"Fascinating . . . Alison Weir does full justice to the subject."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer
At his death in 1547, King Henry VIII left four heirs to the
English throne: his only son, the nine-year-old Prince Edward;
the Lady Mary, the adult daughter of his first wife Katherine of
Aragon; the Lady Elizabeth, the teenage daughter of his second
wife Anne Boleyn; and his young great-niece, the Lady Jane Grey.
In this riveting account Alison Weir paints a unique portrait of
these extraordinary rulers, examining their intricate
relationships to each other and to history. She traces the tumult
that followed Henry's death, from the brief intrigue-filled
reigns of the boy king Edward VI and the fragile Lady Jane Grey,
to the savagery of "Bloody Mary," and finally the accession of
the politically adroit Elizabeth I.
As always, Weir offers a fresh perspective on a period that has
spawned many of the most enduring myths in English history,
combining the best of the historian's and the biographer's art.
"Like anthropology, history and biography can demonstrate
unfamiliar ways of feeling and being. Alison Weir's sympathetic
collective biography, The Children of Henry VIII does just that,
reminding us that human nature has changed--and for the better. .
. . Weir imparts movement and coherence while re-creating the
suspense her characters endured and the suffering they
--The New York Times Book Review