Le sei mogli di Enrico VIII

Le sei mogli di Enrico VIII

Antonia Fraser / Sep 15, 2019

Le sei mogli di Enrico VIII In a sweeping narrative Fraser traces the cultural familial and political roots of each of Henry s queens pushes aside the stereotypes that have long defined them and illuminates the complex chara

  • Title: Le sei mogli di Enrico VIII
  • Author: Antonia Fraser
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  • Page: 466
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In a sweeping narrative, Fraser traces the cultural, familial and political roots of each of Henry s queens, pushes aside the stereotypes that have long defined them, and illuminates the complex character of each The result is a superb work of history through which these six women become as memorable for their own achievements and mistakes as they have always been for tIn a sweeping narrative, Fraser traces the cultural, familial and political roots of each of Henry s queens, pushes aside the stereotypes that have long defined them, and illuminates the complex character of each The result is a superb work of history through which these six women become as memorable for their own achievements and mistakes as they have always been for their fateful link to Henry VIII Illustrations.

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      • Antonia Fraser

        Antonia Fraser is the author of many widely acclaimed historical works, including the biographies Mary, Queen of Scots a 40th anniversary edition was published in May 2009 , Cromwell Our Chief of Men, King Charles II and The Gunpowder Plot CWA Non Fiction Gold Dagger St Louis Literary Award She has written five highly praised books which focus on women in history, The Weaker Vessel Women s Lot in Seventeenth Century Britain Wolfson Award for History, 1984 , The Warrior Queens Boadecia s Chariot, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Marie Antoinette The Journey Franco British Literary Prize 2001 , which was made into a film by Sofia Coppola in 2006 and most recently Love and Louis XIV The Women in the Life of the Sun King She was awarded the Norton Medlicott Medal by the Historical Association in 2000 Antonia Fraser was made DBE in 2011 for her services to literature Her most recent book is Must You Go , celebrating her life with Harold Pinter, who died on Christmas Eve 2008 She lives in London.


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    1. 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. She says that her mission is to rescue the six wives of Henry VIII from the sterotypes that have plagued them for centuries (not to mention the horrid singsong of "divorced, beheaded died" etc). The stereotypes in question are, in order: "The Betrayed Wife, The Temptress, The Good Woman, the Ugly Sister, The Bad Girl, and [...]


    2. I read this non-fiction account of the six wives of Henry VIII because my interest was piqued by the television series The Tudors and the historical fiction novels Tudor Court by Philippa Gregory. Prior to these two sources, I had no real knowledge of the women Henry married; of course, I knew their fates were “divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded and survived” as that little ditty goes although I had not heard that particular ditty. So where better to go to now than a non-fiction ac [...]


    3. Having read a book called the last queenwhich details the life of queen Juana of Castile, the last queen of Spanish blood to inherit her country's throne, her sister Catherine of Argon was the first wife go King Henry VIII. I came acrosswhen it was reviewed by a member I decided to give it a try as Tudor history has not been high my radar and I wanted to learn more about Catherine's time in England. I was pleasantly surprised by this book as it is well written and well researched and Antonia Fr [...]


    4. "I havetempted to deal with each woman in turn with the sympathy I feel they all deserve for having had the unenviable fate (to my way of thinking) of being married to Henry VIII. At the same time I have tried to practise the detachment which recognizes that this is an eminently modern judgement; not one of the King's six wives married him against her will. I have also hoped to practise that detachment towards the King himself: the gigantic Maypole at the centre of of all round which these women [...]


    5. This is a work of elaborate research into and objective recount of the lives and fates of the six queens of Henry VIII. 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.The stories of the women themselves are poignant, if not upsetting (upsetting because they are not fictitious but real people). Their fates are a direct result of the times they lived in, which was probab [...]


    6. Loved everything about this. For me, Antonia Fraser can do no wrong - at least thus far. I even learned a few new things about the wives, which I didn't think was possible at this point. Highly recommended.


