This is an interesting take on Henry's life. It's true that most of the stories out there are about his wives and his children and their perspective o...moreThis is an interesting take on Henry's life. It's true that most of the stories out there are about his wives and his children and their perspective on him.
I only found one reference that I think is out of place (a reference to wearing white for weddings, I don't think that tradition started until Queen Victoria, well after Henry's time) and otherwise was very drawn into the story.
I grieved each time he was betrayed even though his very thoughts show how easily duped he was. This book has left me wanting to read more about the Tudors and their times. I have already read both "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" and "The Children of Henry VIII" and am planning on reading a book about Elizabeth I next. (less)
One of my favorite books from Junior high, this story is about a young couple, Helen and Carl Doss who desparately want to have a family and children...moreOne of my favorite books from Junior high, this story is about a young couple, Helen and Carl Doss who desparately want to have a family and children of their own. Unfortunately the are unable to have biological children so they set out to adopt one, sure they will be bringing home a child at once. As they go the rounds with the adoption agencies back in the 1940s, they discover that adopting a child is not as easy as they think. Adoption agencies only place the "appropriate" children with the "appropriate" parents. Startled to discover that children of mixed races or unknown parentage are considered unadoptable, Helen begins to fight the systems and the Doss' end up adopting twelve children. This is a true story and the family was even featured in Life magazine at a time when they only had 9 kids. It shows how amazing Helen and Carl are to open their hearts to these kids when no one else wanted them. The writing is excellent and the story told in a very easy going manner.(less)
Probably one of the only non-fiction books I have read. Since I don't plan on writing non-fiction, I will be pointing out more of what won't be used i...moreProbably one of the only non-fiction books I have read. Since I don't plan on writing non-fiction, I will be pointing out more of what won't be used in fiction writing. I found this book very interesting in the amount of research that David Starkey used to write the book. This must have taken years to pull the documents and decide what information to put in and what to leave out. The book chronicles the life of Henry VIII's lives and how he changed the course of English history by divorcing his first wife and marrying not one but five other women in succession. Before I began to read this book, I didn't have that much information about Henry and his wives other than that he broke with Rome and the Catholic Church to marry Anne Bolyn. Starkey's use of historical records such as State Papers of King Henry the Eighth, 11 vols. (London 1830-52) and Acts of the Privy Council. There is no direct dialog throughout the book. Anything directly from a source has ' ' around the text instead of quotes. The book does tell like a fiction story in that it starts at the beginning and continues through Henry's life and to his last wife who outlives him. (less)
I normally read fantasy genre books but the story of Carolyn's life among the cult she grew up in was just riveting. That people live this way in this...moreI normally read fantasy genre books but the story of Carolyn's life among the cult she grew up in was just riveting. That people live this way in this day and age was both horrifying and compelling. I see merits in having a sister-wife to share tasks with but the forced aspect of her life makes it a horror. The fact that she managed to not only escape but did it with all of her children and isn't more psychologically damaged is simply amazing. This is a story that more people should read and then be thankful that they have the problems that they have instead of living in Carolyn's former world.(less)