truly at the edge of my seat listening to how this scandal unfolded.
My favorite aspect of this book was how the background information of the society they lived in was painted. I felt so immersed and because Alison Weir put so much detail in it helped me understand why these situations unfolded as they did. I could almost feel the heavy religious and societal pressures that compelled these people. At first I wasn't sure what to think of the narrator, but his voice really grew on me. I would purposefully seek out a narration of his in the future, and I've already got another Weir book in my library.
This book is an interesting look into the machinations of the Tudor Court , covering all six of Henry's wives and all of the underlying politics.
"Nothing short of excellent"
I cannot commend this book enough - it is everything you want from a history book - well read - perfectly written and executed - a comprehensive history of each of Henry VIII wives, from the pride of Catherine of Aragon, the boldness and arrogance of Anne Bolyne, the short lived and subdued reign of the Jane Seymour, the sadness of Anne of Cleeves, the naivety and calamity of Catherine Howard and the grace of Catherine Parr. Each one having a very special place in Henry's life - his seemly disregard for each and every one of them and the family, friends and characters that surround them. The barbarity of the Era and the beginning of the Church of England and all its pomp. Brilliantly researched and worth every penny of your money. Buy it, read it, listen to it, enjoy it.
I am using Audible Credits at the moment to fill in the many gaps in my history knowledge, starting with the Tudors. This book was a very accessible way to quickly (well, OK it's not a quick listen, but it was easy!) gain a great insight into the incredible life of Henry Vlll via his many infamous marriages. You really do get a taste of life in his court, and of his character - monster, tyrant, charmer - or just the product of his surreal existence. The characters of his wives are well presented - I especially appreciated Anne of Cleves, lucky Anne, got away with it and had the best of all worlds!
I liked the narration which is unstated, just short of academic, never 'acted', which, as this is not one AW's fiction-histories, was just right.
An excellent book which introduces us to all King Henry's wives. I thought I knew a good deal about this subject but saw some of his relationships in a new light. Excellently written and well narrated. It is one of those books you don't want to end.
"History brought to life with pace and scholarship"
The basic story of Henry VIII and his troubled marital history is well-known, but where this book scores is in fleshing out the details of the six women’s early life and the involvement of their extended families in conspiring to get a female relative noticed by the King and then exploiting their new privileged position, but when things went wrong heartlessly deserted the Queen to save their own skin.
Much research has obviously gone into this long book, and there is a copious amount of detail, but it never flags from being a engrossing account of how a golden young man turned into a bloated monster who connived to discard wives who failed to produce a male heir. One is reminded how high-born women were pawns in the marriage market and what a lot of skulduggery was done by their male relatives aided and abetted by sanctimonious church-men and ambitious courtiers.
The Tudors left a trail of cruelty and religious persecution that’s a blight on England's history, though often horrifying, it nevertheless makes for a riveting listen that I greatly enjoyed.
The narrator is excellent.
"Brilliant book to listen to"
Giving great detail of how he conducted his life
Knowing Anne Bolyn was not as white as we had supposed when they married
No I listened over several days/weeks and enjoyed it as it went along
"Fabulous in every respect"
A truly great history. A must read for anyone interested in the 16th century history of Europe.
The author, has a unique talent to connect with the reader, by stoping to take the time to put things and attitudes in relations to today's thinking, such as the limitations women had in both speech and dress.
I would compare it to her other work such as Isabella the female werewolf. In as much as it explains the woman's role in the society.
It would have to be ann of cleaves.
If only I could, but it is very long, which is also a blessing.
Well executed on all levels.
"Everything the school textbook never told you"
Informative, humorous, well researched
I've always had a soft spot for Anna of Cleaves just because she's always been the cast aside one, jammed between the dead mother and the flighty young girl.
It's far to big to listen to in one go, but it's very engaging to listen too how ever many sessions it takes to reach the end.
"Absolutely loved it...a fascinating factual story"
The whole story. It was told in a very factual way, with lots of references to historical records, but the characters were all brought to life in a very believable way.
The marriage of King Henry to Ann of Cleves, and the repercussions that followed. It all worked out well for them both in the end though.
Too many to pick just one
Although this is all based on fact, you still couldn`t help but feel sadness at the way that some of the characters were treated or met their ends.
I have to admit that this isn`t the usual genre of audiobook that I choose, but I`m so very glad that I had a dabble into our history for a change. The narration was excellent, the story flowed and the characters were all well rounded, so that you got a sense of who they were. I didn`t want a romanticised version with lots of "voices", I wanted a factual account of what life would have been like in the Tudor Court. That being said, you get all the facts...but it`s still a great story to listen to.
This is a wonderfully fluid book. The narration and detail combine to make it a treat for audio book listeners.
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