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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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
A very thorough history. Not exactly enjoyable but very informative. I can recommend it if that's what you are looking for.
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
"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.
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.
"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
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.
"Alison Weir Henry's 6 wives"
This part of History has always fascinated me, and I have read a lot about the Tudors, its
very comprehensive, and the narration flows, Love it, and will listen to again and again.
"five star excellence"
this book is for anyone wanting to know the complete history of this king and his wives, it's all here.
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