Katherine's Reviews > The Wives of Henry VIII
The Wives of Henry VIII
Jun 07, 2008
This book was written about 10 years before Starkey's book and doesn't have the very latest research- (mostly documents which have recently come to light regarding Catherine of Aragon and her supposed virginity at the time of her marriage to Henry)- but otherwise all the relevant history is here as in the former. Fraser has a bit of a different tone in that we get a more initimate sense of the personalities and even more so of daily life at court. One such favorite bit of info: learning about the "Groom of the Stool"- a position held in very high regard and coveted by many -basically the lucky guy who got to wipe the king's arse and who was usually a member of the nobility or gentry. Looking forward to more.....
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