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01 Sep 2022 * EBOOK * £8.99 * 9781784974275

The stories of the lives and fates of the six wives of Henry VIII.

Non Fiction / BGH (Biography)
Extent: 224 pages  Illus: 30 colour illustrations
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The King is Dead
Also by Suzannah Lipscomb
Six Queens: The Wives of Henry VIIISuzannah Lipscomb

'Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived': so goes the famous mnemonic by which we recall the varied destinies of Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr.

The stories of these six consorts of the second Tudor king – their fates the brutal corollary of the stark dynastic imperatives of the royal succession – have assumed mythic status in the annals of English history. Only three of these women would give Henry a child that survived infancy: two girls (Mary and Elizabeth) and one boy (Edward). All three would inherit the crown worn by their mighty father, but the Tudor dynasty would not outlive their deaths.

Suzannah Lipscomb's crisply authoritative and insightful accounts of the lives of these six queens are embellished by beautiful images of the principal players in this most compelling of royal dramas.

Suzannah is a historian and TV presenter, and a Senior Lecturer at the New College of the Humanities. She is the author of 1536: The Year That Changed Henry VIII and The King is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII.

An exquisite and beautiful gift for Tudor buffs.

Major women's history by a major female historian.

Author to be appearing in TV series.

MARKET: Philippa Gregory; David Starkey.


PRAISE FOR SUZANNAH LIPSCOMB:
'A genuinely useful [...] guide for all Tudor fans' Hilary Mantel, on A Visitor's Companion to Tudor England.
'Fresh and lively, historically accurate and also entertaining' TLS, on 1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII.
'A bold and original attempt to unravel one of the great mysteries of English history' David Starkey, on 1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII. ,

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