The Six Wives of Henry VIII

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

by Alison Weir (Author)


One of the most powerful monarchs in British history, Henry VIII ruled England in unprecedented splendour. In this remarkable composite biography, Alison Weir brings Henry's six wives vividly to life, revealing each as a distinct and compelling personality in her own right. Drawing upon the rich fund of documentary material from the Tudor period, The Six Wives of Henry VIII shows us a court where personal needs frequently influenced public events and where a life of gorgeously ritualised pleasure was shot through with ambition, treason and violence.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 656
Publisher: Vintage
Published: 22 Nov 2007

ISBN 10: 0099523620
ISBN 13: 9780099523628
Book Overview: Thoroughly researched and with a real understanding of the times these six fascinating women lived through, Alison Weir's book reveals a Tudor England where personal needs and private emotion could, and frequently did, override or influence national events.

Media Reviews
A thrilling and chilling story * Sunday Telegraph *
At last we have the truth about Henry VIII's wives. This book is as reliable and scholarly as it is readable -- A. L. Rowse * Evening Standard *
An entertaining account of Henry VIII's complicated domestic history. It is full of interesting detail... Alison Weir's treatment of this perennially fascinating subject is a beguiling one -- Anne Somerset * London Review of Books *
Author Bio
Alison Weir is one of Britain's top-selling historians. She is the author of numerous works of history and historical fiction, specialising in the medieval and Tudor periods. Her bestselling history books include The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Elizabeth of York and, most recently, The Lost Tudor Princess. Her novels include Innocent Traitor, Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen and Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession. She is an Honorary Life Patron of Historic Royal Palaces. She is married with two adult children and lives and works in Surrey.