I had originally read this book way back in 2002 when I was twelve and it spawned a fascination with the Tudor era that has continued to this day.
On rereading this book again, I rediscovered little details, although I remembered most of the book, which is surprising as I hadn’t really read the full thing in ten years and my memory has been affected by my medicine. I think it’s a testament to how good of an historian Alison Weir is. She makes Henry and each wife seem alive and she doesn’t condemn them for their actions. You have no idea how it feels to sympathize with Henry of all people haha, but I did during his early years with Anne Boleyn.
Next on the list to read will be The Children of Henry VIII by the same author, after that probably her biography of Elizabeth I. It seems as though my love of the Tudor era is still going strong!
View all my reviews Along with reading this book, lately I’ve been watching my DVDs that are about the Tudors. I’ve watched the 2003 TV serial starring Ray Winstone as Henry VIII, which is my personal favorite since as far as I know it’s the only one with a redheaded Henry. That’s a small quibble I know, but the man was a redhead and he had two redheaded children! After that I watched The Other Boleyn Girl with Eric Bana as Henry VIII and Natalie Portman as Anne Boleyn. This one isn’t my favorite, but I stan for Natalie Portman…hard and so I watch this one often. I’ve just finished Season 3 of the Tudors. For the longest time I couldn’t get into the series because of some of the changes and whatnot. But after I stopped comparing to the direct history and took for enjoyment purposes, I really liked it and I’ve just watch like fourteen episodes in a matter of a week. The costumes are to die for of course!