The Wives of Henry VIII

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Vintage #ad - The new york times bestselling history of the legendary six wives of Henry VIII--from the acclaimed author of  Marie Antoinette. Under antonia fraser's intent scrutiny, catherine of aragon emerges as a scholar-queen who steadfastly refused to grant a divorce to her royal husband; Anne Boleyn is absolved of everything but a sharp tongue and an inability to produce a male heir; and Catherine Parr is revealed as a religious reformer with the good sense to tack with the treacherous winds of the Tudor court.

And we gain fresh understanding of jane Seymour's circumspect wisdom, the touching dignity of Anna of Cleves, and the youthful naivete that led to Katherine Howard's fatal indiscretions. The wives of henry viii interweaves passion and power, personality and politics, into a superb work of history.  .

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Queens of the Conquest: England's Medieval Queens Book One

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Ballantine Books #ad - Weir’s research skills and storytelling ability combine beautifully to tell a fascinating story supported by excellent historical research. The lives of england’s medieval queens were packed with incident—love, adultery, intrigue, betrayal, and warfare—but their stories have been largely obscured by centuries of myth and omission.

Spanning the years from the norman conquest in 1066 to the dawn of a new era in 1154, the first norman king; matilda of scotland, revered as “the common mother of all England”; and Empress Maud, was crowned, England’s first female ruler, when Henry II succeeded to the throne and Eleanor of Aquitaine, including: Matilda of Flanders, the first Plantagenet queen, wife of William the Conqueror, this epic book brings to vivid life five women, whose son King Henry II would go on to found the Plantagenet dynasty.

Queens of the Conquest: England's Medieval Queens Book One #ad - . Fans of her fiction and nonfiction will enjoy this latest work. Library journal starred review   “Another sound feminist resurrection by a seasoned historian. More than those who came before or after them, these Norman consorts were recognized as equal sharers in sovereignty. Drawing from the most reliable contemporary sources, Weir skillfully strips away centuries of romantic lore to share a balanced and authentic take on the importance of these female monarchs.

What emerges is a seamless royal saga, an all-encompassing portrait of English medieval queenship, and a sweeping panorama of British history.

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The Sixth Wife: The Story of Katherine Parr A Novel of the Tudors Book 5

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Broadway Books #ad - Katherine parr was twice widowed and thirty-one years old. Henry viii’s fifth wife, katherine Howard, was both foolish and unfaithful, and she paid for it with her life. Henry raged that katherine had betrayed him, and had a warrant drawn up for her arrest and imprisonment. Dangerous court intrigue and affairs of the heart collide as renowned novelist Jean Plaidy tells the story of Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six queens.

But among her intellectual pursuits was an interest in Lutheranism—a religion that the king saw as a threat to his supremacy as head of the new Church of England. Henry’s sixth wife would have to rely on her wits to survive where two other women had perished. A thoughtful, well-read lady, she was known at court for her unblemished reputation and her kind heart.

The Sixth Wife: The Story of Katherine Parr A Novel of the Tudors Book 5 #ad - At court it was whispered that the king would soon execute yet another wife. Trapped in a loveless marriage to a volatile tyrant, books were Katherine’s consolation. Courtiers envious of the queen’s influence over Henry sought to destroy her by linking her with the “radical” religious reformers.

Henry vowed that his sixth wife would be different, and she was. But the aging king—more in need of a nurse than a wife—was drawn to her, and Katherine could not refuse his proposal of marriage.

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The Six Wives of Henry VIII

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Grove Press #ad - Either annulled, or widowed, bloody, these were the well-known fates of the six queens during the tempestuous, executed, died in childbirth, and splendid reign of Henry VIII of England from 1509 to 1547. In this extraordinary work of sound and brilliant scholarship, “at last we have the truth about Henry VIII’s wives” Evening Standard.

Katherine of aragon emerges as a staunch though misguided woman of principle; anne boleyn, a strong-minded matriarch in the making; Anne of Cleves, a good-natured woman who jumped at the chance of independence; Katherine Howard, an empty-headed wanton; and Katherine Parr, an ambitious adventuress with a penchant for vengeance; Jane Seymour, a warm-blooded bluestocking who survived King Henry to marry a fourth time.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII #ad - But in this “exquisite treatment, sure to become a classic” Booklist, they take on more fully realized flesh and blood than ever before. Combining the accessibility of a popular history with the highest standards of a scholarly thesis”, account books, and diplomatic reports—to bring vividly to life the fates of the six queens, memoirs, employing every known archive—early biographies, letters, Alison Weir draws on the entire labyrinth of Tudor history, the machinations of the monarch they married and the myriad and ceaselessly plotting courtiers in their intimate circle The Detroit News.

