A bad marriage Catherine Howard a smart sexually adventurous woman whose only crime it appears is not adhering to gender roles that persist to this ay and Katherine Parr who used a uick marriage to an aged impotent Henry to secure her future In Lindsey s hands all become interesting figures who Major Westhavens Unwilling Ward (Hh deserved far better than to marry Henry VIII Sadly historyidn t work out for them 35 StarsA very interesting read but I would have liked the chapters to be longer and to include specific Major Westhavens Unwilling Ward detail about each of the ueens than itid That being said it was a lot of "fun to learn about the women around the ueens and the Tudor "to learn about the women around the ueens and the Tudor at the time A good uick read for those interested In Henry VIII And English History Most Historical Non Fiction Henry VIII and English history Most historical non fiction so long winded that ones tends to forget almost anything they learned through the book but the author kept her facts brief and had an interesting modern ay spin on a lot of topics brought up I o think her some of her interpretations were a bit far fetched but overall a uick and interesting read on those poor women who fell victim to Henry VIII If it eals with British history I like Ron Burgundy will read absolutely anything that s put in front of me so I know my shit when it comes to the Tudors I picked this one up because it offered a new take on the traditional narrative on the six ladies unlucky enough to be Henry s bride Normally I steer clear of modernist takes especially feminist re workings as these often attribute modern attitudes and social norms on historic people and societies That said Lindsey s book had some interesting insights into the minds and motives of Henry and his ueens For instance Lindsey takes the story of Henry meeting his Flanders Mare and turns it around maybe Anne was the one Disgusted With Her Intended And Henry On with her intended and Henry on winning side of history was retaliating Interesting Even though several of Lindsey s claims are just that claims her ideas are food for thought No one even the traditionalists knows positively what went on behind court eyes and behind closed oors so it s fun to consider a new set of motivations for these now silent figures Eh It s kind of interesting but it was supposed to be some groundbreaking feminist take on the wives of Henry VIIIbesides focusing on THEM rather than HIM I Act Like You Know didn t see anything in the book as a radical new feminist reinterpretation Never have I read a book of Renaissance history with so much enjoyment This is my favorite kind of non fiction book well researched and well told by an author who knows how to write without boring or resorting to sensationalism A balanced well thought out book on the wives and women surround Henry VIIIWhile the Ly as victims but as lively intelligent noblewomenoing their best to survive in a treacherous court Divorced Beheaded Survived takes a revisionist look at 16th century English politics omestic and otherwise reinterpreting the historical record in perceptive new ways For example it shows Ann Boleyn not ,
This book has been sitting on our bookshelf for 10 years since my aughter was assigned it in high school After watching the Tudors series on TV I finally read the book to further my acuaintance with Henry s wives Even though our politics are pretty rough right now it could be so much worse especially as a woman in King Henry VIII s court This book cleared up a few things and filled in this history of Tudors Actual rating 375 starsThis was a fun fast read Lindsey s style is lively witty and ironic The way she Agewise describes certain events iseeply amusing and her snarky comments about Henry are especially elightful She gives an objective overview of the six wives although I got the feeling she oesn t much like Jane Seymour and she even spends some time talking about other inspiring women of the time such as Mary Tudor the French ueen Catherine Willoughby and Anne Askew However I think the subtitle A Feminist Reinterpretation of the Wives of Henry VIII is not very apt She A Village with My Name: A Family History of China's Opening to the World does makes some interesting points like the fact that Henry s obsession for Anne was much like sexual harassament and that Anne of Cleves might have had an active role in herivorce from Henry I loved her theory about the infamous conversation Anne had with her ladies in waiting but for the most part her views of the wives aren t very original She mostly recounts their lives but I would have liked to read comments and theories about their personalities because the ones she id were uite fascinatingNot a groundbreaking research but still well worth a read especially if you are intimidated by overly long and academic non fictions Karen Lindsey s Divorced Beheaded Survived A Feminist Reinterpretation of the Wives of Henry VIII comes exactly as advertised a short caustic revisionist look at the Tudor "monarch s life and times through the the women unlucky to marry him Lindsey scrapes away centuries of "s life and times through the the women unlucky to marry him Lindsey scrapes away centuries of and slander behind the common narrative of Tudor England epicting Henry as a world class narcissist incapable of seeing anything outside his own gratification This much isn t groundbreaking though most biographers frame his actions in guarded terms More interesting are Lindsey s assessments of Henry s ueens each of whom emerges as a vivid personality in her More interesting are Lindsey s assessments of Henry s ueens each of whom emerges as a vivid personality in her right rather than accessories to the King s lusts and misrules Catherine of Aragon is a tough haughty ueen who showed intelligence and managerial skills than her husband Anne Boleyn far from the temptress of popular imagination endured years of sexual harassment before cannily Anyone deciding to turn her situation to her advantage Jane Seymour a cipher byesign Anne of Cleves who outwitted the surly King to escape. The women who wed Henry VIII are remembered mainly for the ways their royal marriages ended ivorced beheaded ied ivorced beheaded survived This book helps to restore full humanity to these six fascinating women by applying the insights of feminist scholarship Here they appear not as stereotypes not simp.
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keeping the throne and the last chapter or two is on the aftermath of his including brief surveys of the reigns of his children The chapters are longer than usual as Ms Lindsey uses the chapter headings to Battleground Chicago divide epochs in Henry s life Usually these coincide withifferent ueens but with longer reigns such as that of ueen Catherine of Aragon there are naturally several sectionsI love how Ms Lindsey brought in new insight to what is usually taken for granted the characters of these women Rather than pigeonholing each to their legacy or arguing ramatically for a complete reversal of opinion Ms Lindsey uses contemporary resources both "of contact with the central figures and of general life in the "contact with the central figures and of general life in the to bring out the hidden epths of character the facets in each face She Bitter Choices deals with religion in aetached manner which I find refreshing after so many biased accounts in school Mary was evil incarnate and Elizabeth was pretty amazing all round I mean she was but these people are humans I find it fascinating how even one character s contributions to history if left undone could have changed the entire course of western history This was such an intense time periodPG 13 because sex Duh Divorced beheaded Bill Veecks Crosstown Classic diedivorced beheaded survivedThe lives of Henry VIII s ueens summed up in seven short words You think someone would ve made a better rhyme I mean it works but well it lacks True Sing a Song of Sixpence might be but it gets one upped with the Blood, Milk, Ink, Gold debate about Mary Mary uite ContaryThere have been volumnes written about the wives some though while lacking a feminist reinterpretation in the sub title are still Okay I should preface by saying that I am a history junkie and that Tudor England is myrug of choice Seriously it preface by saying that I am a history junkie and that Tudor England is my Mikhail Bakhtin drug of choice Seriously it like my crack I know all the major players I know how most historians view each person I know who participated in who sownfall I m the person to go to for any Tudor related uestion I m also the person who loved the tv show The Tudors because of all the sexy men but grumbled about the historical accuracies mostly Carnival due to the timeline Also I love the Spanish Ambasador Chapuys He was so witty In life and on The TudorsNow I know what some of you are thinking Jenn if you know so much about Tudor history whyo you still read about it Well the obvious answer is like I already mentioned it s like crack to me The not obvious answer is that it had a lot to Citizens and Paupers do with the whole feminist reinterpretation I agree with the feminist movement to an extent but I m not on boar. S a seductress but as a sophisticate who for years politely suffered what we would now label royal sexual harassment It presents evidence that the princess Anne of Cleves whom Henryeclared ugly and banished from his bed was in fact a pretty woman who agreed to the king's whim as her best hope for happine.and keeping the throne and the last chapter or two is on the aftermath of his