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The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser
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Mar 13, 2012

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bookshelves: i-own, non-fiction, writer-female, publication-1990s, 2012-challenge, format-paperback, genre-historical, stars-3
Read in January, 2012 — I own a copy

ISBN? - 9781842126332

General Subject/s? - History / Women / Tudors / Politics

Title? - Exactly what it says on the cover.

General Analysis? - Antonia Fraser gives a relatively balanced account of the six wives of Henry VIII, although there is a lack of solid information on Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard in particular. Obviously, there is more of a focus on Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, but Fraser does introduce some new ideas to the mix and comes down firmly within the arguments she presents. However, her writing is sometimes confusing and it seems almost too scholarly. The material is occasionally a bit dry, which we don't find with the likes of Alison Weir and David Loades, but her arguments are much more substantial.

Recommend? – Yes.

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