The Six Wives of Henry VIII

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

Paperback Women in History

By (author) Antonia Fraser

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  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson History
  • Format: Paperback | 608 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 42mm | 481g
  • Publication date: 2 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1842126334
  • ISBN 13: 9781842126332
  • Illustrations note: 48
  • Sales rank: 50,878

Product description

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

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Author information

Antonia Fraser is the author of many widely acclaimed historical works which have been international bestsellers. The awards she has won include the Wolfson History Prize and the Norton Medlicott Medal of the Historical Association. She has been President of English PEN, chairman of the Society of Authors, and chairman of the Crime Writers' Association. Antonia Fraser was made a DBE in 2011 for services to literature. Her previous books include MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, CROMWELL: OUR CHIEF OF MEN, KING CHARLES II, THE WEAKER VESSELL, WARRIOR QUEENS, THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII, THE GUNPOWDER PLOT: TERROR AND FAITH IN 1605, MARIE ANTOINETTE, LOVE AND LOUIS XIV, and most recently PERILOUS QUESTION: THE DRAMA OF THE GREAT REFORM BILL. MUST YOU GO? MY LIFE WITH HAROLD PINTER was published in 2010. Antonia's website can be viewed at: