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The royal family may have its problems these days, but as Alison Weir reminds us in this cohesive and impeccably researched book, the nobility of old England could be both loveless and ruthless. Weir, an expert in the period and author of a book on Henry's VIII wives, focuses on the children of Henry VIII who reigned successively after his death in 1547: Edward VI, Mary I ("Bloody Mary") and Elizabeth I. The three shared little--living in separate homes--except for a familial legacy of blood and terror. This is exciting history and fascinating reading about a family of mythic proportions. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The tragedy of four accidental rivals to a throne, three of them children?by different mothers?of a much-married despot, seems to lose none of its drama by frequent retelling. Along with the royal siblings, Weir (The Six Wives of Henry VIII) includes their cousin, the doomed Lady Jane Grey. Guiltless of the intrigues committed in the name of religion, power and property, Queen Jane was forced at 15 to reign for nine days in a futile attempt to block the accession of the fanatically Catholic Princess Mary. The 300 burnings for heresy during the five years Mary ruled were eclipsed statistically by the hangings and beheadings for conspiracy and treachery. In the 11 years between the death of Henry VIII and the survival of his adroit daughter Elizabeth into the succession in 1558, rapacity had at least as much to do with the turbulence and the terror as religion. So many ennobled miscreants grasped for land, loot and legitimacy that readers will need a scorecard to match their names with their new titles. Weir adds nothing fresh to the story, but her sweeping narrative, based on contemporary chronicles, plays out vividly against the colorful backdrop of Tudor England. Illustrations not seen by PW.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Book is a lot more worn out than I expected. Smells a little too...Published 6 days ago by Han Ding
It was a good book. You should read it too. Word count nearly met. Okay just a few more. Done.Published 19 days ago by Mellissa
Amazing book. I have read a lot of Tudor history, and I learned new stuff from this book.Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Dickey
Alison Weir writes the best and most accurate historical novels.Published 1 month ago by L. S. Bange
Alson Weir manages to write the complex story of Henry VIII thorny family in a logical and yet compelling manner. Her history comes alive. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Vivien Kellerman
Alison Weir meticulously researches her subjects, and the result is marvelous. Ms. Weir gave insight into the personalities of these diverse children of England's most famous... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Peggy Giroux