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Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII ✻ [EPUB] ✰ Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII By David Starkey ❅ – No one in history had a eventful career in matrimony than Henry VIII His marriages were daring and tumultuous and made instant legends of six very different women In this remarkable study David Starke No one in history had a eventful career The Queens PDF Ë in matrimony than Henry VIII His marriages were daring and tumultuous and made instant legends of six very different women In this remarkable study David Starkey argues that the king was not a depraved philanderer but someone seeking happiness and a son Knowingly or not he elevateda group of women to extraordinary heights and changed the way Six Wives: Kindle - a nation was governedSix Wives is a masterful work of history that intimately examines the rituals of diplomacy marriage pregnancy and religion that were part of daily life for women at the Tudor Court Weaving new facts and fresh interpretations into a spellbinding account of the emotional drama surrounding Henry's six marriages David Starkey reveals the central role that the ueens played in determining policy With Wives: The Queens eBook ´ an eually keen eye for romantic and political intrigue he brilliantly recaptures the story of Henry's wives and the England they ruled.

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  1. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    MARRY KISS OR KILL THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIIIA play in several indecent actsACT ONEScene 1 The Year 1500 Plymouth DocksCatherine of Aragon aged 16 So this is England She is violently illScene 2 The Year 1501 LondonChuck Berry It was a teenage wedding and the old folks wished them wellYou could see that Young Arthur did truly love the mademoiselleCatherine Like what are you 15?Arthur Well yes begins cryingScene 3 The Year 1502 Ludlow Castle WalesArthur I’m going to bed I’ve got the collywobbles or something Later that evening Lady in Waiting Oh la Princess Catherine Prince Arthur has just diedCatherine Come on you’re pulling my plonker I only just got here We’ve only been married like five minutes Oh my God what a fucking disaster Now what?Scene 4 The Year 1502 LondonHenry VII We deeply regret the death of our heir and first born the right noble Prince Arthur But good news is we have another oneCatherine What? No don’t make fun of me I’m a young Spanish girl and apart from my 65 servants I’m completely alone in your creepy countryHenry VII No straight up Take a look Enter Prince Henry skipping He has his crown on backwards Prince Henry Hey sire Hey Kath Wassup?Catherine Hey Hal Wanna game of badminton? Wait Oh wait a moment speaks to Henry VII tell me this is a joke right? You don’t mean what I think you mean?Henry VII Smiling broadly I knew you’d catch on So what do you think? He’s a likely lad ain’t he – look at those plump calves give him a poke in his middle there he’s a likely lad alright WinksCatherine now in a towering Spanish rage He’s ten years old you old English pervHenry VII Calm down dear I didn’t mean now obviously not now You’ll have to wait around a bit But you know you’ll get to be ueen It’s all good Catherine Well how long do you suppose I’ll be having to hang around then?Henry VII Oh er how does seven years sound?Catherine sings It might as well rain until 1509Scene 5 The year 1521 LondonHenry VIII Look you can’t say I didn’t give her a fair crack of the whip But I got to say it looks like God didn’t want me to be married to this one How many times has she been up the duff? About a zillion? And how many sons do I have? About none? Am I right?Cardinal Wolsey Okay boss but we can’t do nothing without the word Henry VIII The word?Wolsey Yeah From R O M E Henry VIII Well what do I pay you for? Get it done And ask the Lady Anne to join me in my privy chamber I wish to fumble with her lambkinsHenry VIII solilouyShe comes around here just about midnight haShe make me feel so good I wanna say she make me feel all rightComes a walkin' down my street then she comes up to my palace She knock upon my door and then she comes to my privy chamberYeah an' she make me feel all right And her name isA N N E B O L E Y NI'm talkin' bout B O L E Y NShout it out nowACT TWOScene 1 The Year 1522 London Catherine of Aragon solilouy Boleyn Boleyn Boleyn Boleyyyyyyyyyyn I'm begging of you please don't take my man Boleyn Boleyn Boleyn Boleyyyyyyyyyyn Please don't take him just because you can Your beauty is beyond compare With flaming locks of coal black hair With ivory skin And eyes of emerald green Your smile is like a breath of spring Your voice is soft like summer rain And I cannot compete with you BoleynBoleyn Boleyn Boleyn Boleyyyyyyyyyyn I'm begging of you please don't take my man Well you could have your choice of men But I could never love again He's the only one for me Boleyn And I had to have this talk with you My happiness depends on you And whatever you decide to do BoleynScene 2 The year 1529 LondonEnter CatherineCatherine Greetings most bountiful Lord my dear husbandHenry VII Good morrow lodgerCatherine Lodger? Nay wife I trowHenry VIII LodgerCatherine WifeHenry VIII LodgerCatherine Don't give me this crap My lord we have asked the Pope these several times and he says our marriage is a true and indissoluble bond fused in the highest heavens which can never be broken asunderHenry VII Yeah well I will crush the Pope’s brains with my own two handsScene 3 Later that dayAnne Boleyn Look I’m not getting any youngerCatherine of Aragon We all