The Children of Henry VIII

Books The Children of Henry VIII On that day a dead dog with clipped ears a rope around its neck and its head tonsured like a priest s was hurled into the Queen s chamber at Whitehall This is hi

Books The Children of Henry VIII On that day a dead dog with clipped ears, a rope around its neck, and its head tonsured like a priest’s was hurled into the Queen’s chamber at Whitehall.This is history at its best, with utterly intense soap opera plots and weird glamorous characters and all of it true. This book picks up where Henry VIII and his collection of calamitous chorines left off and tells the story of the next eleven years. And what eleven years they were. Heads rolled, the stench of burning flesh hung in the air, and there was a coup d’etat, and in the middle of it all, three unfortunate children, one of whom was beheaded.When Henry expired of (it is thought) type II diabetes he’d already laid down what should happen to the crown. It should go to his only son Edward, then if he died without any heirs to his first daughter Mary, then if she died without any heirs to his second daughter Elizabeth. No one paid too much attention to the back-up plan with the girls, since the likelihood of them succeeding was thought remote, but that is exactly what happened. The Tudors were really bad at having kids. There’s a woman at my office who had two sons in quick succession recently. I said “you would have made a great wife for Henry VIII” and she said “No, I would have been dead, they were both C section, and one was breech”. Being pregnant was often a death sentence. Extract from Mary’s will, 1557 :I, Mary Queen of England, thinking myself to be with child in lawful marriage…and being at this present (thanks be unto Almighty God) otherwise in good health, yet foreseeing the great danger which, by God’s ordinance, remains to all women in the travail of children, have thought…to declare my last will and testament.So Edward VI became King aged 9 in 1547. He sounds like a precocious spiteful arrogant brat, God rest his soul. The big shot lords who ran the government were pushing through a religious revolution in his name, and this was the big issue of the day. Henry VIII as we know had told the Pope to go chastise himself, and declared Henry himself to be Supreme Head of the Church of England, but that didn’t mean he was a Protestant – no sir! But Edward’s handlers, they were.Meanwhile, half sister Mary, aged 31, was a hardcore Catholic (she was half Spanish); and half sister Elizabeth, aged 14, was becoming a hardcore Protestant. The salty English soup was coming to the boil.Edward VI started to die when he was around 14 and completed the job aged 15. He probably had tuberculosis. For lurid descriptions of lingering vile fatal illnesses, Alison Weir is hard to beat here.After this teenage death the salty soup boiled over. THE NINE DAY QUEENThe guy running the government at that point was one John Dudley (Duke of Northumberland, Lord High Admiral, blah blah). He went just a little bit completely crazy. He saw his meal ticket subsided into the arms of Lethe, and his mind was racing – if Mary is Queen, I’ll be for the chop. She’ll throw out all the Protestants and bring in Catholics. I’ll lose everything. What can I do to rescue this damnable situation? So he came up with a Plan. 1. Persuade the dying 15 year old King to disinherit both his sisters2. Persuade him to nominate another child as his successor3. Persuade the regency council and the entire country to accept this insane plan. Then I can carry on running the country.The hapless girl he fixed on was a 15 year old called Jane Grey, a cousin of the king and a great grand daughter of Henry VII. John Dudley bullied her parents, bullied the council, and bullied her. His line was, it’s either Jane Grey or the Pope, by which he meant, it’s either me or the Pope. For a few days after Edward died it looked like the whole thing might work. Dudley was like a chessplayer on crack – move this here, block this there, swap those off, get that and that round to here… but then his great plan began to unravel just like in my chess games. As soon as they announced the succession of Queen Jane through England people (the nobles and the hoi polloi) started spontaneously drifting to Mary’s residence in Framlingham to declare support for her. Dudley got an army together to go and take Mary prisoner, he realised that would be essential, and he was running around bribing the solders and they were melting away, deserting, shamed by the nastiness of the enterprise. Yes, Mary was a Catholic, but she was Harry’s daughter. Everyone knew that. So Dudley was left with a melting posse, not an army, a loutish gang, and Mary arrested him, not the other way round, and that was the