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Publisher's Summary

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

In his ambition to provide a male heir to the throne, Henry VIII married six times. Divorce from his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, caused England’s break from the Catholic Church in Rome. He went on to divorce Anne of Cleves and behead Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard for infidelities. Jane Seymour died and Catherine Parr survived Henry.

Henry VIII’s Wives: History in an Hour will introduce you to these six entirely diverse and captivating personalities and the events that propelled them to their individual fates. You will learn which wife had what impact on Henry and England and understand why Henry and his six wives form the most popular period of Tudor history.

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour…

©2013 Julie Wheeler (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

“If the past is a foreign country, History in an Hour is like a high-class tour operator, offering delightfully enjoyable short breaks in the rich and diverse continent of our shared past.” (Dominic Sandbrook)
“The practice of History is ever-evolving, and the History In An Hour idea brings it back up to date for the digital age.” (Andrew Roberts, Bookseller)
“This is genius.” (MacWorld.com)

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Get this book! You won’t regret it.

Fantastic narrator; well written; quick and easy; full of interesting facts and information. I thoroughly enjoyed this and have no doubt that you will as well.

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Good for Refresh or Introduction

I enjoyed the History in an Hour series - most 'books' were good - many mere 'refreshers' on topics I was already familiar with, and some (such as this one for me) were introductions.

So after this book, I encountered the rhyme "Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived" on a piece of art at an art museum, and I actually knew what it meant (I would have been 'blind' to it otherwise). (the females in my party already knew, no wonder there).

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Excellent, short, and to the point

Other then the famous Ann Boleyn, I knew very little about the wives of Henry VIII. This little gem was a very informative and delightful experience. Jonathan Keeble's narration is, as usual, excellent.
Overall, I highly recommend the 'History in an Hour' series. They are light, informative, and well presented. And you can't beat the price!

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As expected

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Nothing, really, Did what it said in the tin.

If you’ve listened to books by Julie Wheeler before, how does this one compare?

I don't think I have.

What three words best describe Jonathan Keeble’s performance?

Crisp<br/>Clear<br/>Concise

Was Henry VIII’s Wives: History in an Hour worth the listening time?

Yes. Love these "History in an Hour" books.

Any additional comments?

I really like the concept of a short and sweet history book. Have been enjoying a lot in the "History in an Hour" series. Jonathan Keeble's performance was excellent.

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  • maddansca
  • 06-07-16

Clear and concise

Packed with facts and narrated very well. I enjoyed it very much. A neat well researched brief history of Henry VIII and his 6 wives

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  • GullibleME
  • 12-22-15

Clear

A clear concise review of the wives of Henry VIII. It is very easy listening.

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  • Cath Ellison
  • 04-13-17

Most enjoyable

I could listen to Jonathan Keeble all day. His excellent delivery if this fascinating book was exceptional. Highly recommended!

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  • Edyta
  • 02-23-17

Great recap of the topic

Where does Henry VIII's Wives: History in an Hour rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It gives you the feeling of a great gain over a short period of time.

What did you like best about this story?

Nicely and smoothly written, and nicely read.

Any additional comments?

I needed a quick recap on the topic (after listening to The Tudors by G.J. Meyer) and the audiobook served this purpose perfectly. However, I would recommend it also to the listeners who simply want to get to know something about Henry VIII and his wives but don't want to go into extensive reading.