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"Like anthropology, history and biography can demonstrate unfamiliar ways of feeling and being. Alison Weir's sympathetic collective biography, The Children of Henry VIII does just that, reminding us that human nature has changed--and for the better. . . . Weir imparts movement and coherence while re-creating the suspense her characters endured and the suffering they inflicted." (The New York Times Book Review)
detailed historical account of Princess Mary and Princess Elizabeth and their succession to the throne. Delivered in a captivating Story Like biography.
How many people die because of religion. It's insane. Even now the lives lost because someone thinks their religious cause is it. If there is a man updtairs-he should take a good look at what's going on down here. Going on to long.
This really was a fantastic audiobook. I read the book a few years ago and really enjoyed it - I am a big follower of Alison Weir - but I had forgotten that when I purchased the audiobook. But it made no difference. I really enjoyed the audiobook: it over along at a terrific pace, it was an engaging story and the narrator was terrific. I would highly recommend it if you're interested in the subject.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Royalty, religion, and rule, like the three heads of Cerberus, protect 16th century England, after the death of Henry the VIII. Cerberus defends royalty. Alison Weir tells the story of England’s royal succession. Weir explains that 3 children, from different mothers, succeed Henry the VIII. The youngest, and first in line, is King Edward VI. Young Edward is nine years old when King Henry dies.
King Henry identifies the order of succession in his will; first is King Edward, then Queen Mary, and finally Queen Elizabeth. King Henry designates King Edward VI as first successor because he is a male. However because he has not reached the age of majority, Edwards rule is subject to a guardianship that will govern the Empire until he reaches the age of 18. As fate (or poison) would have it, King Edward dies at 15. Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth are next.
Queen Elizabeth survives a multitude of accusations, threats, and imprisonments to finally succeed to the throne at 25 years of age when Queen Mary succumbs to pneumonia at 42. Elizabeth goes on to be ruler of England for nearly 40 years. She is considered by most to have been a highly successful monarch with excellent skill as statesman and ruler of an independent nation that shed the shackles of a Roman Papacy, and the seductive temptation of alliance with stronger nations.
Royalty, religion, and rule are watchwords for understanding the history of 16th century England. Weir does a nice job of explaining what happened in England after the death of King Henry the VIII.
The information presented was very interesting and factual. There isn't much as far as performance is concerned with this type of information. I have on previous occasions I have listened to stories related to the Tudor dynasty by Philippa Gregory and I find them to be equally informative and accurate but much more entertaining.
I would. I love history and particularly European history, but I have a short memory! This book was well round and broad, and the narrator was perfect for the task.
That she covered the interactions and feelings of the four inheritors to each other. There seems to be a lack of many histories that cover Edward, Mary, and Jane Grey in any detail, so this was the perfect supplement.
He has such a nice accent and a dignified demeanor, it seemed perfect for the subject.
I always looked forward to listening to it.
My only disappointment with this book was that Elizabeth only got 10 minutes of dedicated time on her reign at the end of the book. 10 minutes! Arguably the most famous and most beloved of all of Henry VIII's children, she was given the shortest amount of attention. Of course, there is a disclaimer at the beginning of the book that says that this book is about the relationships between the sibling and by the time Elizabeth comes to the thrown, there are no more siblings to be compared to.... but the others all had quite a bit on their reign and politics of the time, not just their relationships, so I really feel that both Elizabeth and I, as the reader, were short changed. It seems clear to me that the author did this deliberately so she could sell her book on Elizabeth, and I think that's kind of crappy.
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