Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Six Wives, Oh My!

Henry VIII. . . known as a very handsome man in his time "a face carved by angels". . . he is no looker in my book!

Henry VIII has been on my mind lately. . . I know it sounds strange but, Pace bought me the best book for Christmas and I have just had the chance to finish it. . .

The Six Wives Of Henry the VIII by: Alison Wier

This book was so enthralling that I literally could not put the book down!
It had all the historical facts but none of the dryness. . . the facts were laid out in such a way to keep you on the edge of your seat to find out what happens next (or in my case. . . why it happened next. . . it is not a well kept secret that most of his wives were sent to the chopping block!)

It is unfathomable to think that ONE man could have SIX wives in a life span of about 55 years (not to mention that 3 of them were within a 4 year span!)
Especially in those days where the average life expectancy was 30! It was documented that a woman peasant mentioned that on his 4th wife "how many wives will he have?"

Henry's six wives. . . I personally like Anne Bolyn and Anne of Cleves best! It is the opposite of what Henry thought! the first was beheaded on made up charges and the second was so repulsing to the King that he couldn't even consummate the marriage.

From a woman's perspective I would recommend this book to all you ladies. . . it has fascinating insight into the lives of women in the 14/1500's and gives you a new found respect for all of our ancestors. . . not just those poor six women who fell prey to this mighty King of England!

Karli's book rating: 9 out of 10


Mark & Alison said...

Have you seen the movie, "The Other Boleyn Girl?" Mark and I rented it one night and I liked it. It was obviously kind of sad in the end but I learned a lot from it. In the movie Henry is a "looker" (at the beginning of the movie anyway). Maybe you will have to check it out.

P.S. I am still deciding which pictures I want to send... too many to choose from!