It just occurred to me while I was reading the last few pages that the (view spoiler)[ slaughter of Julianna's family sort of harkens back to (Or forw...moreIt just occurred to me while I was reading the last few pages that the (view spoiler)[ slaughter of Julianna's family sort of harkens back to (Or forward since that occurred some 300 years after this book takes place) the assassination of the Tsar Nicholas II and his family in 1918. I mean they even have the same last name. I thought it made for an interesting tale and it gave Julianna her primary motivation. (hide spoiler)]
But that aside, I really enjoyed the book, though Stephen's stubbornness and hot and cold behavior kind of detracted away from the story for me.
But I did enjoy the book enough to buy the next book and the series, so look for a review on that one and maybe a longer review, if it hits all the high points! :P["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Initially I was happy reading this but after the book got to the point of Elizabeth's birth, it fast forwards to Catherine's death and through Anne's...moreInitially I was happy reading this but after the book got to the point of Elizabeth's birth, it fast forwards to Catherine's death and through Anne's trial and death. What happened to those other two years? I already know since I've read other books, but I was really disappointed. I expected the last three wives tales to be condensed as they so often are and it happened with this book. But there was only like 20 pages on Jane Seymour. I know information on her life is scant, but her like with Henry is documented. This book just disappointed me honestly. (less)
What I knew of Mary Boleyn came from biographies on Anne Boleyn. I looked forward to reading this book seeing as it was written by Weir.
I enjoyed the...moreWhat I knew of Mary Boleyn came from biographies on Anne Boleyn. I looked forward to reading this book seeing as it was written by Weir.
I enjoyed the book, but for some reason I couldn't really connect with Mary like I did with Anne. Maybe it's because of the lack of information on her, but the text felt like it was missing something. The parts I most enjoyed were the first index where it talked about Mary's children and their connection to their cousin Elizabeth.
The book had all the facts, but I felt it was missing something that I can't quite put my finger on. It didn't feel very personal. But I can understand what with the lack of information on Mary Boleyn, how this may have had something to do with it. I'm still looking forward to reading The Life of Elizabeth I by Weir though! (less)
I have previously started this book, but I only got forty pages into it before something else caught my attention. After I finished The Six Wives of H...moreI have previously started this book, but I only got forty pages into it before something else caught my attention. After I finished The Six Wives of Henry VIII I wanted more Tudor stuff, so what better to read than this? After I've always been fascinated by those three royal children.
This book gave me more insight into Edward VI. Although it didn't delve too deeply into his reign. Edward seems to me to have been a puppet through most of his reign. But he did set the groundwork for the Protestant religion in England and he desperately tried to prevent his sister from undoing that by naming Lady Jane Grey as his successor. Although that was technically illegal.
Mary undid Edward's work and return England to the Church of Rome. She married the foreign Phillip II of Spain, which wasn't received well. I really did feel sorry for Mary when her pregnancy turned out to be a phantom. She really wanted that and with all the drama in her life, I think it would have made her happier.
Of course after Mary died, Elizabeth came to the throne and this is very the books ends with Elizabeth receiving news of her ascension and her uttering that famous line from the Bible. I'm ordering Weir's biography of Elizabeth, which I don't know why I haven't done this already since I acquired two of her books before 2009 and not one on my beloved Elizabeth? For shame. But I will devour that biography as soon as it's in my hands.
Oh and I've forgotten Lady Jane Grey. I knew her fate before going into the book, but I felt for her because she never wanted to be Queen and was pressured into by her parents. Her story is a sad one. (less)
Since I first read The Six Wives of Henry VIII I have long held a fascination and admiration of Anne Boleyn. She represented everything I aspired to b...moreSince I first read The Six Wives of Henry VIII I have long held a fascination and admiration of Anne Boleyn. She represented everything I aspired to be and she still does.
I've had this book for awhile, but I've just gotten around to reading it now after several other readings of the Tudor era. Some of the things I had read before, but this volume managed to make the facts we know about Anne Boleyn jump off the page. I liked how Ives divided the book up by education, marriage, religion, and so on. I was expecting something different but this format was very helpful.
Even though I know how Anne's story ends, I couldn't but anticipate the ending to her story. I like the epilogue where it mentions is Anne vindicated by her daughter, Elizabeth's, accession? It's a personal feeling of mine but I always felt she was.