noticed thatAnne Shut your trap you fat slagHenry VIII O who shall envieth the King of England who like a badger entrapp’d by hounds turns now to the left hand and now to the right yet seeest no sky This lodger of mine has my balls in a Spanish salt grinder Enter WolseyHenry VIII Well what have you got for me?Wolsey Well it’s complicated It looks like the Pope’s not playing ball DiesEnter Thomas CranmerCranmer I have an idea It could be the Pope is a hereticHenry VIII I like that Talk to me ThomasAnne to Henry VIII You got to do something that no one else did Friends say that it can’t be done But all my love you know you've won So third finger left hand That's where you gotta place the wedding band The Vandellas Oooo ooohHenry VIII Yeah yeah I get itScene 4 The Year 1530 LondonEnter Thomas CromwellCromwell Sire I have a crazy idea but it just might work Why don’t you be the Pope Of England The Popeof England Yeah Like that It be coolHenry VIII By my trow that man hath the sow by the right earScene 5 The Year 1536 The Tower of LondonAnne Boleyn How did the old fool find out? I was so discreet with Mark Smeaton Sir Henry Norris Sir Francis Weston Sir Richard Page Sir Thomas Wyatt my brother Sir Francis Bryan the Spanish ambassador oh my he was goodThomas Cromwell listening at the door AhaHenry VIII Various cardinals and courtiers chaunting doo wop a wop in the backgroundHere's the moral and the story from the guy who knowsI fell in love and my love still growsAsk any Protestant in the landThey'll say keep away from a Runaround AnneShe likes to travel around yeahShe'll love you and she'll put you downNow people let me put you wiseAnne goes out with other guysScene 6 The Year 1536 Tower Hill LondonExecutioner Don’t worry I’m good at this You won’t feel a thingAnne Slag She is beheaded The Executioner holds up her head and shows it to the crowdHead SlagsACT THREEScene 1 Next dayHenry Oh JaneJane Seymour Oh Henry Scene 2 Later that same yearCromwell Sire my liege most gracious Highness do you want the good news or the bad newsHenry Oh the good news you know meCromwell You have a sonHenry At last Brilliant What’s the bad news – has it got two heads?Cromwell No it’s okay but your wife kind of diedScene 3 The Year 1537 Some palace in England who caresHenry Mail order? What do you mean?Cromwell Well you look at the pix and you decide which one you like and then they ship her over Henry not convinced What if the pictures are attainted – suborned – photoshopped?Cromwell You send Hans Holbein over he does you a uick portrait and Bob’s your uncleHenry Well okay thumbs through the book – what about that one?Cromwell Oh sorry – dead of plague Henry That one?Cromwell Ah yeah she was cute Look at those tasty wambles But er they burned her for heresy only last week Henry not known for his patience Then that oneCromwell Okay Saxony here we comeScene 4 The Year 1539 Rochester Henry is peeking through a heavy curtainHenry Oh my God Is that her? Tell me it’s not so She looks like a monkfish I’ve seen prettier partially eaten dead donkeys I wouldn’t touch that one with a ten foot pole My dick has shrivelled off and is now running away at great speed I’m going to have Hans Holbein’s guts on toast for dinner Cromwell singing frantically and capering aboutIf you wanna be happy for the rest of your lifeNever make a pretty woman your wifeSo from my personal point of viewGet an ugly girl to marry youScene 5 The Year 1540 A street in LondonCourtier 1 I heard he hated her but he couldn’t get out of itCourtier 2 Yes and I heard from a very good source that he couldn’t get it up – I can’t say I’m surprised did you see her yet? The actual words he used were whispers “I could not in any wise overcome that loathsomeness in her company and be provoked or stirred to that act”Courtier 1 Oh I say what a disahster – what does she say about it?Courtier 2 Well what I heard was that she was such an ignorant German goose that she wondered why she didn’t get with child even though all he ever did was say Madam I bid thee goodnightCourtier 1 Well I can’t say I’m surprised that nobody had explained the birds and the bees to her before I mean why would you need to bother? Courtier 2 I know Isn’t it just too deliciousScene 6 The Year 1540 LondonCromwell Sign here Here And here Anne of Cleves Er – how much a year did you say? Cromwell £4000Anne Das ist das beste Angebot das ich hatte das ganze Jahr über haben She signsScene 7 The Year 1541 A fence in Pall Mall LondonFirst sparrow So much for the new ueen thenSecond sparrow I here she’s happy enough where she is1st sparrow What rolling around in a basket?2nd sparrow Huh? No she has a nice house she’s okay1st sparrow They chopped her head off2nd sparrow They did? Wow I did not hear that Was it because she was so damned ugly?1st sparrow No idiot she was a pretty little thing2nd sparrow What Anne? She was a dog1st sparrow No not Anne Catherine2nd sparrow Who’s a idiot? Catherine’s long gone I’m talking about Anne Of Cleves1st sparrow Oh – I get it – you’ve been away you missed a whole ueen Yeah man they come and go uick you blink and you miss a whole ueen Ha ha that’s kind of funny A 3rd sparrow flutters down to join them3rd sparrow Hey this new ueen’s all right Dunno how long she’ll last though 1st sparrow She already got the chop bro Dead ‘n’ gone deader ‘n’ dead3rd sparrow What Catherine?1st sparrow Yep Catherine 3rd sparrow Catherine Parr?1st sparrow No what who’s she?2nd sparrow Ha ha youse guys this is the most ridiculousest conversation I ever heard between London sparrows A 4th sparrow flutters down to join them4th sparrow Hey Henry’s dead guysAll Henry who?