end of that.QUEEN MARY’S TO DO LIST1. Suppress rivals to the throne by force of arms2. Imprison Elizabeth in The Tower (we can’t prove anything but just let’s make her sweat a little bit)3. Behead Jane? 4. Get married to Catholic toy boy5. Convert the whole country back to Catholicism6. Give birth to boy7. Burn heretics by the scoreQueen Jane Approximately was clapped in the Tower of London with her immediate family and fiancé. Mary was Queen, the nation rejoiced. How quickly their songs of love and celebration turned to tears and gnashing of teeth. As Catherine of Aragon is the agonised heroine of Henry VIII’s reign, so her daughter Mary is the agonised antiheroine of the following ten years.At first Mary was all sweetness and mercy and didn’t want to execute Jane or her family. Until there was another rebellion, also feeble, which also melted away. That convinced her to remove her rivals, so she threw her sister into the Tower, and Jane, aged 16, went to the block.After that, no more Mrs Nice Mary. She got married to a Spanish Catholic prince. She was 38, he was 27.Description of Mary by Ruy Gomez, her husband’s best mate :rather older than we had been told. She is not at all beautiful and is small and flabby rather than fat. She is of white complexion and fair, and has no eyebrows…. [Philip] treats the Queen very kindly and well knows how to pass over the fact that she is no good from the point of view of fleshly sensuality.Anonymous Spanish courtier : What shall the king do with such an old bitch?After the wedding and the honeymoon came the serious business of burning human beings alive, however. Back to work. It turned out that this sweet woman, who pretty much everyone liked personally, who had been sorely mistreated most of her life, called a bastard, rejected and imprisoned by her father and brother, who everyone had such sympathy for, when by a simple twist of fate she broke free from this wretched life and became queen, the first ever English queen to reign in her own name, the thing she really wanted to do was burn people alive if they disagreed with her.HERETICS : BURNINGS PER MONARCHElizabeth – 5 in 45 years (0.11 per year)Henry VII – 10 in 24 years (0.41 per year)Henry VIII – 81 in 38 years (2.3 per year)Mary – 295 in 4 years (74 per year)ENGLAND UNDER MARYI never saw England weaker in strength, money, men and riches. As much affectionate as you know me to be to my country and countrymen, I assure you I was ashamed of both. Here was nothing but fining, heading, hanging, quartering and burning.. taxing, levying and beggaring, and losing our strongholds abroad. A few priests ruled all, who, with setting up of six foot roods, thought to make all cocksure.Thomas Smith, 1560IN CONCLUSIONMy kind of history book, a great story told with meticulous detail. Alison Weir isn’t the most personal writer, she keeps her own counsel, refrains from comment, and I would have liked more of that, but really, I ain’t complaining none, this was hair-raising. . The Children of Henry VIII are Ebook At his death in 1547, King Henry VIII left four heirs to the English throne his only son, the nine year old Prince Edward the Lady Mary, the adult daughter of his first wife, Catherine of Aragon the Lady Elizabeth, the daughter of his second wife, Anne Boleyn, and his young great niece, the Lady Jane Grey These are the players in a royal drama that ultimate led to ElizAt his death in 1547, King Henry VIII left four heirs to the English throne his only son, the nine year old Prince Edward the Lady Mary, the adult daughter of his first wife, Catherine of Aragon the Lady Elizabeth, the daughter of his second wife, Anne Boleyn, and his young great niece, the Lady Jane Grey These are the players in a royal drama that ultimate led to Elizabeth s ascension to the throne one of the most spectacularly successful reigns in English history.. Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.Alison Weir born 1951 is a British writer of history books for the general public, mostly in the form of biographies about British kings and queens She currently lives in Surrey, England, with her two children.Before becoming an author, Weir worked as a teacher of children with special needs She received her formal training in history at teacher training college.. A viral Book The Children of Henry VIII Best place name: FotheringhayBest adjective: bedeckedBest phantom pregnancy: Mary's firstMost unwelcome death: Jane Grey'sMost welcome deaths: Tie between John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland's and Queen Mary'sBiggest asshole of a Pope: Pope Paul IIIMost unfit parents: Henry Grey and Frances Brandon (Duke & Duchess of Suffolk and Jane Grey's parents)Most scantily mentioned former queen: Anne of ClevesBest hunchback: Mary Grey

