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Six Wives : Queen Henry VIII - Starkey, David

Six Wives

Queen Henry VIII

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"Catherine of Aragon, the pious Spanish Catholic who suffered years of miscarriages and failed to produce a male heir; Anne Boleyn, the pretty, clever, French-educated 'Protestant' whose marriage to Henry changed England forever; Jane Seymour, the demure and submissive contrast to Anne's radical and vampish style; Anne of Cleves, 'the Mare of Flanders' whose short marriage to the over-weight Henry followed a farcical 'beauty contest'; Catherine Howard, the flirtatious teenager whose adulteries made a fool of the ageing King; Catherine Parr, the shrewd, religiously radical bluestocking who outlived him... In this dazzling study, David Starkey gives a richly textured picture of daily life at the Tudor Court from the woman's point of view. Above all, he establishes the interaction of the private and public, and demonstrates how the Queens of Henry VIII were central in determining political policy."

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"A tribute to Starkey's narrative drive, his puckish wit and sharp discrimination" * Sunday Times * "Relentlessly scholarly...Starkey's is the best study of Henry's wives ever published... A masterly and persuasive narrative which never loses its grip over the story or the reader" * Evening Standard * "High-powered history pithily expressed... This study of Henry VIII's women shows David Starkey at his best" * Sunday Telegraph * "So gripping that one finishes it wishing it were even longer... The punchy style adopted by Starkey is perfectly suited to the story he has to tell" * Mail on Sunday * "Starkey keeps the narrative alive with a combination of sound chronology, peppery opinion and startling detail... Six Wives provides an intriguing new perspective on this key period in English history" * Daily Telegraph *

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Family Treesp. xii
Introductionp. xv
Henry's Weddingsp. 1
Queen Catherine of Aragon
Parents: a power couplep. 11
Education for powerp. 15
Power weddingsp. 18
Englandp. 21
Negotiationsp. 24
Arthurp. 26
Preparationsp. 28
Delaysp. 31
Dogmap. 33
The journeyp. 38
Arrivalp. 40
Meetingp. 44
Hubrisp. 48
Londonp. 52
Wedding and beddingp. 58
The morning afterp. 62
Nemesisp. 73
A new marriage?p. 79
Hard timesp. 87
Harder timesp. 93
Hope and despairp. 99
Queenp. 106
Honeymoonp. 114
A sonp. 120
Warp. 123
Regentp. 135
The breach with Spainp. 149
The quest for an heirp. 155
On the shelfp. 160
Maryp. 164
Marrying Maryp. 179
Rival Queens
Divorcing Catherine
The preliminariesp. 197
Trial in secretp. 205
Between trialsp. 212
The legatep. 221
The Briefp. 225
Trial in open courtp. 232
The aftermathp. 248
Anne Boleyn
Beginningsp. 257
Debutp. 264
Henry in lovep. 278
Sole mistressp. 284
Henry and Anne: 'Our Matter'p. 285
Mistress and Ministerp. 294
Anne's envoyp. 304
Wolsey reascendantp. 313
Co-operation?p. 317
Wolsey's triumphp. 325
The sweatp. 330
Turning pointp. 335
Disillusionmentp. 339
Wolsey's fallp. 355
Injurious remediesp. 367
Cranmerp. 384
The Royal Supremacyp. 408
Wolsey's endp. 421
Attacking Catherinep. 433
Preliminaries to marriagep. 445
Anne's marriagep. 462
Archbishopp. 467
Divorce Absolutep. 477
Coronationp. 489
Christeningp. 503
Resistancep. 510
Hearts and mindsp. 524
The death of Catherine of Aragonp. 541
Reactionp. 549
Fallp. 554
The Towerp. 569
Jane Seymour
She stoops to conquer?p. 584
The Later Queens
A Conversationp. 611
Anne of Cleves
From Queen to sisterp. 617
Catherine Howard
'Virtuous and good behaviour'?p. 644
Interludep. 685
Catherine Parr
A courtier's daughterp. 690
Queen Catherinep. 711
Queen Regentp. 731
The testp. 752
Notesp. 766
Indexp. 819
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ISBN: 9780099437246
ISBN-10: 0099437244
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 880
Published: 4th March 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.2  x 5.8
Weight (kg): 0.73
Edition Number: 1