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The Wives of Henry the Eighth and the Parts They Played in History [Kindle Edition]

Martin Andrew Sharp Hume
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.


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  • File Size: 604 KB
  • Print Length: 514 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1428633561
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UJ1QDM
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Most books I have read about Henry the Eighth focus on the soap opera like quality of his reign. Lust, personal interaction, and hubris are assumed to explain all that happened. When they attempt to go deeper, most books present Henry as an embryo Protestant reformer.

"The Wives of Henry the Eighth" (1905) places Henry's reign in its historical context, showing how Henry was driven by the three-way strife of Charles V of the Empire, Francis of France, and Henry himself - all of whom played off the Pope. The large part Henry's wives played was only a part of the subtle politics of the day.

This is, to me, a fascinating book, albeit rather demanding of the reader. One must pay close attention as he reads. The author assumes a knowledgeable reader; one not familiar with the period would do well to read a general history before diving into "The Wives of Henry the Eighth".

While not meant for a casual reader interested in sexual innuendo, I think this would be an interesting read for anyone who wishes to put Henry VIII into the true historical context.

I always wince when I hear someone say that "History repeats itself" - as if history were a deity. In fact, it is men who repeat the errors of other men - which proves only that all men are driven by similar vanities and desires. This book illustrates this principle to the Nth degree, as person after person tries to manipulate situations, only to suffer from unintended consequences.

The story of Henry the Eighth is a parable and, as told in this book, a lesson to all men.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book is easy to read without having a lot of knowledge about 16th century England. It paints a clear, cogent picture of a man, Henry VIII, who becomes increasingly self-centered and eventually an ego maniac. It explains the unstable, ever-changing political environment so that the reader can understand Henry VIII's actions (even if the reader is simultaneously horrified). I wish I had read this before Wolf Hall or any of the historical fiction about this period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! September 14, 2014
By ArthurW
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Written about 100 years ago this was the first book (I believe) to focus on the politics (national and international) the intrigue and the machinations at court and the personalities of the ambassadors and courtiers which resulted in these queens rising to and falling from power.
The struggles between Spain, France, "Germany", The Holy Roman Emperor, the Papacy and England are all well laid out. How marriage, doweries and influence were all used to the benefit or detriment of the European suzerains is described and explained in very interesting detail. Henry's personality is also used to explain his behavior towards the women and the other "players".
There are over 250 footnotes for added detail and separated from the text to minimize disruption to the reader.
The author uses some antiquated words and long sentences but do not let this deter you from reading the book.
All in all - first class.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie July 24, 2013
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Book is over 100 years old so there are MANY words that are not part of everyday American modern English. But when I look the words up, they make perfect sense! At times, I just don't understand what the author is saying but again, I think it is due to the differences in language. It has so much information and so many details! I am enjoying it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By mmmmmmm
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I never knew enough regarding this period of time in history. I found this book after having watched the movie the"Other Boleyn Girl". I thought that this period would be interesting. This book was written in 1905 and written with an academic flair, but still it quite readable and enjoyable. It is amazing at how much could have happened in the early 1500's regarding sex, politics, war, you name it. Modern times cannot corner the market on these topics. That's what made this book so very interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old but good December 19, 2012
By M M
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This is an old history book but still reads well today. I found this book a very interesting rendition of the life of Henry the Eighth and would definitely recommend it to history lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hostory June 20, 2014
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this is also a very good book on the history of henry the viii. well written and has stuff in it that I didn't know about. well worth having if you're a world history buff
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4.0 out of 5 stars Behind the scenes of the beheadings, etc. June 18, 2014
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Anyone interested in Tudor lore would find this writing a keen insight as to the state of mind and conduct of his wives and the political and social ramifications. The author focuses chiefly on the three queens whose marriages and subsequent marriage endings most impacted the realm: Katharine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, and Anne of Cleves. The writing for me was a little scholarly and pretentious, but moving beyond style issues, I found this informative and helpful in identifying the key players of the time, their interactions, and their fall from grace. In addition I appreciate the global picture as to the political dynamics that shaped world history. And finally, Mr. Hume offers a suspiciously accurate description of Henry VIII which does not sanitize or romanticize the madness of a fickle, arrogant, and narcissistic ruler!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written take on a familiar subject.
I have heard and read countless books on Henry and there wasn't much new to learn but I enjoyed it anyway because it was a refresher read for me and very well written.
Published 4 days ago by Saramugsy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An insightful look into the many excesses of Henry VIII. At times as ponderous as the King!
Published 6 days ago by john l geissler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was an excellent account from the wives point of view
Published 22 days ago by Terri
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was an interesting book about the wives
Published 1 month ago by lulu bird
5.0 out of 5 stars Things I never now
I love this book. It gives me a insight into how things work in this area. I also think that most people family's wood have been scared when the king started looking at their... Read more
Published 1 month ago by pat mcclain
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Gives insight to what was actually going on during that time.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Some new information but mostly a rehash of known facts.
Published 2 months ago by Kathleen Yost
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very informative and good read.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars ... indeed had an important part in the history of Great Britain and...
It's very interesting and a different approach to the life of the women that indeed had an important part in the history of Great Britain and the World
Published 3 months ago by Raquel
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