Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All

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Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All
Author: Anderson, M. T., Fleming, Candace, Hemphill, Stephanie, Sandell, Lisa Ann, Donnelly, Jennifer, Park, Linda Sue, Hopkinson, Deborah
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Time Period: Renaissance
Time Frame: 1501-1588
Geographic Area: Europe
Country: Great Britain
Topics: Tudors, Henry VIII
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Young Adult, Adult
Format: Novel
Published: 2018

World History > Renaissance > Tudors

Perfect for anyone playing the Six soundtrack on repeat who wants to discover more about the six wives of Henry VIII! This is an edge-of-your-seat reimagining of the romance and tragedy that defined them, told from multiple points of view by award-winning and bestselling authors.

If you were one of King Henry VIII's six wives, who would you be? Would you be Anne Boleyn, who literally lost her head? The subject of rumor and scandal like Catherine Howard? Or would you survive like Anna of Cleves?

Meet all Henry's queens--each bound for divorce or death--in this epic novel that reads like fantasy but really happened. Watch spellbound as each wife attempts to survive their unpredictable king as he grows more obsessed with producing a male heir. And discover how the power-hungry court fanned the flames of Henry's passions.... and his most horrible impulses.

Brought to life by seven award-winning and bestselling authors, here is an intimate look at the royals during one of the most treacherous times in history, perfect for anyone fascinated by Britain's Royal Family or Netflix's The Crown.

Emily's Reviews

I absolutely adored this novel. Each chapter is tackled by a different YA author giving voice to one of Henry VIII's ill-fated wives. Interspersed between were Henry's chapters, giving his side of the story.

I've read so many books on the Tudors, I know their stories pretty well. There wasn't necessarily anything new in this book. However, I found myself completely riveted. I found that the Queen's perspectives side-by-side with Henry's shows just how hard life would have been for an intelligent and strong-willed woman living in that time. When your job is to just be pretty and birth baby boys, anything you do outside of that puts you at risk.

I found the Anne Boleyn, Anna of Cleves, and Katherine Howard chapters to be particularly good. If you are looking for great historical fiction, especially if you aren't familiar with the Tudors, this is a great place to start.

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