    7. Some may think that having already read "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" by Alison Weir, that reading "The Wives of Henry VIII" would be Tudor over-kill and nothing more than repetition. 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. I am not sure I could choose a favorite between Weir and Fraser. If I remember correctly, Weir seemed to put a bit more focus on Anne Boleyn while Fraser l [...]


    8. I wanted to get a better overview of the whole series of wives of Henry VIII from the vantage of actual history, rather than historical fiction. I also wanted to get a better picture of what happened after Anne Boleyn. I enjoyed this book a great deal. Fraser creates a compelling narrative while retaining good scholarship. She does a good job of going over what information is hard fact, what is conjecture, what is rumor, what is likely or unlikely - she's honest about the reliability of the vari [...]


    9. Really, this book serves to illustrate that coitus interruptus can work out to be a reliable method of birth control, as it probably did for Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn while they were waiting six long years for the king's divorce from Catherine of Aragon in order to be married. Which means whatever blushing nun taught me "sexual education" at my all girls' Catholic high school was lying to me. Immaculate Heart of Mary, my ass. Of course, when I pointed out that maybe this could be the story behi [...]


    10. This book takes a comprehensive look at the 6 wives of Henry VIII. The narrative is lively and interesting, with many period details. I'm always fascinated by historical accounts of how women were treated during various eras, and the power and condescension of men over women during this time was quite striking. All of the women Henry married were strong females in some sense, and this theme unites the book. The historical characters really came alive for me, and I very much enjoyed reading this [...]


    11. I have been watching the Show Time series the Tudors. After reading Wolf Hall I needed to find something else to give me more history and this was the perfect book. I found that actually the film series is in many ways quite historically accurate and some of the remarks are almost verbatim, i.e. Anne Boylen's remarks before her beheading.



    12. Book: The Wives of Henry the VIIIAuthor: Antonia Fraser Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars Okay, so the library messed up on the book I wanted. I actually wanted to read Alison Weir’s book, but it’s okay. I was actually very surprised about how much I liked this one. I have tried to read Antonia’s books before, but never really got into them. This one was very different. I enjoyed the detailed accounts of each of the wives. I really didn’t know anything about Anne of Cleves and found this to be ve [...]


    13. The Wives of Henry VIII was the first non fiction book I read about the Tudors. I picked it up after reading a couple of Philippa Gregory’s novels, wanting to know more about these fascinating women. From that moment the six wives of Henry VIII have become some of my favourite historical figures, and I’ve read tons of books, both fiction and non, about them. Still, I was excited to return to this book and see if I still enjoyed it.As I was hoping, it was as delightful as I remembered. I need [...]


    14. Antonia Fraser non sbaglia mai un colpo, è una scrittrice nata per appassionare il lettore con il suo stile romanzato e scorrevole. Personalmente trovo che questa sia la sua biografia più avvincente, dopo quella di Maria Antonietta.Quella che racconta è la storia di sei donne (una sola regina per diritto di nascita, le altre elevate al rango più ambito solo grazie al proprio carattere, la propria avvenenza o alla propria sventura) e un uomo accecato dal bisogno a tutti i costi di un figlio m [...]


    15. This was a hearty read - chock full of fascinating insights and information regarding all of Henry's wives. Even though I have already read several books about the Tudor dynasty, Fraser's research and use of primary sources provided facts and accounts of which I had never beforehand heard. Her analysis and descriptions of Catherine of Aragon, in particular, was highly enlightening. I had not previously realized that she had endured the loss of other babies, one of whom was a son, before the birt [...]


    16. Antonia Fraser is one of the most well-known historical biographers out there, and this is another of her thoroughly researched books. 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. Fraser goes into each of the women's rise and fall from affection of Henry VIII, and how the women related to one another. Catherine of Aragon is portrayed as the most sympathetic of the wives, a woman who was devoted [...]


    17. Unbearably dry. The author also assumed I had some knowledge of the events that were to come, especially when initially talking about any wife, so she would focus on some seemingly odd details and jump around in the timeline in an odd and slightly confusing manner. This would probably have been acceptable if I was reading this book rather than listening to it while half occupied with something else (namely driving).This is a long and mostly boring story which, regardless of the author's claims, [...]