  2. Marie desJardins Marie desJardins says:

    I find it hard to believe that none of the goodreads reviews that I read about this book mentioned his horribly sexist and patronizing attitude It starts with his insulting characterization of a female historian as being able to get access to archived material because she's pretty and just gets worse from there His constant editorializing about his personal views on marriage and society are also offensive and unprofessional for a writer of history Sample passage He expected marriage to make him happy rather than merely content which is the most that sensible people hope for The result nowadays is a soaring divorce rate and a looming crisis of marriage Oh and men die left and right because of lust and over enthusiastic consummation of the marriage Really? These constant asides and interpretations just make Starkey sound ridiculousMeanwhile the book meanders includes tons of irrelevant detail without keeping the narrative moving forward and are repetitive and tedious when Starkey isn't busy commenting snarkily on the character of various historical figuresI thought the book was just awful and didn't bother finishing it Highly disrecommended for anybody who doesn't share Starkey's sexist antiuated views of women's role in the world

  3. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    THE REASONABLY SENSIBLE REVIEWHaving had some crude knockabout fun with this book I thought that it deserved a reasonably straight review too As Shakespeare didn’t say some are born weird some achieve weirdness and some have weirdness thrust upon them This is English history as Mexican soap opera It’s compelling stuffTHE BOOKDavid Starkey is a loathesome right wing creep who gets invited onto British political discussion programmes because producers know he’ll say something outrageous and all the liberals will be hissing about him the next morning But he’s a solid historian who attacks his field monarchy in general Tudors in particular with gusto and narrative energy Mostly he’s a good read In this book he includes way too much detail about the pomp ‘n’ ceremony and the royal progresses the King on tour and the protocols and suchlike mainly I think aside from the possibility that he’s in love with all this stuff because it’s like what used to be called Kremlin watching When you can’t get the inside dope you have to infer what’s going off in the court by who sits with who and who visits who and for how long It’s not all like that – we do have lots of juicy bits tooSo I would have cut this book by about one third – it’s a bugger to lug about – but it becomes easy to spot which bits can be skipped And even when you do all the ceremony skipping it’s still really longBut the story is very remarkable and the psychology is all intact for the armchair studentGOD WARSAs we know when kings marry it’s not for love it’s all part of the dynastic chess game Henry broke this rule a couple of times and did marry for love and see how that turned out – not well There were two main problems for Henry’s wives – producing sons only one managed to do that and only one son and figuring out their place in the ongoing religious hoo hah called the ReformationThis needs a word of explanation I had been thinking before reading this book that when Henry decided the Pope was never going to give him a straight answer about his divorce and told the Pope to take a running jump and declared himself to be the supreme head of the English Church that this was the English Reformation and the country then became Protestant Not so Henry didn’t change anything he was just as Catholic as the next Pope He dissolved the monasteries but that was purely for money So the Protestants were laying out their theologies that transubstantiation did not exist that only faith got you to heaven etc but Henry was burning them for it The reformation in England happened after Henry It was a complicated piecemeal affair But Henry’s wives were all caught up in the whole religious war which was sometimes hot sometimes cold always subversive to personal lives always cruel never merciful They each had their beliefs or they thought they did and they perforce had to get involved in all the manoeuvring once they became ueen It wasn’t pretty It was the end for than one of themTHE WIVES1 Catherine of Aragon Well she had a strange life She was a piece on the diplomatic chessboard moved around by her parents and by Henry VII and then by his son She never got to do much of anything she actually wanted to do She was Spanish and was betrothed to Arthur son of Henry VII at the age of three he was 2 When she was 16 she went