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Biography & Autobiography:Royalty

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The Six Wives of Henry VIII, David Loades
1 The Six Wives of Henry VIII
David Loades UK Amberley Publishing 2014 1445618974 / 9781445618975 Soft cover New Book 19.8 x 12.4 x 2.7 cm 
The story of Henry VIII and his six wives has passed from history into legend - taught in the cradle as a cautionary tale and remembered in adulthood as an object lesson in the dangers of marrying into royalty. The true story behind the legend, however, remains obscure to most people, whose knowledge of the affair begins and ends with the aide memoire 'Divorced, executed, died, divorce, executed, survived'. David Loades' masterly book recounts the whole sorry tale in detail from Henry's first marriage, to his brother's widow Catherine of Aragon, to more or less contented old age in the care of the motherly Catherine Parr. 
Price: 24.95 AUD
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Anne of Cleves: Henry VIII's Discarded Bride, Elizabeth Norton
2 Anne of Cleves: Henry VIII's Discarded Bride
Elizabeth Norton UK Amberley Publishing 2010 1445601834 / 9781445601830 Soft cover New Book 
The first major biography of Henry VIII least favourite wife - but the one who outlived them all. 'I like her not!' was the verdict of Henry VIII on meeting his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, for the first time. Anne could have said something similar on meeting Henry and, having been promised the most handsome prince in Europe, she was destined to be disappointed in the elderly and corpulent king. Henry also felt that Anne was not as she had been described, complaining that he had been sent a Flander's mare. Forced to proceed with their wedding for diplomatic reasons, Henry and Anne tried to make the best of the situation, but attempts to consummate the match were farcical. Henry could not bring himself to touch his new bride and Anne, entirely ignorant of such matters, did not even notice that there was a problem. After only seven months of marriage Henry was so desperate to rid himself of Anne that he declared himself impotent in order to secure a divorce. Anne was also eager to end her marriage and, with her clever handling of Henry obtained one of the biggest divorce settlements in English history. Following her divorce, Anne made good use of her many properties, including Richmond Palace, Hever Castle and the house at Lewes now known as 'Anne of Cleves' House'. Anne of Cleves is often portrayed as a stupid and comical figure. The real Anne was both intelligent and practical, ensuring that, whilst she was queen for the shortest period, she was the last of all Henry VIII's wives to survive. Henry's chief minister, Thomas Cromwell lost his head for his role in the Cleves marriage, but Anne's shrewdness ensured she kept hers. Even after Henry's death, Anne managed to work to her own advancement, attempting to annul her divorce in order to ensure her financial security as a dowager queen. Anne of Cleves led a dramatic and often dangerous life but, for all this, of Henry VIII's six wives, she is truly the wife that survived. 
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The Illustrated Six Wives of Henry VIII, Elizabeth Norton
3 The Illustrated Six Wives of Henry VIII
Elizabeth Norton UK Amberley Publishing 2015 1445642875 / 9781445642871 Soft cover New Book 23.5 x 16.5 x 0.8 cm 
Henry VIII had the most controversial love life of the Tudor period, and he remains Britain's most famous king because of it. His pursuit of a male heir for his throne led him to cast aside five consecutive wives and bring about the reformation of the Catholic Church, changing the face of British history as he broke from the pope and tradition. But who were the women who were instrumental in causing this change? Why was Catherine of Aragon divorced and Anne Boleyn beheaded, and what happened to the last wife, Catherine Parr? Elizabeth Norton provides a lavishly illustrated guide to the six wives of Henry VIII, exploring their private lives as well as the reasons behind the fundamental changes they caused in Tudor history. With a chapter on each wife, and an extra section on his mistresses, this is the ultimate companion to the six wives of Henry VIII. 
Price: 29.95 AUD
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Mary Boleyn: The True Story of Henry VIII's Favourite Mistress, Josephine Wilkinson
4 Mary Boleyn: The True Story of Henry VIII's Favourite Mistress
Josephine Wilkinson UK Amberley Publishing 2010 1848685254 / 9781848685253 Soft cover New Book 
The scandalous true story of Mary Boleyn, infamous sister of Anne, and mistress of Henry VIII. Mary Boleyn, 'the infamous other Boleyn girl', began her court career as the mistress of the king of France. Francois I of France would later call her 'The Great Prostitute' and the slur stuck. The bete-noir of her family, Mary was married her off to a minor courtier but it was not long before she caught the eye of Henry VIII and a new affair began. Although a bright star at Henry's court, she was soon eclipsed by her highly spirited and more accomplished sister, Anne, who rapidly took her place in the king's heart. However, the ups and downs of the Boleyn sisters were far from over. Mary would emerge the sole survivor of a family torn apart by lust and ambition, and it is in Mary and her progeny that the Boleyn legacy rests. 
Price: 26.95 AUD
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Intimate Letters of England's Kings, Margaret Sanders
5 Intimate Letters of England's Kings
Margaret Sanders UK Amberley Publishing 2014 144563810X / 9781445638102 Soft cover New Book 19.8 x 12.4 x 2.2 cm 
This selection of intimate letters of England s kings is sure to intrigue anyone with an interest in the personal lives of some of England s most powerful men. Intimate Letters of England s Kings starts with Henry VII (1457 1509) and ends with William IV (1765 1837), and provides the reader with an illuminating insight into the lives of these men, from Henry VIII s declaration of love to Anne Boleyn to the letter written by Charles II to his wife Catherine of Braganza.Chosen for their human appeal, these letters show the people behind the crown, allowing history to assume a remarkably human face." 
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