The only compliant I have about the book is the portrayal of Henry during Anne's fall. I don't know it just seems to make him seem more innocent or something. I don't think it was what the author was implying but by saying that Cromwell was more responsible for Anne's downfall is tricky. I think for it to have come to end the way it did even if Cromwell was the master mind behind Henry had to agree with it. I don't know that's just my personal feelings on the matter. (less)
I had originally read this book way back in 2002 when I was twelve and it spawned a fascination with the Tudor era that has continued to this day.
On...moreI had originally read this book way back in 2002 when I was twelve and it spawned a fascination with the Tudor era that has continued to this day.
On rereading this book again, I rediscovered little details, although I remembered most of the book, which is surprising as I hadn't really read the full thing in ten years and my memory has been affected by my medicine. I think it's a testament to how good of an historian Alison Weir is. She makes Henry and each wife seem alive and she doesn't condemn them for their actions. You have no idea how it feels to sympathize with Henry of all people haha, but I did during his early years with Anne Boleyn.
Next on the list to read will be The Children of Henry VIII by the same author, after that probably her biography of Elizabeth I. It seems as though my love of the Tudor era is still going strong! (less)
This was officially my first bio on Elizabeth I, though I've read a lot about her father's reign and I own a biography on her mother, Anne Boleyn.
Thi...moreThis was officially my first bio on Elizabeth I, though I've read a lot about her father's reign and I own a biography on her mother, Anne Boleyn.
This particular one focused on whether or not Elizabeth had any children and the possibilities when they could have born as well as commenting on other things of Elizabeth's reign. I really enjoyed and I thought the author didn't have any bias on who might have possibly been Elizabeth's child. But like her previous book The Other Tudors: Henry VIII's Mistresses and Bastards I did notice a few mistakes. Just on birth date and years, but it was easily overlooked.
I give this book 4 stars. Very interesting, but it was a little light on other important aspects of Elizabeth's life, though I suppose if you're looking for a general biography of Elizabeth, you might look elsewhere. (less)
I picked up this book when I went out to the Barnes and Noble for the first time since August 2011. I don't regret buying this book at all and the fac...moreI picked up this book when I went out to the Barnes and Noble for the first time since August 2011. I don't regret buying this book at all and the fact that I got it on a sale made it even better.
I've been fascinated with Henry VIII's reign since 2002 when I was twelve years old. Over the years I've collected books (non fiction and fiction), DVDs, and anything related to the Tudor reign. But surprisingly I hadn't heard of some of the women and children in this book.
I liked how each section spotlighted a different woman. I wish the author would have went into more detail about the ladies, but she gives the basics on each woman and the start of her affair with Henry.
I did find some mistakes in the book. Small mistakes, but seriously listing Elizabeth I's death year as 1605? Really editors, you didn't catch that?
All in all I give the book four stars! Good, but could have been better. (less)
I bought this book way back in December 2010. Initially I started reading it, but I laid it aside for something else and forgot about it. Fast forward...moreI bought this book way back in December 2010. Initially I started reading it, but I laid it aside for something else and forgot about it. Fast forward to January 2012. I wanted to read some Tudor fiction and I thought of this book, so I picked it up. I enjoyed Rosamund and Anton. I thought their romance was sweet. But I really loved hearing about Queen Elizabeth. My heartbeat would speed up a bit when Rosamund would mention Anne Boleyn's portrait silently watching as though she were judging. I don't think it's far fetched that Elizabeth I had Anne's portrait up since she did have a ring with a portrait of herself and her mother. But it just made me unreasonably happy that Anne portraits were displayed. Anyway off of my historical obsessions. I thought the book accomplished a believable love story even though technically it happened in only two weeks tops. The epilogue was sweet as well! (less)
I've always loved Elizabeth. Her story captivated me. The girl who had lost her mother at such a young age and lived in such a perilous age brought glory to her country once again. I had watched countless movies with her and the fascination grew from there.
I knew of the important facts of Elizabeth's reign, but with this book I got a better look at it. Weir made Elizabeth come alive again.
The book starts where The Children of Henry VIII left off with Elizabeth's ascension. There are twenty seven chapters and an epilogue and even that didn't seem like enough to me. Luckily Weir a listed a great bibliography, so I'll be checking out some of those.
This a great biography. Weir doesn't shy away from Elizabeth's faults, but also praises her achievements. I was truly sad when the end came.
There is an author's note in the back about Elizabeth in film. I was a little dismayed when she took the piss out of the Cate Blanchett films since I love her portrayal of her, but with reading this book I can see the flaws of the film. Still I am planning on watching a few of her approved Elizabeth roles. (less)