Having thoroughly researched libraries in both England and Scotland, the London-based Perry provides a painstakingly detailed portrait of both women, European court life, and political history. She adeptly weaves intricate genealogies, complex lines of succession, and intercourt marital intrigue into her narrative. The inclusion of such detail, however, tends to overwhelm the main narrative, and, consequently, it progresses slowly and frequently lacks linearity and a disciplined focus.
The Sisters of Henry VIII was written for the reader already familiar with early-modern England. The newcomer to the period may by frustrated by her frequent mention--without further explanation--of individuals, places, and events. Similarly, readers anticipating a more psychological portrayal of Queens Margaret and Mary will be disappointed. The strength of Perry's examination lies in the breadth of detail in which she chronicles the day-to-day events of both women and the early-16th-century court life in which they lived. --Bertina Loeffler Sedlack --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Her research was/is great and very detailed.
I suspect that the author was unable to go deeper into her subjects, a criticism made here by others, simply because the historical record doesn't exist.
A great summary of Henry VIII's sisters and helps close the link to James I of England and VI of Scotland.
This is one of my favorite books on Henry VIII's sisters. It is well researched and sources are noted. I find the story about both of Henry's sister's to be fascinating. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MGL
I like this book. Its quick and easy to ready. I personally like more detailed biographies but its a great start to reading about this paid of sisters.Published 16 months ago by Sarah - Australia
I really enjoyed this book. The research that went into this books makes it very solid. Written in an enjoyable tense.Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a very fine readable history of England and Scotland as well as social and military relations with France, the Papacy and the HRE. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Gderf
This would be of better use in a classroom test in higher echelons of study - not as I would have expected, since I love history volumes for enjoyment. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Deb2theC
It's not a story with a plot. It's bits and pieces about the two women--and about their brother. At times it's almost gossip-column stuff. Read morePublished on July 31, 2009 by Fitzpalmer
This book was in good condition and came in time. I read it and it was a good book. Thank youPublished on July 7, 2009 by Marilyn L. Ames
A great summary of Henry VIII's sisters and helps close the link to James I of England and VI of Scotland. Easy read. Open the doors to much more reading material. Loved it.Published on June 13, 2009 by Margarita G. Panchal
The title of this book is misleading. The sisters are mentioned in the book, but you really have to hunt to find much about them. Read morePublished on June 19, 2008 by J. Jamison