Biographies of Political Figureswith special reference to the Founders
Posted 12 July 2006 - 04:58 PM
Posted 12 July 2006 - 05:31 PM
Henry probably chose Jane Seymour because he was tired of dealing with intelligent, forceful women with minds of their own and needed a break. I always felt sorry for Katherine Howard -- a none-too-bright girl used as a political pawn. I have nothing but sympathy for Catherine of Aragon, but I suspect Anne Boleyn was the most remarkable of Henry's wives. Catherine Parr was indeed interesting, and too good for Thomas Seymour, IMO.
Ed, good to hear from you. There is indeed a separate thread on the Caro biographies of LBJ -- a very recent one. I agree with you that the first volume is the best. It's certainly the one I enjoyed the most. "The Power Broker" is a great book, too.
As far as political ambitions are concerned, Pompadour was in a much better position to indulge in such as Louis' maitresse-en-titre than as his queen. I enjoyed that book very much, too. I thought it might be fun to be Madame de Pompadour, if only to own all those beautiful objets!
Posted 12 July 2006 - 06:41 PM
Posted 12 July 2006 - 06:43 PM
And Elizabeth was really a remarkable combination of her father and mother, wasn't she?
Speaking of remarkable women, I recommend Alison Weir's Eleanor of Aquitaine. And W.L. Warren's biography of her equally remarkable husband, Henry II.
Posted 12 July 2006 - 06:46 PM
You know what you were before I made you what you are now. If you do not immediately accede to my wishes, I will unfrock you, By God.
Posted 13 July 2006 - 11:18 AM
Posted 31 July 2006 - 10:30 AM
Henry was out for about two hours, if we are thinking of the same accident, but there is no doubt it was serious enough to keep him from ever jousting again. There is some circumstantial evidence to indicate possible brain damage, but I don't think biographers are agreed on that and not all have detected quite that drastic a change in his personality.
Posted 31 July 2006 - 10:31 AM
We must have been reading a different book, canbelto. I didn't find it that difficult to follow, but tastes differ.
Posted 01 August 2006 - 10:13 AM
Alas for her, poor Mary I does appear to have been wanting in the charm department.
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