off to England to be finally married The groom was 15 Less than a year later he died So now what? Bright idea from Henry VII – she should stick around in England and marry his other son Henry Who was ten at the time She had no choice So when he was 17 and she was 24 they married She had umpteen pregnancies produced only one daughter and no sons and Henry became convinced she was a dud and that someone else should get the job The way he was going to dump Catherine was to say that they were never married – he found a verse in the Bible saying marrying your brother’s widow is wrong there’s another verse saying marrying your brother’s widow is compulsory so he decided the marriage was never legal He just had to persuade the Pope who was a political pawn of Catherine’s uncle and who took 7 years to not make a decision So Henry dumped the Pope then dumped Catherine Good news he didn't kill her 2 Anne Boleyn – after Penelope Cruz came Elizabeth Taylor Henry couldn’t keep up Eventually he decided either she was getting way too Protestant and radical so he got Cromwell to fit her up with some bogus adultery charges or she really had been spreading herself around the court Who knew She got the chop3 Jane Seymour – After Penelope Cruz and Liz Taylor came Bridget Jones Henry really liked her ordinariness She liked him too Life was good Then she got pregnant Better still Then she had a boy The best ueen ever Then a week later she died4 Anne of Cleves This was where Henry selected her out of several foreign possibilities based on portraits Turned out she was so ugly he almost couldn't look at her the Flanders Mare But he took pity explained to her via a translator that her looks prevented him from getting an erection and that therefore the marriage was annulled and she could stay in England and be his sister instead 5 Catherine Howard Then came Lindsay Lohan She lasted 18 months Boy bands have had longer careers Her head rolled6 Finally Catherine Parr who actually outlived survived Henry by about 18 months She came close to getting the chop but did some fast talking Immediately in a matter of weeks after he died she married the guy she really loved then became pregnant then died It was dangerous being female in the 16th century 500 years later in a lot of places not much has improved

  4. Hannah Hannah says:

    I got off on the wrong foot with Mr Starkey's work by page 3 of his introduction in which he oh so faintly disses Antonia Fraser's and Alison Weir's books on Henry's 6 wives both of which I greatly enjoy refer to often and have proudly nestled in my bookshelves side by sideAfter that it was all downhill IMO his offering doesn't hold a candle to theirs in terms of scholarship or readabilityNeedless to say his book won't be nestled between Fraser's and Weir's on my Tudor shelf😑

  5. Cwelshhans Cwelshhans says:

    I'm finding it difficult to assess this book because I found the forward to be so incredibly off putting Starkey comes across as arrogant and contemptuous of all biographers who have come before him and this impression is reinforced by occasional subseuent comments by him in the rest of the book Starkey inserts himself at points to congratulate himself on new interpretations of primary sources and he also lumps together and denigrates all the others who held a different view While he may be correct the effect is obnoxious His coverage of Catherine of Aargon and Anne Boleyn is incredibly detailed but the other four wives are given a very superficial telling While I appreciate Starkey's defense that Catherine and Anne had much bigger roles to play there are key events in the lives of the other four wives that are entirely skipped here Starkey likely will roll his eyes and dismiss me with a derogatory comment but I much preferred Alison Weir's Six Wives

  6. Michelle Liddy Michelle Liddy says:

    I enjoyed reading this I know a lot of people find Starkey off putting but I like to see a bit of personality in an information heavy read The main complaint I've seen is that he blows his own trumpet a bit too much Im not bothered by that He's a well accepted authority on Tudor England and he's got other books to sell A bit of in book marketing is all I see If information or an interpretation thereof is new then why not point it out If you've nothing new to say then you're just relaying information available I found it to be very comprehensive I broke it up and read a wife at a time while reading shorter novels in between and it was a manageable task that way Reading it the whole way through would have been too much for me If you need to know about the wives this is the place to start

