The Six Wives of Henry VIII

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

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By (author) Alison Weir

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 656 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 44mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 3 January 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099523620
  • ISBN 13: 9780099523628
  • Illustrations note: 1
  • Sales rank: 16,246

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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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Author information

Alison Weir was born in London and now resides in Surrey. Before becoming a published author in 1989, she was a civil servant, then a housewife and mother. From 1991 to 1997, whilst researching and writing books, she ran a school for children with learning difficulties before taking up writing full-time. Her fourteen history books include The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Lancaster and York, Children of England , Elizabeth the Queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine , Mary, Queen of Scots, Henry VIII: King and Court, Isabella, Katherine Swynford and, most recently Lady in the Tower. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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"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