|Plot Summary of The Six Wives of Henry VIII|
|"Six women were married to the infamous Henry VIII, king of England: Catherine of Aragon, a Catholic; Anne Boleyn, clever, ambitious, proud and manipulative; Jane Seymour, demure, sensible and warm-hearted; Anne of Cleves, unattractive, but with enough sense to escape her marriage not only unscathed, but as an independent woman of means; Catherine Howard, young and appallingly stupid; and Catherine Parr, intelligent, opinionated and patient.
Weir explains the political, social and religious pressures that influenced Henry's choices of wives and describes the wily politicians and court favorites who manipulated him in and out of wedlock. Throughout the book, the six wives emerge as individuals with strong personalities who left their marks on the British monarchy and on history."
Felicia Jordan, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Six Wives of Henry VIII|
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Period of greatest activity?
- ancient times
Subject of Biography
Biography of famous person?
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 6 ()
- Fancy Mansion
- distant past
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to deaths
Book makes you feel?
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
Commentary on society?
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
Is this a biography of several people?
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
A LOT of info about personal vices?
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 51%-75% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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