    18. 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. Fraser has a bit of a different tone in that we get a more initimate sense of the personalities and even more so of daily life at court. One such favorite bit of info: learning about th [...]


    19. The wives of Henry VIII have come down to us through history narrowly defined by the roles they played in the larger story of the King's life, and most commonly remembered for the manner in which each did - or did not - survive marriage to him. Now, in this richly dramatic and singularly illuminating study, Antonia Fraser uncovers the complex and fascinating individuals whose true characters have been shrouded for centuries by stereotype and legend.


    20. Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. Catherine, Anne, Jane, Ann, Katherine and Katherine. This book takes each queen and gives a full picture of who they were. It was incredibly detailed and well written. A bit of a gateway book really to the world of the Tudors.




    21. "Nonostante tutto il suo giovanile vigore, tuttavia, il re aveva ben poco in comune ormai con il giovane principe vissuto all'ombra del padre che si era innamorato di Caterina d'Aragona. Quell'Enrico era scomparso da tempo, salvo forse che dala tenera memoria della regina. Al suo posto c'era un sovrano risoluto e a volte spietato, che reputava suo naturale diritto decidere in ogni cosa secondo la propria volontà, che non amava incontrare ostacoli di sorta sul suo cammino ed era incline a tratta [...]


    22. As Fraser points out at the start of her novel detailing the lives of Henry's six wives, most people onl know them by either the rhyme "divorced, beheaded, died divorced, beheaded, survived" or by the female stereotypes attributed to them: "the Betrayed Wife, the Temptress, the Good Woman, the Ugly Sister, the Bad Girl and the Mother Figure." Fraser sets out to debunk myths and present an unbiased view of the six women who came to share Henry's life. Unlike other books of this nature, Henry is n [...]


    23. We all know the ditty: "Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived." What's wrong with only seeing these 6 women in terms of what Henry VIII decided to do with them once they displeased him negates the simple truth that these women were complex, intelligent, and passionate people who were caught up in the ruthlessness of Tudor court life and the machinations of the male leadership of Europe (read the world) at the time. Antonia Fraser presents these 6 women as unique individuals abou [...]


    24. King Henry the Eighth liked to have sex. Let’s just get that out of the way. *blink*He thought himself the cat’s meow, a stud muffin, God’s gift to women even after his weight increased dramatically and a sore on his swollen leg reeked of disease. After all, he was King of England. But unlike other monarchs at the time whose spouses were selected from political standpoints and strategic alliances, King Henry in all cases but Anna of Cleves and even then he liked her picture, picked his own [...]


    25. Di Enrico VIII, Caterina d'Aragona, lo scisma della Chiesa Anglicana, Maria la Sanguinaria si studia qualcosina a scuola. E poi sceneggiatori anglosassoni decidono di farne una serie TV e rimescolare la Storia.Ho visto 2 stagioni della serie tv e ho ritenuto necessario approfondire l'argomento per distinguere le invenzioni cinematografiche dalla realtà e riappropriarmi di una veritiera versione delle vicissitudini e dei personaggi che popolarono quel periodo storico. Dovrebbero farlo tutti.E co [...]


    26. Though Fraser’s book is expository from beginning to end, she writes beautifully and displays a keen wit when she weighs in on the character traits of her subjects. Her detailed and nuanced descriptions of the wives of Henry VIII, the king himself, and other people in their world made me forget all about the TV depictions of the Tudor court. In the book, we meet short, plump Catherine of Aragon, the sophisticated Iberian royal who was married to Henry VIII for twenty-four years. We meet auburn [...]


    27. It looks like the review I added earlier did not save. Here goes (again). I'll keep it brief.I enjoy reading Fraser's historical books because they at least provide me the impression that they are extremely well-researched. I especially enjoy the psychological viewpoints into the characters based on the supporting evidence. You feel like you come to know them.That said, her books tend to be extremely dense and are not at all quick reads. I was interested to discover that "The Tudors" television [...]


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