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The Children of Henry VIII Paperback – July 8, 1997
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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My biggest complaint was lack of footnotes. Most of the time, Weir notes the source within the text, and there is an extensive bibliography; however, there are several unreferenced quotations and pieces of information for which I would have liked to know the source. Particularly since many of the diarists and witnesses had deep biases and axes to grind - they could stretch the truth quite a bit. Also, Weir is annoyingly repetive, both in rehashing assessments of individuals and her repitition of several phrases, WORD FOR WORD, several chapters after they first appeared. I admit this is mainly a pet peeve, but I was reading along when I realized the phrase "she was comely rather than handsome" looked suspiciously familiar. Flipping back to find its identical twin, I broke the flow of my reading. This may be more my fault than Alison Weir's, but be aware that once you make acquaintance with a sentence, you may meet it again a hundred pages down the road.
I received this book as a birthday gift from a friend. It was actually a sort of gag gift - my friend and I have a two-year-old debate on the "true" interpretation of the Tudor years.Read more ›
This is not a serious piece of history, nor is it intended to serve as a comprehensice biography of any of the four monarchs discussed. it is strictly aimed at the casual reader, and serves that purpose quite well. If you have a casual interest in the era, but don't know much about it, it could serve as a good entry point before going on to more intensive biographies. If you know little more than that Henry VIII married a lot of women and would like to know a little more without getting bogged down in the doings of the various Richards, this is a good place to come. If your looking for intensive scholarship though, you should look else where.
Not everything in the book should be taken as doctrine (not intended as a pun, given the religious conflicts of the time, I just couldn't think of a more elegant way of phrasing it). Weir does have a tendency to rely on dubious sources, which I really wish she wouldn't do, though at least she does warn the reader that they aren't to be entirely trusted. Some times, you get the feeling that she thought the story they told was just too good to be left out even though she knew it wasn't true. Again, if you want a serious scholarly work where the author is too disciplined to give way to that impulse, look else where.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed this book but wish that it was longer and went into a bit more depth about Elizabeth.Published 1 month ago by Fantastic
The details of the much lessor known Edward vi and Mary are particularly well done. It also is very sad, realizing that Queen Mary did earn her title "bloody". Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patti Jacko
This book is so good I can hardly put it down. Good sequel to The Wives of Henry VIII and Six Wives of Henry VIII, because I read both of them first.Published 1 month ago by G Allen
Informative, readable, clear history. I so enjoy Weir's books and this one in particular. To understand Elizabeth I I think it's important to read this.Published 2 months ago by Jean B