The Children of Henry VIII

  • by Alison Weir
  • Narrated by Simon Prebble
  • 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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Excellent Book, Misleading Title

The title "The Children of Henry VIII" was probably chosen to tie in to the book "The Six Wives of Henry VIII", and as a marketing gimmick. It's too bad as it might discourage people who want a good interesting yet serious telling of the transition from Henry VIII to Elisabeth I.



This book starts at the death of Henry VIII and ends with the accession to the throne of Elisabeth I, and provides an excellently woven history of these turbulent years. Edward VI, Catherine Grey (not a child of Henry VIII), and Mary Tudor, may not justify a general public biography each, but combined and intertwined this is well worthy of spending 15+ hours of one's time. If you ever wondered what happened after Henry VIII, this book is for you.



The history is fascinating, the story is well written and the text is well read.
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- Olivier

I liked it

What made the experience of listening to The Children of Henry VIII the most enjoyable?

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.


What other book might you compare The Children of Henry VIII to, and why?

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.


Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favourite?

Elizabeth would be my favourite character in this book.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. Like other history books I liked to listen to this in small chunks to absorb the information.


Any additional comments?

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.

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- Deborah Wyman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 31-07-2012
  • Publisher: Recorded Books