Thoroughly researched and with a real understanding of the times these six fascinating women lived through, Alison Weir's new book reveals a Tudor England where personal needs and private emotion could, and frequently did, override or influence national events.
One of the most powerful monarchs in British history, Henry VIII ruled England in unprecedented splendour. In this remarkable composite biography, Alison Weir brings Henry's six wives vividly to life, revealing each as a distinct and compelling personality in her own right. Drawing upon the rich fund of documentary material from the Tudor period, The Six Wives of Henry VIII shows us a court where personal needs frequently influenced public events and where a life of gorgeously ritualised pleasure was shot through with ambition, treason and violence.
“A thrilling and chilling story.”
“At last we have the truth about Henry VIII's wives. This book is as reliable and scholarly as it is readable.”
A. L. Rowse, Evening Standard
“An entertaining account of Henry VIII's complicated domestic history. It is full of interesting detail - Alison Weir's treatment of this perennially fascinating subject is a beguiling one.”
Anne Somerset, London Review of Books