I love Tudor history too. I was Catherine of Aragon which didn't surprise me that much.

Anne of Cleves didn't have it that great. She was never allowed to go home to Germany. She also saw her family very rarely. From what I have read of her she lived a pretty lonely existence in a foreign country.

The Happy Feminist

Hi Zan!

I don't think any of the wives had it too great. I think she Anne of Cleves had it better than most. At least she held on to her head!


Though I share a birthday with Anne Boleyn, I am a Flanders Mare, too.

And I can certainly relate to part about the lonely existence in a foreign county, and say that I`d pick that option over losing my head any day!


I got to be Katherine Parr, who I think did pretty well, as wives go.

The Happy Feminist

Hi Wolfa, my new friend from Feministe! Welcome!


I too was Catherine Parr. At least she finally got her strapping young buck once Henry died!


Anna of Cleves here, as well. Think it has something to do with liking good food?


Hi HF. Actually I've been reading for a while, but now I will *comment*, too, which may or may not be a good thing.

Am I the only person singing 'Seventh Wife' now? Heads off, he's mine!


I was Catherine of Aragon, who sounds not terribly exciting.

If I were only going to read one book on Tudor history, can you recommend something? (Something not too heavy/dense/dry, but more informative/fun.)

The Happy Feminist

The last book Tudor history book I read was:

The First Elizabeth by Carolly Erickson. This is a biography of the fabulous Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. It is a historical biography that reads more like a novel. My only objection was that at some points Erickson seemed to be invoking some rather unflattering stereotypes of middle-aged women that I didn't think were very fair to who Elizabeth I really was.

Erickson has written biographies of other Tudor women, including Mistress Anne (about Anne Boleyn) and Bloody Mary (about Elizabeth I's older sister, Mary Tudor). I haven't read these but I like Erickson's work generally (including her biography of Alexandra: The Last Tsarina.

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