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  1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.Alison Weir born 1951 is a British writer of history books for the general public, mostly in the form of biographies about British kings and queens She currently lives in Surrey, England, with her two children.Before becoming an author, Weir worked as a teacher of children with special needs She received her formal training in history at teacher training college.

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  1. Best place name FotheringhayBest adjective bedeckedBest phantom pregnancy Mary s firstMost unwelcome death Jane Grey sMost welcome deaths Tie between John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland s and Queen Mary sBiggest asshole of a Pope Pope Paul IIIMost unfit parents Henry Grey and Frances Brandon Duke Duchess of Suffolk and Jane Grey s parents Most scantily mentioned former queen Anne of ClevesBest hunchback Mary Grey


  2. On that day a dead dog with clipped ears, a rope around its neck, and its head tonsured like a priest s was hurled into the Queen s chamber at Whitehall.This is history at its best, with utterly intense soap opera plots and weird glamorous characters and all of it true This book picks up where Henry VIII and his collection of calamitous chorines left off and tells the story of the next eleven years And what eleven years they were Heads rolled, the stench of burning flesh hung in the air, and the [...]


  3. There isn t any earth shattering information contained in this tome, no new facts unearthed but Weir has such mastery of her research that it s always a pleasure to read her works This is the first time I ve read about all four I suppose you could call them junior Tudor monarchs in succinct, consecutive order I ve always been partial to the nine days queen since I saw the movie starring Helena Bonham Carter in the 80s I think she s been shortchanged by history Here she is given a healthy discour [...]


  4. Although I wouldn t say I m a Tudor Expert okay maybe I would I do like to think I am well versed on the topic I first read Alison Weir s The Children of Henry VIII almost a decade ago before I was as acquainted with the Tudor dynasty Although both are far different experiences, re reading this history piece still brought enjoyment once again.Immediately in the first sentence of the Preface, Weir states that The Children of Henry VIII is not a history of England during the troubles reigns of Edw [...]


  5. The title of this book is a bit misleading While Weir does her usual fine job of elucidating characters and their times, calling this The Children of Henry VIII is a bit misleading, since Lady Jane Grey s nine day reign is included Her story as a child until her brief reign is also told This makes a great deal of sense historically, since she was labeled sovereign by some lords upon the death of Edward VI and before Mary s supporters drove Grey s handlers from power.The book does a nice job of o [...]


  6. Alison Weir always delivers, and it s a pleasure to have one of her books in my greedy for history hands Here, she focuses on Mary I, Elizabeth I, and Edward VI, the Tudor Children She paints the picture of papa Henry and how his lust for power, and women, led him to be father to three different children from three different mothers.There is even a biographical portrait of Lady Jane Grey, the unfortunate girl caught between avaricious parents and power hungry opponents Believe me, you will not [...]


  7. Children of England also known as The Children of Henry VIII covers the years between 1547 and 1558 and explores the problems of succession after Henry VIII s death, following the troubled lives of his children Edward, Mary and Elizabeth and of his granddaughter Jane Grey This is a very comprehensive book I liked how Weir did not present the children only by their actions, but also spent some time talking about their appearances, their personalities and their educations It was extremely interest [...]


  8. I m copying this from other posts I made on the Tudor group but thought I d share here, as well July 15 09 I m really enjoying learning about Jane in The Children of England, also by AW Thought I d share a little for anyone who, like me, doesn t know much about her The first part of the book takes place directly after the death of Henry VIII and goes into a lot of detail regarding Jane s feelings toward her parents and her preference to learning above all else, as learning was the only thing sh [...]


