The Children of Henry VIII

Author: Alison Weir

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 9780345407863

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 385

View: 9512


Recounts the lives of Henry VIII's heirs and the intrigues that arose from their struggle to ascend their father's throne

The Children of Henry VIII

Author: John Guy

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198700873

Category: History

Page: 280

View: 9862


"Nothing consumed Henry VIII, England's wealthiest and most powerful king, more than his desire to produce a legitimate male heir and perpetuate the Tudor dynasty. To that end he married six wives, became the subject of the most notorious divorce case of the sixteenth century, and broke with the pope, all in an age of international competition and warfare, social unrest, and growing religious intolerance and discord. Henry fathered four children who survived childhood, each by a different mother. In The Children of Henry VIII, renowned Tudor historian John Guy tells their stories, returning to the archives and drawing on a vast array of contemporary records, personal letters, ambassadors' reports, and other eyewitness accounts, including the four children's own handwritten letters. Guy's compelling narrative illuminates their personalities, depicting siblings often scarred by jealously, mutual distrust, bitter rivalry, even hatred. Possessed of quick wits and strong wills, their characters were defined partly by the educations they received, and partly by events over which they had no control. Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond, although recognized as the king's son, could never forget his illegitimacy. Edward would succeed his father, but died while still in his teens, desperately plotting to exclude his half-sisters from the throne, and utterly failing to do so. Mary's world was shattered by her mother Catherine of Aragon's divorce and her own unhappy marriage. Elizabeth was the most successful, but also the luckiest. Even so, she lived with the knowledge that her father had ordered her mother Anne Boleyn's execution, was often in fear of her own life, and could never marry the one man she truly loved. John Guy takes us behind the façade of politics and pageantry at the Tudor court, vividly capturing the greatest and most momentous family drama in all of English history."--Publisher's website.

Children of England

Author: Alison Weir

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446449130

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 5301


'Recounted with her usual lively thoroughness by Alison Weir, my favourite Tudor historian' Philippa Gregory When Henry VIII died in 1547, he left three highly intelligent children to succeed him in turn, to be followed, if their lines failed, by the descendants of his sister, Mary Tudor. Children of England begins at the point where The Six Wives of Henry VIII came to an end and covers the period until Elizabeth succeeded to the throne in 1558. Making use of a huge variety of contemporary sources, Alison Weir brings to life one of the most extraordinary periods of English history, when each of Henry's heirs was potentially the tool of powerful political or religious figures, and when the realm was seething with intrigue and turbulent change.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

Author: Alison Weir

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 0802198759

Category: History

Page: 676

View: 8991


A “brilliantly written and meticulously researched” biography of royal family life during England’s second Tudor monarch (San Francisco Chronicle). Either annulled, executed, died in childbirth, or widowed, these were the well-known fates of the six queens during the tempestuous, bloody, and splendid reign of Henry VIII of England from 1509 to 1547. But in this “exquisite treatment, sure to become a classic” (Booklist), they take on more fully realized flesh and blood than ever before. Katherine of Aragon emerges as a staunch though misguided woman of principle; Anne Boleyn, an ambitious adventuress with a penchant for vengeance; Jane Seymour, a strong-minded matriarch in the making; Anne of Cleves, a good-natured woman who jumped at the chance of independence; Katherine Howard, an empty-headed wanton; and Katherine Parr, a warm-blooded bluestocking who survived King Henry to marry a fourth time. “Combin[ing] the accessibility of a popular history with the highest standards of a scholarly thesis”, Alison Weir draws on the entire labyrinth of Tudor history, employing every known archive—early biographies, letters, memoirs, account books, and diplomatic reports—to bring vividly to life the fates of the six queens, the machinations of the monarch they married and the myriad and ceaselessly plotting courtiers in their intimate circle (The Detroit News). In this extraordinary work of sound and brilliant scholarship, “at last we have the truth about Henry VIII’s wives” (Evening Standard).

Henry VIII

Author: Stewart Ross

Publisher: Evans Brothers

ISBN: 023754248X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 61

View: 6069


A latest entry in the popular historical series introduces young readers to the infamous acts of King Henry VIII while inviting them to hear the testimony of historical figures and decide if the 16th-century monarch's choices were justified. Original.

Henry viii

Author: Albert Pollard

Publisher: Ozymandias Press

ISBN: 1531279384

Category: History

Page: 539

View: 7897


It is perhaps a matter rather for regret than for surprise that so few attempts have been made to describe, as a whole, the life and character of Henry VIII. No ruler has left a deeper impress on the history of his country, or done work which has been the subject of more keen and lasting contention. Courts of law are still debating the intention of statutes, the tenor of which he dictated; and the moral, political, and religious, are as much in dispute as the legal, results of his reign. He is still the Great Erastian, the protagonist of laity against clergy. His policy is inextricably interwoven with the high and eternal dilemma of Church and State; and it is well-nigh impossible for one who feels keenly on these questions to treat the reign of Henry VIII. in a reasonably judicial spirit. No period illustrates more vividly the contradiction between morals and politics. In our desire to reprobate the immorality of Henry's methods, we are led to deny their success; or, in our appreciation of the greatness of the ends he achieved, we seek to excuse the means he took to achieve them. As with his policy, so with his character. There was nothing commonplace about him; his good and his bad qualities alike were exceptional. It is easy, by suppressing the one or the other, to paint him a hero or a villain. He lends himself readily to polemic; but to depict his character in all its varied aspects, extenuating nothing nor setting down aught in malice, is a task of no little difficulty...

History in Action 4

Author: Karen Cooksey

Publisher: Folens Limited

ISBN: 1843036797

Category: History

Page: 80

View: 9588


Instant lesson plans, with teacher notes on differentiation, and engaging copiable activities for pupils. Book 4 concentrates on popular topics for ages 7 to 9, matching the QCA Scheme of Work for History and meeting NC requirements. More topics for 7 to 9 year olds are covered in Book 3.

Henry VIII

Author: Alison Weir

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 632

View: 904


Examines the king's remarkable influence on the laws, customs, culture, and politics of his kingdom and profiles the diverse courtiers, artists, and scholars who surrounded Henry VIII.

Henry VIII (Penguin Monarchs)

Author: John Guy

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141977132

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

View: 8570


Charismatic, insatiable and cruel, Henry VIII was, as John Guy shows, a king who became mesmerized by his own legend - and in the process destroyed and remade England. Said to be a 'pillager of the commonwealth', this most instantly recognizable of kings remains a figure of extreme contradictions: magnificent and vengeful; a devout traditionalist who oversaw a cataclysmic rupture with the church in Rome; a talented, towering figure who nevertheless could not bear to meet people's eyes when he talked to them. In this revealing new account, John Guy looks behind the mask into Henry's mind to explore how he understood the world and his place in it - from his isolated upbringing and the blazing glory of his accession, to his desperate quest for fame and an heir and the terrifying paranoia of his last, agonising, 54-inch-waisted years.

Why Did Henry VIII Marry Six Times?

Author: John Gorman

Publisher: Evans Brothers

ISBN: 9780237530402

Category: Great Britain

Page: 32

View: 6552


This series has been created to support the schemes of work in the History Curriculum at Key Stage 2. Each spread addresses a particular topic. Text is clear and divided into easily digestible paragraphs, whilst key words are highlighted. Suggestion boxes provide activities and tips for the reader.