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Children of England Paperback – Apr 7 1997


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pimlico; New edition edition (April 7 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712673199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712673198
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #757,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20 2001
Format: Hardcover
Including Lady Jane, also known as the "Nine Days Queen", as a child of Henry VIII is a bit of a stretch but seeing that she did 'wear his crown' for a short time, I guess she should be included in the scheme of things. This book was OK, a bit of a disappointment considering all the excellent biographies that are available for each of his children on an individual basis. But, if a person needs to read about Edward, Mary, and Elizabeth all at one sitting, this book is a nice source of information and it is easy to understand.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donna Diogo on March 6 2010
Format: Paperback
I found this book very interesting and informative. It would have been nice if the book gave a little history about Henry's other children as well. Henry Fitroy was on his way to becoming Henry's heir when he suddenly died. Also, what about Katherine and Henry Carey. If Mary and Elizabeth, who are both illegitimate, won the right to rule England why not Mary Boleyn's children?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Maxwell on Sept. 30 2001
Format: Paperback
This book was a dissapointment after reading Weir's excellent Eleanor of Aquitaine. This book is a fairly straighfoward accounting of the lives of Henry 8th's children (plus Lady Jane Grey) from his death to the accension of Elizabeth to the throne.
There's not much particulary new in this book, and you would probably be better served by individual biographies if you want their lives in depth. In particular I found the lives of Edward VI and Lady Jane quite sketchy, with Elizabeth and Mary being better delt with.
However, if you don't know much about this period of England's history this book would be an excellent introduction and overview as the author's writing style is very clear and staight forward.
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Format: Paperback
Though I feel this book was seriously lacking in information regarding Elizabeth's reign, the rest of this book was perfection. I realize, though, that Elizabeth has her own book by Weir. I love how Weir supports her ideas with interesting information about surviving documents. This book is so interesting and flows so well.
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By v. rubin on May 15 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is a bit of a long read and at some points not very interesting ,but if you want to find out about Henry' children this is a must read
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By Christina on March 24 2002
Format: Paperback
This biography of four young English aristocratic children--Edward VI, Elizabeth I, Mary I, and Lady Jane Grey--tells their life stories and shows the backstabbing nature of the Tudor court. Alliances were changed often for political and social gain, with these children often being used as pawns. Weir's book shows this and more, and is well worth your money.
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By Kelly C. Connell on Feb. 14 2002
Format: Paperback
An excellent book. Allison Weir includes historical facts mixed with the perfect amount of personal history. I couldn't put this book down! I really recommend this book, I've just ordered several other books that she has written. The way she has presented the various subjects in this book is really very creative. This is not one of those 1,000 page text books that are filled with footnotes every other word. Very easy to read. Again, just the perfect mix! I'm just sorry it was not longer.
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Format: Paperback
Fans of Alison Weir are familiar with her "style" of historical biography, and Ms. Weir uses the same style in this book. I rather enjoyed this work, finding many new details I'd never read before. However, besides the dull title, the work incorporates Lady Jane Grey as a sort-of "child" of Henry VIII, and the incorporation doesn't work. Firstly, the information provided about Grey is scant. Secondly, Weir (with her ever-present bias) turns toward the grandiose with Mary's "glorious" re-claiming of the throne...I really heard the blowing of trumpets and a burst of "ah-ha" strings at the court intrigue (fine in a novel, but a bit silly in historical biography). Lastly, Lady Jane isn't Henry's kid (!)...she stole the throne, albeit by her father's cunning and overbearingness. Flaws aside, I think you'll gain much by reading this one!
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