Divorced, Beheaded, Survived: A Feminist Reinterpretation Of The Wives Of Henry Viii
Da Capo Press, 20. jaan 1995 - 231 pages
The women who wed Henry VIII are remembered mainly for the ways their royal marriages ended: divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. This book helps to restore full humanity to these six fascinating women by applying the insights of feminist scholarship. Here they appear not as stereotypes, not simply as victims, but as lively, intelligent noblewomen doing their best to survive in a treacherous court. Divorced, Beheaded, Survived takes a revisionist look at 16th-century English politics (domestic and otherwise), reinterpreting the historical record in perceptive new ways. For example, it shows Ann Boleyn not as a seductress, but as a sophisticate who for years politely suffered what we would now label royal sexual harassment. It presents evidence that the princess Anne of Cleves, whom Henry declared ugly and banished from his bed, was in fact a pretty woman who agreed to the king's whim as her best hope for happiness.
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LibraryThing ReviewKasutaja arvustus - Auntie-Nanuuq - LibraryThing
This was somewhat interesting, but lacking in many areas. I found it mostly to be about Henry. Surprisingly Anne Boleyn was portrayed as not the harridan we are normally led to believe. The fact that ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewKasutaja arvustus - jennladd - LibraryThing
Okay, I should preface by saying that I am a history junkie, and that Tudor England is my drug of choice. Seriously, it’s like my crack. I know all the major players, I know how most historians view ... Read full review