  7. Mo Mo says:

    I've read several books about King Henry VIII and some of his wivesmistresses Ie Catherine of Aragon Anne and Mary Boleyn but this is my first that covers all of the wives I'm afraid it was pretty dull I was put off immediately by the arrogant tone of the writing David Starkey sounds like he things an awful lot of himself The writing was peppered with little asides similar to 'all other historians think this but they were wrong here's what really happened' As if Mr Starkey was there and has some great insight that no one else does So yeah the writing style irked me I also didn't like how the flow of the book was put together It makes perfect sense to have six sections ie one for each wife but I didn't like how there was no interconnectedness between the overlapping wives particularly Catherine and Anne Anne was a huge part of Henry's life and a major influence during the divorce but the book went all the way through Catherine hardly mentioning Anne and then when the section on Anne began we went back in time to when the affair with Anne started and then Catherine was barely mentioned I think it would have made sense to have a seventh section here perhaps titled 'the divorce'? where the overlapping nature of these two relationships was explored together rather than separately I also think that there was a lot of extraneous detail Things like who rode their horse where how long it took and whether it was a rough ride or not because of the weather I could have probably edited about one or two hundred pages of stuff that really doesn't matter and doesn't appear to have anything significant to do with Henry's wives ie the title of the book I also just have to point out there was one whole section on a bowel movement that Henry had No joke I read it and the sections before and after it a couple of times to figure out why the hell it was there I never could figure it out On a high note I think that this book represents a lot of thought and research on the part of David Starkey There were sections where he mentioned that the following material had never been presented before and he does offer differing opinions I think he would consider them fact I consider them opinion than what you can find in other resources If I were reading this book for it's scholarly value and depth I would give it a higher rating Alas I'm a simple layperson reading about a time in history that I'm interested in and would therefore give it 2 stars and not recommend it for folks like me

  8. Fraser Smith Fraser Smith says:

    Reading other reviews on this book I am struck how the reviewer focuses on the author rather than the work I don't agree with the author policitically but found no evidence whatsoever in this work of any misogyny as other reviewers have At nearly a 1000 pages long six wivesThe ueens of Henry VIII is a rolling tumbling lop sided book The first two of Henry's ueens albeit probably the most famous take up the vast majority of this book Catherine of Aragon is treated with kindness and almost pity by Starkey as he goes into intimate detail into the now famous divorce The one distinct exception is the reformation which Starkey paints as almost a forgotten side show in this carnival of Love depression obsession and betrayal Anne Boleyn is treated with almost contempt and you feel the tone of the book lift as the sword of the executioner falls to remove her head It is here that the book speeds up Jane Seymour Anne of Cleeves and Catherine Howard are dealt with in the blink of an eye Catherine Parr who outlived Henry similarly is dispatched uickly No study of the six ueens woud be complete without the mention of the king and Henry is shown to be capricious over bearing and at times almost pocessed there is almost an unmentioned sympathy towards the king in places In short; if you're looking for a uick study of tudor life there are better easier and accessible works out there If on the other hand the daily life at Tudor court and the policital complexities of the time draw you in Six Wives is a good place to start

  9. Krista Ashe Krista Ashe says:

    I am a Tudor History Buff aka nerd If it's about Henry VIII his wives Elizabeth I etc I will read it On my bookshelf I have Alison Weir's Six Wives of Henry VIII I had seen David Starkey's PBS documentary before and I was interested in reading the book So I checked it out of the libraryall 600 plus pages of it I felt he spend too much time on the lives of Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn True these are the most pivotal ueens in Henry's life and English history but Jane Seymour and Catherine Parr should have had I was also disappointed that there was about two paragrahs of Catherine's life after Henry's death It is a very thorough look at Henry and his wives There is numerous examples to letters and other court documents After just coming off the book at the other look at Anne Boleyn I was a little disappointed in the way her story was treated He would mention her a few pages and then go back to Catherine of Aragon's story It was an odd way to flashback rather than take each ueen's story Overall I feel Allison Weir's book was much much better

  10. Emma Emma says:

    I had to make an 'unfinished' shelf just for this book I stopped reading at the preface due to Starkey's derogatory comment about Agnes Strickland 'She charmed she was very pretty especially for a scholar her way into the national archives of both Britain and France' pg xviiiI felt it wasn't necessary to continue reading his work if he felt it necessary to make comments about another historian's appearance and how that influenced her work as it is supremely irrelevant His tone throughout the opening chapter I found condescending and seeing as this book was all about women I chose not to finish because I had a strong feeling his views on what makes a woman successful her appearance would crop up again I also thought it was interesting that in a book about all six of Henry's wives over 500 pages were dedicated to Catherine of Aragon a lengthy chapter on Anne Boleyn then his other four wives Jane Seymour Anne of Cleves Catherine Howard Catherine Parr were lumped together in a tiny chapter at the end Supremely disappointed

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