A “brilliantly written and meticulously researched” biography of royal family life during England’s second Tudor monarch San Francisco Chronicle.

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The Courts of Love: The Story of Eleanor of Aquitaine Queens of England Book 5

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Broadway Books #ad - As a child, eleanor reveled in her beloved grandfather’s Courts of Love, where troubadours sang of romantic devotion and passion filled the air. In 1137, eleanor became duchess of Aquitaine, at the age of fifteen, the richest province in Europe. When i look back over my long and tempestuous life, I can see that much of what happened to me—my triumphs and most of my misfortunes—was due to my passionate relationships with men.

I was a woman who considered herself their equal—and in many ways their superior—but it seemed that I depended on them, while seeking to be the dominant partner—an attitude which could hardly be expected to bring about a harmonious existence. Eleanor of aquitaine was revered for her superior intellect, extraordinary courage, and fierce loyalty.

The Courts of Love: The Story of Eleanor of Aquitaine Queens of England Book 5 #ad - She was equally famous for her turbulent relationships, which included marriages to the kings of both France and England. A union with louis vii allowed her to ascend the French throne, yet he was a tepid and possessive man and no match for a young woman raised in the Courts of Love. When eleanor met the magnetic henry ii, their stormy pairing set great change in motion—and produced many sons and daughters, the first Plantagenet King of England, two of whom would one day reign in their own right.

In this majestic and sweeping story, jean plaidy weaves a tapestry of love, and strife, passion, betrayal, intrigue, set against a backdrop of medieval politics, and heartbreak—and reveals the life of a most remarkable woman whose iron will and political savvy enabled her to hold her own against the most powerful men of her time.

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The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn

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Ballantine Books #ad - There remains, much mystery surrounding the queen's arrest and the events leading up to it: were charges against her fabricated because she stood in the way of Henry VIII making a third marriage and siring an heir, however, or was she the victim of a more complex plot fueled by court politics and deadly rivalry?    The Lady in the Tower examines in engrossing detail the motives and intrigues of those who helped to seal the queen's fate.

Anne's ascent from private gentlewoman to queen was astonishing, but equally compelling was her shockingly swift downfall. Charged with high treason and imprisoned in the Tower of London in May 1536, Anne met her terrible end all the while protesting her innocence. Only in alison weir's capable hands can readers learn the truth about the fate of one of the most influential and important women in English history.

The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn #ad - Bonus: this edition contains a the Lady in the Tower discussion guide and an excerpt from Alison Weir's Mary Boleyn. What emerges is an extraordinary portrayal of a woman of great courage whose enemies were bent on utterly destroying her, and who was tested to the extreme by the terrible plight in which she found herself.

Richly researched and utterly captivating, The Lady in the Tower presents the full array of evidence of Anne Boleyn's guilt—or innocence. Weir unravels the tragic tale of anne's fall, from her miscarriage of the son who would have saved her to the horrors of her incarceration and that final, dramatic scene on the scaffold.

Nearly five hundred years after her violent death, remains one of the world's most fascinating, second wife to Henry VIII, controversial, Anne Boleyn, and tragic heroines.

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Versailles: A History

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New Word City, Inc. #ad - King louis xiv had many loves, but none as compelling as Versailles, the modest country estate he transformed into one of the world's most spectacular palaces. Here is the dramatic - and tragic - story of Versailles and the men and women who made it their home.

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The Romanovs: 1613-1918

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Vintage #ad - Drawing on new archival research, montefiore delivers an enthralling epic of triumph and tragedy, 1914 and 1917, love and murder, encompassing the seminal years 1812, that is both a universal study of power and a portrait of empire that helps define Russia today. To rule russia was both imperial-sacred mission and poisoned chalice: six of the last twelve tsars were murdered.

The romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world’s surface for three centuries. Alexander ii liberated the serfs, survived five assassination attempts and wrote perhaps the most explicit love letters ever composed by a ruler. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world’s greatest empire? And how did they lose it all?   This is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas, some by madness, some touched by genius, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition.

The Romanovs: 1613-1918 #ad - Peter the great tortured his own son to death while making Russia an empire, and dominated his court with a dining club notable for compulsory drunkenness, naked dwarfs and fancy dress. Simon sebag montefiore’s gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, revolutionaries and poets, from Ivan the Terrible to Tolstoy and Pushkin, with a global cast of adventurers, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, to Bismarck, Lincoln, family rivalries, courtesans, sexual decadence and wild extravagance, Queen Victoria and Lenin.

Paul i was strangled by courtiers backed by his own son, Alexander I, who in turn faced Napoleon’s invasion and the burning of Moscow, then went on to take Paris. Catherine the great overthrew her own husband who was murdered soon afterward, enjoyed affairs with a series of young male favorites, conquered Ukraine and fascinated Europe.

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Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World

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Ballantine Books #ad - Helped her husband lay strong groundwork for the success of the new Tudor dynasty. The first child of king Edward IV, Elizabeth enjoyed all the glittering trappings of royalty. As always in a weir book, the tenor of the times is drawn with great color and authenticity. Booklist   “weir once again demonstrates that she is an outstanding portrayer of the Tudor era, giving us a fully realized biography of a remarkable woman.

Huntington News. New york times bestseller • bestselling historian alison weir tells the poignant, suspenseful and sometimes tragic story of Elizabeth, eldest daughter of the Yorkist King Edward IV and sister of the Princes in the Tower, a woman whose life was inextricably caught up in the turmoil of the Wars of the Roses and the establishment of the usurping Tudor dynasty.

Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World #ad - . For centuries historians have asserted that, as queen, but weir shows that elizabeth proved to be a model consort—pious and generous—who enjoyed the confidence of her husband, and was revered by her son, she was kept under Henry’s firm grasp, exerted a tangible and beneficial influence, the future King Henry VIII.

. As richard’s wife, there were murmurs that the king sought to marry his niece Elizabeth, was dying, Anne Neville, knowing that most people believed her to be England’s rightful queen.

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Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens

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Vintage #ad - The drama has terrific resonance even now as women continue to struggle in their bid for executive power. But few books have brought to life more vividly the exquisite texture of two women’s rivalry, spurred on by the ambitions and machinations of the forceful men who surrounded them. Superb. That two such women, queens in their own right, should have been contemporaries and neighbours sets in motion a joint biography of rare spark and page-turning power.

Mary, the catholic successor whom England’s rivals wished to see on the throne, was charming, feminine, and deeply persuasive. Against the backdrop of sixteenth-century England, and France, Scotland, Dunn paints portraits of a pair of protagonists whose formidable strengths were placed in relentless opposition.

Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens #ad - In humanizing their dynamic and shifting relationship, Dunn describes it as fueled by both rivalry and their natural solidarity as women in an overwhelmingly masculine world. Boston heraldthe political and religious conflicts between Queen Elizabeth I and the doomed Mary, screen, have for centuries captured our imagination and inspired memorable dramas played out on stage, Queen of Scots, and in opera.

Protestant elizabeth, the bastard daughter of Anne Boleyn, whose legitimacy had to be vouchsafed by legal means, glowed with executive ability and a visionary energy as bright as her red hair. A perceptive, suspenseful account. The new york times Book Review"Dunn demythologizes Elizabeth and Mary.

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England in the Age of Chivalry . . . And Awful Diseases: The Hundred Years' War and Black Death A Very, Very Short History of England

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Skyhorse #ad - This includes geoffrey chaucer, the peasants revolt, the Scottish wars of independence, the Great Famine of 1315, the Black Death and the 100 Years War. His legacy continues to shape our view of England’s history and is crucial in understanding the development of Europe. And awful diseases covers the events, personages and ideas most commonly known as "medieval".

. Central to this time is king edward iii, who started the 100 Years War and defined the concept of chivalry, including England's order of the garter. Covering the violent and disease-ridden period between 1272 to 1399, England in the Age of Chivalry. A revealing glimpse into the tumultuous history of England’s medieval period, full of knights in shining armor and terrible peasant suffering.

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