  9. Fresh off her earlier work, Henry VIII, I dove headfirst into this follow up that recounts the tumultuous period between the great monarch s death and the ascension of his second daughter, Elizabeth The title, as many have observed, is a tad misleading as only three out of the four monarchs featured were actually children of the late Henry the teenage Lady Jane Grey, who reigned for a mere three months after the death of the equally young Edward VI and before being deposed by Mary and her allies [...]


  10. This is an account of the events that happened after the death of Henry VIII up to the ascension of Elizabeth I to the throne It is the story of how his heirs his son Edward, his daughters Mary and Elizabeth and his grandniece Jane Grey engaged in a power struggle This is not a biography of either of them but a look at a pivotal point in English history I gained a good deal of insight into the events of that time period and how they all fit together.


  11. A fascinating book that deals with each of his children in turn This book was very good in tackling subjects which usually get dealt with as a chapter in a book on the individuals As someone who finds the period fascinating, it was academic enough not to be boring if you know a fair amount about the main characters, but not daunting if you dont Alison Weir puts the chronology together well, and examines the four characters relationship with each other, how those relationships were manipulated or [...]


  12. I recommend reading this book after Alison Weir s the Six Wives of Henry VIII as this picks up right where that left off At his death in 1547, King Henry VIII left four heirs to the English throne his only son, the nine year old Prince Edward the Lady Mary, the adult daughter of his first wife, Katherine of Aragon the Lady Elizabeth, the daughter of his second wife, Anne Boleyn, and his young great niece, the Lady Jane Grey Weir examines the relationship between Edward and Mary, Edward and Eliza [...]



  13. Weir does a terrific job of storytelling There are histories that are dry and impersonal, this is not one of them By focusing on a narrow window, Weir makes it easy to connect to the characters in the book as though it s great fiction rather than history Never the less, her research is amazing and she has many scholarly points to make.The book begins with a quick run up and review of the reign of Henry VIII in order to set the stage for the assent of his son, Edward VI It is easy to skip over th [...]


  14. One of Alison Weir s most popular books does not disappoint Its material flies off the pages and makes you really think about what happened between Henry VIII s death and Elizabeth I s succession I thought that I would already know a lot of what was in this book, having read a multitude of other books on this period, but I was very, very wrong Firstly is Edward VI s succession A man hailed as the next King Solomon as such a young boy when he came to the throne 9 years old he was manipulated and [...]


  15. I think people shy away from reading History books is that they remember the boring text books they were given at school, where they would point out the primary and secondary sources over and over again Zzzzzzzzzzz What people need to be reading are History books that read like fiction Alison Weir is an author that achieves this And so far, everything I ve read by her, I ve been impressed with.This is the story of the four heirs to the Tudor throne Edward VI, Mary, Elizabeth and Jane Grey We don [...]


  16. The Children of Henry VIII, by Alison Weir The Children of Henry VIII is a nonfiction history that reads like a narrative One interesting, engrossing, detail filled narrative The book follows the ascent of Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey, Mary I, and Elizabeth I to the English throne Also covered are the men around the throne, such as John Dudley, Thomas Cranmer, Edward Courtenay, Philip II, etc.The basic story is known by many, especially fans of the Tudor period Weir s book is perfect for lovers of [...]


  17. I absolutely adored this bookd not just because I m wild and crazy about the Tudors Let s be honest, people Long before Dynasty, Dallas, Falcon s Landing, Another World, and even Passions, there were the Tudors, and they were wonderful My only regret regarding the reading of this book is that Sundance Channel played 1998 sElizabethdirectly I was through, and of course, all I saw during the first screening was all of the historical inaccuracies committed for sake of cinematic appeal Before I knew [...]


