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The Six Wives Of Henry VIII

Women in History

By Antonia Fraser

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Format: Paperback, 608 pages
Other Information: 48 Illustrations, unspecified
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 August 2002
The six wives of Henry VIII - Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anna of Cleves, Katherine Howard and Catherine Parr - have become defined in a popular sense not so much by their lives as by the way these lives ended. But, as Antonia Fraser conclusively proves, they were rich and feisty characters. They may have been victims of Henry's obsession with a male heir, but they were not willing victims. On the contrary, they displayed considerable strength and intelligence at a time when their sex supposedly possessed little of either. Inevitably there was great rivalry between them, and there was jealousy too - the desperate jealousy of Queens who found themselves abandoned, but also the sexual jealousy of the King who discovered himself betrayed. The story Antonia Fraser tells is romantic and cruel, funny and sad, dramatic and enthralling.

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Antonia Fraser's bestselling biography of Henry VIII's six wives; a subject of enduring fascination.

About the Author

Since 1969, Antonia Fraser has written many acclaimed historical works which have been international bestsellers, including Marie Antoinette, Mary Queen of Scots (James Tait Black Memorial Prize), Cromwell: Our Chief of Men, The Six Wives of Henry VIII and The Gunpowder Plot: Terror and Faith in 1605 (St Louis Literary Award; CWA Non-Fiction Gold Dagger). Antonia Fraser was made CBE in 1999, and awarded the Norton Medlicott Medal by the Historical Association in 2000. She is married to the playwright Harold Pinter and lives in London.

EAN: 9781842126332
ISBN: 1842126334
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.7 x 4.1 centimetres (0.36 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Tanzin on
Having finished this book only last night, i'll say that Antonia Fraser is one of the best authors in the field of history. As i read it, it did not seem as though i was reading facts, Antonia Fraser has written this book so well that it seemed as though it was a story about a kings and his wives....and also with the added pictures it makes the whole reading experience one hundred times better.
Annie on
This is an excellent book. Although it is factual I found it really interesting and easy to read. Personally I wouldn't bother with Phillipa Gregory's versions as they are inaccurate historically. The factual version of the wives is still a riveting and salacious read!
Bre-Anne on
This book is interesting and entertaining throughout as well as being most informative. It sheds light on fact and fiction.

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