Long suffering Catherine of Aragon. There were quite a few editorial mistakes, mostly missed words, but that was not off-putting. Licence gives a detailed description of Kather Many books in the past have tended to focus heavily upon Henry VIII when examining the women that shared his bed. Amy Licence also challenges the reader by asking important questions such as was Anne really chaste during her waiting period for Henry to marry her or did they engage in any foreplay as betrothal was regarded as close to marriage so some couples did in fact engage on this. The era dominated by a preoccupation for an heir. A legacy of Henry VIII is his lengthy list of wives, especially concerning the circumstances of each relationship. They couldn’t give the king a son. Nov 02, Andy rated it it was amazing Shelves:
What was it like for these women to share Henry s bed, bear his children or sit on the English throne? He had several affairs. Even though Henry VIII was every bit of a ass, as in all previous portrayals of him-in both fiction and nonfiction-, what really made this book a fascinating read is that Amy License wrote her book in the wives and mistresses point of view, rather than Henry’s. The great King has often been called a prude because he only slept with his wives but this certainly is not the case. I started this over a month ago. Licence gives a fascinating look at the years where Henry was with two women and how this relationship caused a great deal of turmoil for everyone involved. The arrival of Anne Boleyn changed everything.
Henry’s choice of bride like his maternal grandfather, was to say ozn the world that he was his own person nenryka king of his realm and he would not accept any other bride that was not his choosing and there was also another similarity between his first marriage and that of his grandfather’s.
I love reading historical books on Anne. Feb 19, Anne Marie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Licence gives a fascinating look at the years where Henry was with two women and how this relationship caused a great deal of turmoil for everyone involved.
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He later claimed that he was fulfilling his father’s dying wish but as Amy explains, this seems highly unlikely. I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in Tudor history. I note from the cover blurb that she is currently working on a new biography of Anne Boleyn.
The only issue I had was that certain sections just seemed to stop.
I will give a couple of compliments here, though. To read either a fact or fictional work on Anne, fllm her passionate and vivid personality to life.
The Six Wives & Many Mistresses of Henry VIII: The Womens’ Stories by Amy Licence
I will certainly be picking that up when it arrives. There are many passages in her chapters that reflect humanist thought on illicit affairs which Anne seems to have adopted. Szecs License gives a great background on Katherine of Aragon and her relationship with Henry in the beginning. I found it very saesc to read about Anne of Cleves relationship with Catherine Howard and how some thought that once Catherine had fallen Anne might become Queen again.
The Six Wives & Many Mistresses of Henry VIII: The Womens’ Stories
There was certainly a sexual element to her regarding Mannox and Dereham and whether this was sexual abuse or voluntary, we will never know. Even if you are well-read on the king’s many relationships, there are plenty of gems in here that I haven’t seen anywhere else! It was very interesting to read about these women, their lives and their relationship with the King. The last wife was none other than Katherine Parr who some still believe she was Henry’s nurse but she wasn’t. A legacy of Henry VIII is his lengthy list of wives, especially concerning the circumstances of each relationship.
I would definitely recommend this book. I also liked how she questioned Katherine’s Howard adultery. Jun 05, Carolina Casas rated it it was amazing Shelves: The author believes it was likely the latter as Katherine was young and very naive and inexperienced she was easily led astray by these two more experienced and opportunist men.
If this were the case, she would’ve had a miscarriage sometime after that, because Edward wasn’t born within the time frame. Nov 12, Annette rated it it was amazing Shelves: A strong, independent woman Catherine gave up a great deal to be with the Henry and walked a fine line between wife and reformer.
Typical of his time, Henry did not feel that casual liaisons could threaten his marriage, until he met the one woman who held him at arm s length.
I really appreciated the different twist Ms. Well written and researched and threw up a few facts that I didn’t know about.
Interesting details about Katherine Howard. Want to Read saving…. She was an intense advocate of the Reform, however the Reform as Amy explains was divided into many sects and although Anne was described as “more Lutheran than Luther himself” her actions seem to lean on more with the intellectual thought that Marguerite of Navarre a woman she admired during her time in France, first serving her future husband’s sister and then Queen Claude adopted which was a combination of Swiss, French and English radicalism.
Nov 04, Charity rated it liked it. He was a man of great appetites, ready to move heaven and earth for a woman he desired; dilm experiences need to be readdressed in a frank, modern take on the affairs of his heart.
Anne of Cleves also has a negative stereotype that she did take time to deconstruct and show that there are many inconsistencies with the declarations of her ladies and servants that said the marriage was not consummated when she could not speak very good English at this point to the fact that she was relieved the marriage was over when she wasn’t and after Katherine Howard’s demise might have expected in vain to become his wife again and therefore as her brother hoped, revive the Cleves alliance and when this didn’t happen and she found out about Henry’s marriage to his last wife she was very angry because she didn’t find Katherine Parr appealing.
Henry s women were uniquely placed to experience the tension between his chivalric ideals and the For a king renowned for his love life, Henry VIII has traditionally been depicted as something of a prude, but the story may have been different for the women who shared his bed.
They might not have consummated their union but something did went on there such as kisses or caresses and then Henry went to someone else to have sex.