The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All
What is this book about?
The tragic lives of Henry VIII and his six wives are reimagined by seven acclaimed and bestselling authors in this riveting novel, perfect for fans of Wolf Hall and Netflix’s The Crown.
He was King Henry VIII, a charismatic and extravagant ruler obsessed with both his power as king and with siring a male heir.
They were his queens—six ill-fated women, each bound for divorce, or beheading, or death.
Watch spellbound as each of Henry’s wives attempts to survive their unpredictable king and his power-hungry court. See the sword flash as fiery Anne Boleyn is beheaded for adultery. Follow Jane Seymour as she rises from bullied court maiden to beloved queen, only to die after giving birth. Feel Catherine Howard’s terror as old lovers resurface and whisper vicious rumors to Henry’s influential advisors. Experience the heartache of mothers as they lose son after son, heir after heir.
Told in stirring first-person accounts, Fatal Throne is at once provocative and heartbreaking, an epic tale that is also an intimate look at the royalty of the most perilous times in English history.
M.T. Anderson, writing as Henry VIII
Candace Fleming, writing as Katharine of Aragon
Stephanie Hemphill, writing as Anne Boleyn
Lisa Ann Sandell, writing as Jane Seymour
Jennifer Donnelly, writing as Anna of Cleves
Linda Sue Park, writing as Catherine Howard
Deborah Hopkinson, writing as Kateryn Parr
Awards and Recognition
- Amelia Bloomer List
- New York Public Library Best Book for Teens Top 10
“Romance and intrigue dominate these accounts, as do the frustrations of being female in a time when ‘no woman—not even a Queen—can … show her own power’ … ” (Shelf Awareness, starred review)
“A clever, feminist reimagining of one of English history’s most fascinating moments.” (Refinery29)
“Ambitious and exciting.” (Bustle)
written by M.T. Anderson, Candace Fleming, Stephanie Hemphill, Lisa Ann Sandell, Jennifer Donnelly, Linda Sue Park, and Deborah Hopkinson
Schwartz & Wade
Penguin Random House
young adult, 2018