New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir is one of the most popular chroniclers of British and European royal history. In this fascinating book she sheds light on the scheming, backstabbing and brutality that plagued England after Henry VIII’s death. Filled with remarkable and sometimes shocking details, The Children of Henry VIII is an arresting narrative that brings the past to life and infuses it with all the flair of a riveting novel.More
"Like anthropology, history and biography can demonstrate unfamiliar ways of feeling and being. Alison Weir's sympathetic collective biography, The Children of Henry VIII does just that, reminding us that human nature has changed--and for the better. . . . Weir imparts movement and coherence while re-creating the suspense her characters endured and the suffering they inflicted." (The New York Times Book Review)
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Excellent Book, Misleading Title
I liked it
Having read this book in book form (and enjoying it very much) I decided to get an audio version so I could re-read whilst doing other things. I'm glad I did because I was able to absorb the information much easier this way.
Alison Weir is a good writer and I do feel she is a 'historian' as well as a historical fiction writer. I would compare her writing to that of Antionia Fraser - non-academic and light story telling. This is often what I want from a history book, sometimes I want to know every minute detail and other times I want to be entertained using facts along with story telling. This book falls into the latter - which is great.
Elizabeth would be my favourite character in this book.
No. Like other history books I liked to listen to this in small chunks to absorb the information.
Definitely get this book if you don't want anything too 'dry'. It is story-telling, easy to listen to, entertaining and informative at the same time.
- Deborah Wyman