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The Children of Henry VIII Audiobook

The Children of Henry VIII

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir is one of the most popular chroniclers of British and European royal history. In this fascinating book she sheds light on the scheming, backstabbing and brutality that plagued England after Henry VIII’s death. Filled with remarkable and sometimes shocking details, The Children of Henry VIII is an arresting narrative that brings the past to life and infuses it with all the flair of a riveting novel.

©1996 Alison Weir (P)2003 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    "interesting historical read "

    detailed historical account of Princess Mary and Princess Elizabeth and their succession to the throne. Delivered in a captivating Story Like biography.

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    Q's Granny 03-28-16
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    "Narritive to fast"
    What three words best describe Simon Prebble’s voice?

    Spoke too fast which was disconcerting. I slowed my audio to .75 and it was better.


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    dyiin 01-12-16
    dyiin 01-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Who's God is it."

    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.

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    Janet 08-25-15
    Janet 08-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Five Stars"

    Read just like a story. Great interesting detail and characters. Left me wanting to read mote

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    S. Perry Canada 04-30-15
    S. Perry Canada 04-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Extremely Entertaining"

    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.

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    London England Los Angeles 04-11-15
    London England Los Angeles 04-11-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent"

    The story of the offspring of England's most notorious king is very engaging!
    The author and performer are excellent. Highly recommended.

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    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 03-23-15
    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 03-23-15 Member Since 2015

    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.

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    "ROYALTY, RELIGION, AND RULE"

    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.

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    JPJC Virginia 02-05-15
    JPJC Virginia 02-05-15 Member Since 2015

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    "I documentary for the ears"

    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.

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    Lnsy 12-12-14
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    "Perfect narrator, good book"
    Would you listen to The Children of Henry VIII again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    He has such a nice accent and a dignified demeanor, it seemed perfect for the subject.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I always looked forward to listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    mluna Orange County, CA 09-29-14
    mluna Orange County, CA 09-29-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Captivating"

    I enjoyed every minute of this book, I was captivated by the 4 heirs of Henry VIII, each told in its own descriptive history, all their battles and seems like few wins. It was such a cuththroat time but I guess seeking power brings out the worst in people. I enjoyed Mary Tudor's story the best, as I listened, I felt like I got to know her inner thoughts, her bittersweet life, mostly sad though. I am looking forward to listening to more of Alison Weir's books

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