I particularly liked how Fraser gave you a history of the women, their family connections and how they, somewhat unfortunately I think, came into Henry's radar. For it was Henry's own peculiar destiny to be attracted to women of spirit and discover afterward that spirit in a wife was an irritation he could not suffer gladly. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. I was drawn to the easy writing and how nothing seemed to be left out. I was very impressed with the completeness of her research and the desire to humanize each of the wives.
Though I do now have more understanding of her insecurity and why that may have happened. Each wife is given attention, but especially Catherine of Aragon, who was married to Henry for 24 years before he tossed her aside for Anne Boleyn. My Life with Harold Pinter. While I found many of these to be revisionist and quite dry in their style, I thought Antonia Fraser did a superior job in detailing the history of the era in a style more friendly to the reader. She is a bit overly wordy, and there are a lot of things that fit better under different sections other than where she placed them. In the preface Fraser says she wants to present the wives in an objective view, disproving the common stereotypes associated with them. Also, interesting discourse on her Lutheran tendancies- it appears she was a geniune reformer.
All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Il libro è scritto molto bene. Divorced, beheaded, died; Divorced, beheaded, survived. After all, he was King of England. It was large, heavy and had a cover that looked and felt like an ancient parchment. And yet of course, he was king - if all he wanted was to get laid, who would stop him? I had not previously realized that she had endured the loss of other babies, one of whom was a son, before the birt This was a hearty read - chock full of fascinating insights and information regarding all of Henry's wives. Thus the manoeuvres by families to position their daughters to catch the King's gaze were the cynical manipulation of a concrete situation.
I thought the book itself was really researched and really put together. Fraser tries to bring to life his true personality and the portrayal that comes out is not very flattering. That some of these changes were linked to Henry's marriages is a reflection of the nature of Tudor society and Henry's personality. About this Item: Arrow, 1993. It has photos of many of the important sites like exactly where royalty are buried. The stereotypes exist because they're based on truth, and any extra information Fraser shares with us about these women's educations or whatever doesn't do much to convince me otherwise. However, Antonia Fraser manages to put her own spin on these famous wives and brings out details and facets of each woman that I hadn't previously contemplated.
Britain on the Brink, 1832. It doesn't give you sympathy with him, per se, but it did succeed in lessening the vitrolic disgust a bit. He wanted an object of desire. I also appreciated how Fraser stressed out that the bad reputations surrounding some of the wives are not necessarily deserved. It took me awhile to read this book through not fault of the author or the book itself , but I was able to pick up where I left off each time I read and I finally made it through.
While this would be a quality history by any standard, I've decided to judge it by exactly the standard that Antonia Fraser sets for herself right at the beginning of the book. Typically a grazed corner or torn cover. For instance, I did not realise that it was Henry's desire for a male heir that drove him so thoroughly to move from woman to woman. Now, I did think that Catherine of Aragon had a bigger section, but she was married to Henry for twenty years! This book was written about 10 years before Starkey's book and doesn't have the very latest research- mostly documents which have recently come to light regarding Catherine of Aragon and her supposed virginity at the time of her marriage to Henry - but otherwise all the relevant history is here as in the former. I also wanted to get a better picture of what happened after Anne Boleyn.
Of course, it showed the picture of where she was executed and the chapel right behind where she is buried under the side of the altar. I enjoyed seeing how these women rose to power and in how many cases fell from grace. Although I had to struggle with the innumerable and often confusing names and titles of the gargantuan cast in the presentation, this didn't thwart my desire to get to the end. No one was exactly lining up for the job. But a much stronger objection to Lady Antonia's point is that divorce, as modern experience has proved, need not be the end of one's life. Henry just always needed a woman next to him- to oppress them, sometimes. If I knew someone like that, I'd recommend Fraser's book without hesitation.
Thus Catherine of Aragon becomes The Betrayed Wife, Anne Boleyn is The Temptress, Jane Seymour The Good Wife, Anna of Cleves is The Ugly Sister, Katherine Howard The Bad Girl; and finally Catherine Parr is The Mother Figure. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. Fraser provides you with so much interesting information; she sources documents, written accounts, letters, bills of fare and much more. Catherine Parr was a good wife and a good mother to her three stepchildren and needy immature husband. She makes it a point to address our most prominent myths about the Queens, and tell us either why they're untrue, or leave the question open.