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S ueens each of whom emerges as a vivid personality in her own 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 FARmanagerial skills than her husband Anne Boleyn far the temptress of popular imagination endured years of sexual harassment before cannily deciding to turn her situation to her advantage Jane Seymour a cipher by design Anne of Cleves who outwitted the surly King to escape 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 day and Katherine Parr who used a uick marriage to to this day and Katherine Parr who used a uick marriage to aged impotent Henry to secure her future In Lindsey s hands all become interesting figures who deserved far better than to marry Henry VIII Sadly history didn t work out for them If it deals with British history I like Ron Burgundy will read absolutely anything that s put in front of me so I now 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 the 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 nows positively what went on behind court eyes and behind closed doors so it s fun to consider a new set of motivations for these now silent figures Divorced beheaded died divorced 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 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 one The wives at this point seem to have be fame than their infamous husband whose infamy comes from his treatment of them and the fact that he is played by a hottie in the Showtime series So why read this one about Bluebeard Henry VII and his wivesBecause Lindsey does present in some cases an uniue look or highlights something that may be glossed over in other works It isn t an earth shattering book but it is far better than Joanna Denny s Anne Boleyn A New Life of England s Tragic ueen While it is 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 Henry declared ugly and banished from his bed was in fact a pretty woman who agreed to the ing's whim as her best hope for happine.
Karen Lindsey ä 0 summaryRch but still well worth a read especially if you are intimidated by overly long and academic non fictions A good uick read for those interested in Henry VIII and English history Most historical non fiction is so long winded that ones tends to forget almost anything they learned through the book but the author ept her facts brief and had an interesting modern day spin on a lot of topics brought up I do 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 Never have I read a book of renaissance history with so much enjoyment of Renaissance history with so much enjoyment is my favorite ind of non fiction book well researched and well told by an author who Mate Me [If You May] (The Millennium Wolves, 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 book focuses mostly on his six wives the first chapter is on his grandmother Margaret de Beaufort whose machinations immensely contributed to Henry s family achieving andeeping 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 Lindsey uses the chapter headings to divide epochs in Henry s life Usually these coincide with different 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 dramatically for a complete reversal of opinion Ms Lindsey uses contemporary resources both of contact with the central figures and of general life in the era to bring out the hidden depths of character the facets in each face She deals with religion in a detached 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 Karen Lindsey s Divorced Beheaded Survived A Feminist Reinterpretation of the Wives of Henry VIII comes exactlyreign including brief surveys of the reigns of his children The chapters are longer than usual as
As Advertised A Short Caustic Revisionist Lookadvertised a short caustic revisionist look the Tudor monarch s life and times through the the women unlucky to marry him Lindsey scrapes away centuries of stereotyping and slander behind the common narrative of Tudor England depicting 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. Ly as victims but as lively intelligent noblewomen doing their best to survive in a treacherous court Divorced Beheaded Survived takes a revisionist look at 16th century English politics domestic 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 #years since daughter 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 #book cleared up a few things and filled in history of Tudors 35 StarsA very interesting read but I would have liked the chapters to be longer and to include specific detail about each of the ueens than it did That being said it was a lot of fun to learn about the women around the ueens and the Tudor court at the time Eh It s True 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 didn t see anything in the book as a radical new feminist reinterpretation Okay I should preface by saying that I am a history junkie and that Tudor England is my drug of choice Seriously it s like my crack Inow all the major players I A Fairly Honourable Defeat know how most historians view each person Inow who participated in who s downfall 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 due to the timeline Also I love the Spanish Ambasador Chapuys He was so witty In life and on The TudorsNow I Fucking Trans Women know what some of you are thinking Jenn if younow so much about Tudor history why do 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 do with the whole feminist reinterpretation I agree Actual rating 375 starsThis was a fun fast read Lindsey s style is lively witty and ironic The way she describes certain events is deeply amusing and her snarky comments about Henry are especially delightful She gives an objective overview of the six wives although I got the feeling she doesn 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 does makes some interesting points like the fact that Henry s obsession for Anne was much like sexual harassament and That Anne Of Cleves Anne of Cleves have had an active role in her divorce 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 did were uite fascinatingNot a groundbreaking resea. The women who wed Henry VIII are remembered mainly for the ways their royal marriages ended divorced beheaded died divorced 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. ,