  18. To reiterate my review of Weir s The Six Wives of Henry VIII, I can t believe I read this book all the way through, which says something about Weir s writing skills Obviously, it helps to be interested in the subject matter, but it really expanded my knowledge on the children of Henry VIII Of course Elizabeth I s reign would be its own book, but I was expecting Weir to touch on her reign a little bit Maybe one chapter which I know would be hard, but Weir is such a great writer, I know she could [...]


  19. For all his worry about heirs, he spawned three drastically different Monarchs, one a puppet, one infamous for religious fanaticism and murder and one celebrated as the greatest Monarch in English history I knew of their adult lives, but reading this really put the pieces together for me and I saw how their childhoods dictated their future actions I thought it was a fascinating peek inside, so to speak.




  20. This novel picks up largely where Weir s The Six Wives of Henry VIII leaves off and covers the years 1547 through 1558 It covers the brief reigns of King Henry s son Edward, his daughter Mary and his great niece Jane Grey and ends with his daughter Elizabeth assuming the throne to embark on her 45 year reign As always, Weir does an excellent job of covering her subject matter in an in depth yet relatively succinct matter, and the evidence of her deep historical research shows Her writing makes i [...]


  21. As much as I ve already read about Tudor history, this offered an interesting dynamic about how Henry VIII s children interacted with each other Despite having read biographies of Edward VI, Mary I, Elizabeth I, and Jane Grey, I feel like I learned about the royal family and how their actions impacted one another The scandal involving Elizabeth and Thomas Seymour portrayed Kat Ashley as a meddling busybody It illustrated how awfully the Suffolks treated their daughter Jane Mary s obstinacy duri [...]


  22. A closer look into the Tudor dynasty, after Henry VIII and his six wives but preceding the Elizabethan Age Focuses on the lives and reigns of Henry VIII s children Edward VI, Mary I, and ends with the accession of Elizabeth I to the throne The book also details the extremely brief reign of Lady Jane Grey, aka the Nine Days Queen, chronologically in between Edward and Mary I will talk about some spoilers , I guess, but not really, since this is history But HERE IS YOUR WARNING in any case.I reall [...]


  23. And now for something completely different Not a mystery book review First, a disclaimer I have quite a limited experience with history books, having read fewer than 10 of these in my lifetime, in contrast with well over a thousand mysteries and several hundreds of serious fiction titles not to mention non history non fiction titles or books in my profession I understand that Ms Weir s serious books, meaning her historical non fiction, are frowned upon by serious historians as being too popular, [...]


  24. Now this was fun s yes one can absolutely enjoy oneself while reading about Henry VII, Bloody Mary and that fascinating family Alison Weir may not be a traditional scholar of the Tudors, but whatever she lacks in official credentials she amply makes up for it with seriously good research and, most important of all, a clear approachable style of writing that serves as a brilliant introduction to the Tudor universe and, for those familiar with it, perhaps a pause from the seriousness of traditio [...]


  25. The Children of Henry VIII 9780307806864I picked up this book after finishing Weir s excellent The Six Wives of Henry VIII This book follows straight on from the end of that one, and is an excellent and engrossing look at the interactions between Edward, Mary, Elizabeth, and Jane Grey as they each in turn took the English throne whilst maintaining complex relationships with the others There s really not much to be said here that I haven t said already with regards to Weir s books her scholarship [...]


  26. I think the United States public school history lesson can be summed up as Britain was our enemy during the American Revolutionary War, the British Empire during Queen Victoria s reign, and Britain was our ally during World War II When it comes to European history, American education is lacking then again, it is lacking in regards to the history of the United States as well So, reading Alison Weir s The Children of Henry VIII was not only educational and enlightening, but also entertaining with [...]


  27. The story of henry VIII and his six wives has been covered in great detaild often may too often However, where the books and definitely the TV productions ends is where for me it gets interesting Edward VI reign is mired in the machinations of some truly deplorable folks especially Thomas Seymour, John Dudley and Henry and Frances Grey.Dudley and the greys must go down in history as some of the most underhanded scumbags of the Tudor era Extending the dying kings life with arsenic whilst they mad [...]


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