Hi! How are you all? I hope you’re well.

I haven’t been reading much as I’ve been so ill in hospital however, while I was away, I received a copy of this beauty. I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to see my quote from ‘The Sun’ included on the jacket for the second time. As a teacher, history & literacy are my passion and so it makes me so happy to see my words on the jackets of these utterly compelling stories.

Anyone who knows about Henry VIII knows how things ultimately pan out for his wives, but these books offer an accurate historical insight into these amazing women who were so much more than the King of England’s wife!

I always felt the most sorry for Jane Seymour. Whilst I believed she was the wife Henry really loved the most, who gave him his much desired son, I imagined her to be a shy, almost dull woman: I was wrong. That’s the beauty of these stories -they turn your preconceived ideas upside down & give you so much more of an insight into these strong women who came up against so much adversity.

If you are interested in history, then I recommend you read these books, starting with the first. It’s here you can really see how Alison Weir begins to explain Henry’s complex love life from the very beginning, where the seeds are sown which don’t come to fruition until later books; she truly is a gifted storyteller, weaving solid, factual historical research throughout the narrative. As I said, the detail & description, as in the previous books, is immaculate and is, I think, the key to holding the reader enraptured.

I never really cared for Anne of Cleves, I don’t know why, but I know everything I think I know about her is probably all wrong and when I get to read Alison Weir’s next book my opinion will have changed dramatically! I cannot wait!