Six women were married to the infamous Henry VIII, king of England: Catherine of Aragon, a Catholic; Anne Boleyn, clever, ambitious, proud and manipulative; Jane Seymour, demure, sensible and warm-hearted; Anne of Cleves, unattractive, but with enough sense to escape her marriage not only unscathed, but as an independent woman of means; Catherine Howard, young and appallingly stupid; and Catherine Parr, intelligent, opinionated and patient.
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Weir explains the political, social and religious pressures that influenced Henry's choices of wives and describes the wily politicians and court favorites who manipulated him in and out of wedlock. Throughout the book, the six wives emerge as individuals with strong personalities who left their marks on the British monarchy and on history.
The review of this Book prepared by Felicia Jordan