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Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All (2018)

av Candace Fleming (Bidragsgivare), M. T. Anderson (Bidragsgivare), Jennifer Donnelly (Bidragsgivare), Candace Fleming (Bidragsgivare), Stephanie Hemphill (Bidragsgivare)3 till, Deborah Hopkinson (Bidragsgivare), Linda Sue Park (Bidragsgivare), Lisa Ann Sandell (Bidragsgivare)

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Seven award-winning young adult authors illuminate the lives of Britain's King Henry VIII and his six wives from different viewpoints.
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I'm not sure why I'm such a sucker for Tudor era history and fiction. I've read more pages on Henry VIII and his wives than any other historical figures. I think it's a mix of things....shock at so much power in the hands of one man and how misguided that sort of power can make even the strongest person....the sheer political grasping and manipulating of upper class men and women in that time...and the role of English women in the 1500s. Six women destined to be queen.....six women finding out that being the queen was the highest rank in the country, but not the safest or most secure spot. Was the reward worth the cost? I think not. Divorced, Beheaded, Died. Divorced, Beheaded, Survived.

So much drama. So much manipulation. So much sorrow. And death. And betrayal. And lies. The whole situation so F'd up that people still talk about it more than 450 years later.

When I saw the blurb for this book, I had to read it! Seven YA authors coming together to write a book from the POV of each wife and Henry VIII. The emotions, the behind-the-scenes manipulation, the realizations, the reasons why.....

Although some changes were made (for instance a couple names are spelled differently in the book to avoid confusing people with similar names. It's fiction, not a non-fiction narrative of events, so I didn't mind the switch.) and the events are toned down a bit, this was a very interesting and enjoyable take on events. I liked the fact that this was written by several different authors. The changing styles between each chapter was fitting. All of Henry's wives were very different people, so the style changes really brought that concept home. My favorite chapter was the one about Anne of Cleves. In my opinion, she fared better than any of Henry's other wives -- divorced, but very wealthy.

This book definitely illustrates the fact that women were often used in bargaining for political power, riches and place at court. These women had little or no choice....if Henry showed interest in them at all, their families wanted to capitalize on it. Women had no power outside of manipulation....even when married to the King. In his quest to have an heir to carry on the Tudor line, Henry positioned himself so that he could do as he wished with his wives.....divorce, execution.....all for that heir. Sad. And he bankrupted the country. Worst. King. Ever. Worst. Husband. Ever.

I enjoyed this book! The stories are well-written, emotional and engaging. Each chapter is followed by commentary from Henry VIII's point of view. At the very back of the book is a timeline for the Henry's life and reign.

I wouldn't recommend this book for children under 14. There are some very adult situations and a little bit of sex. Nothing graphic. Just Henry trying to get his heir. Ugh. There is also a little bit of description of why this proved impossible or incredibly gross......nothing graphic, but it's impossible to tell the story without discussing impotence, morbid obesity, festering leg sores, etc.

This is the first book I've read by any of these YA authors. I'm definitely looking into their other books. Very enjoyable reading experience, despite the heaviness of the subject. ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
Seven authors join together to tell the stories of King Henry VIII and his six wives from a first-person perspective. They have stayed very close to the known historical record, while imagining personalities, thoughts, and dialogue. Very well done.

-King Henry VIII and Elizabeth I: M.T. Anderson
-Katharine of Aragon: Candace Fleming
-Anne Boleyn: Stephanie Hemphill
-Jane Seymour: Lisa Ann Sandell
-Anna of Cleves: Jennifer Donnelly
-Catherine Howard: Linda Sue Park
-Kateryn Parr: Deborah Hopkinson

Back matter includes Tudor Timeline, Who's Who in the Court, Acknowledgments, Bibliographic Afterword, About the Authors


Being granted time when you are prepared to die is not a blessing. (Anne, 73)

"Henry and his court prefer a good myth to a boring truth." (Anne, 91)

But for you a woman was either a mistress or a Queen. One you loved and flattered, the other you ordered about, expecting her to obey. Anne, 99)

Henry wants always the rose and never the thorn. (Anne, 108)

But I wonder...does the hurt that comes from knowing one has been mistreated and betrayed ever heal? (Jane, 151)

How, when I am holding your flesh so tight, can the soul escape it? (Henry re: Jane, 195)

One's body is one's fate. (Anna, 216)

"There is no privacy and little quiet. The only time you are alone is at prayer. Which is why so many queens are pious." (Anna, 225)

"You were a pawn, Anna of Cleves, but you played like a queen." (Cromwell to Anna, 243)

It's impossible to tell what's true and what's not, and sometimes I think no one even cares so long as it's exciting. (Catherine, 277)

When someone says "You wouldn't understand," what they really mean is "We don't want you to know." (Catherine, 279)

They expect me to act like a woman with the King, but they treat me like a child. (Catherine, 280)

This is what being at court does to you: I'm starting to hear things that haven't been said, and see things that might not be there. (Catherine, 291)

How convenient to be able to change the law whenever you feel like it. (Catherine, 310)

"Henry doesn't like good-byes of any kind. And once he turns against someone, he puts that person out of his mind completely." (Nan to Kateryn, 331)

Women help one another survive much in this world. (Kateryn, 361) ( )
  JennyArch | Aug 1, 2020 |
This is a fantastic compilation of authors who write first person accounts of King Henry VIII's six wives. Deeply researched and richly written, each author successfully takes the reader into the lives and thoughts of each wife. Never before have I read these stories from the wives' standpoints.
Each one stands on their own, with strong voices.
A great read for anyone who loves King Henry VIII's story. Highly recommended! ( )
  SusanGeiss | Mar 24, 2019 |
Henry VIII's wives suffered at the hands of their irritable and ever changing husband. Divorce only to die alone without the comfort of her daughter, beheaded on trumped up charges, death in childbirth, divorce, beheaded for adultery, and survival, only to die within a few years. These women walked a thin line between pleasing the king and death. This book features short stories from each wife, as well as a few chapters from Henry's point of view. The stories were well written and well put together. Overall, well worth picking up. ( )
  JanaRose1 | Dec 6, 2018 |
First person accounts from each of Henry VII told without the adult issues that plague marriage, deceit, and Tudor history. The basic facts introduce a sanitized royal history. The Tutor timeline and Who’s Who provided additional information. Dashes and ellipsis used throughout the book were distracting and undermined the authenticity. ( )
  bemislibrary | Dec 1, 2018 |
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Fleming, CandaceBidragsgivareprimär författarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Anderson, M. T.Bidragsgivarehuvudförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Donnelly, JenniferBidragsgivarehuvudförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Fleming, CandaceBidragsgivarehuvudförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Hemphill, StephanieBidragsgivarehuvudförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Hopkinson, DeborahBidragsgivarehuvudförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Park, Linda SueBidragsgivarehuvudförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Sandell, Lisa AnnBidragsgivarehuvudförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Balbusso, AnnaOmslagmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Balbusso, ElenaOmslagmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Moss, StephanieFormgivaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Roux, JessicaIllustratörmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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Before You Begin: This book is about the six queens of Henry VIII.
The world is still dark beyond my window, but I can make out the tall figure of my husband, King Henry VIII of England, in the stable yard below.
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