The Children of Henry VIII

  • by Alison Weir
  • Narrated by Simon Prebble
  • 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir is one of the most popular chroniclers of British and European royal history. In this fascinating book she sheds light on the scheming, backstabbing and brutality that plagued England after Henry VIII’s death. Filled with remarkable and sometimes shocking details, The Children of Henry VIII is an arresting narrative that brings the past to life and infuses it with all the flair of a riveting novel.


What the Critics Say

"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 inflicted." (The New York Times Book Review)


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Customer Reviews

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A very dysfunctional family!

Alison Weir weaves her charm with this glorious set of biographies of Mary, Edward and Elizabeth and their cousin Jane who was Queen for just 9 days. Its fascinating for all those that love of Tudor history as it gives personal insight to each individual from what must have been exhaustive research by Weir.

I have to say that they were a very dysfunctional family and the repercussions of such disturbed childhoods showed in each of their characters and in the decisions they made both before they reigned and after their sub sequential successions.

My only disappointment was that it stopped when Elizabeth became Queen however it did mean that I went on to listen to Weir's The Life of Elizabeth I.

Highly recommended for all Tudor history lovers and for those that thought they grew up in a dysfunctional family!
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- Neil Chisholm ""fabric artist and quilter""

The 2nd best of Alison Weirs books

If you could sum up The Children of Henry VIII in three words, what would they be?

Warm, human, detailed

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

Almost as good as her book on the Wars of the Roses . Hopefully that will become available on Audible soon too.

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- niall

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-31-2012
  • Publisher: Recorded Books