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Royal Marriage Secrets : Consorts & Concubines, Bigamists & Bastards
by John Ashdown-hill


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From royal babies to royal marriages, not all are what they seem this book exposes the hidden skeletons of England's most famous rulers

Were the "Princes in the Tower" illegitimate? Did Henry VIII really have six wives? How virginal was "the Virgin Queen?" Was James, Duke of Monmouth, the heir to the throne, or just one of Charles II's bastards?  Read more...


 
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Overview

From royal babies to royal marriages, not all are what they seem this book exposes the hidden skeletons of England's most famous rulers

Were the "Princes in the Tower" illegitimate? Did Henry VIII really have six wives? How virginal was "the Virgin Queen?" Was James, Duke of Monmouth, the heir to the throne, or just one of Charles II's bastards? Did George IV marry a German princess or a Catholic widow? Was Queen Victoria "Mrs. Brown?" These questions are explored in the context of two broader stories: love and marriage in the English royal family, and the evolution of marriage practice in England. How were royal consorts chosen? Did royal brides use witchcraft? Where did people get married in the past? The answers to such questions provide the fascinating context within which the six disputed royal marriages must be understood."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780752487267
  • ISBN-10: 0752487264
  • Publisher: History Press (SC)
  • Publish Date: October 2013
  • Page Count: 255
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds


Related Categories

Books > History > Europe - Great Britain - General
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Royalty

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-11-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

Historian Ashdown-Hill traces the supposed affairs, secret and/or bigamous marriages, and many illegitimate children through nearly 700 years of British royalty. Most famously, Henry VIII, still married to Catherine of Aragon, wed Anne Boleyn, yet it was Boleyn who was executed for adultery. Other notable affairs include Henry II's with his son Richard's fiancee, and Edward III's with Alice Salisbury, his wife's lady-in-waiting and one of the first mistresses accused of using witchcraft to seduce the king. Ashdown-Hill looks into the evidence of the paternity and consequent legitimacy of Edmund and Jasper Tudor as well as the conjecture that Elizabeth I's illegitimate son was "the real author of the ‘Shakespeare' literature." He explores the evidence for Edward IV's rumored secret marriage to Eleanor Talbot and the ramifications when he later married Elizabeth Woodville. The possible secret marriage between Charles II and Lucy Walter would have made their son, the Duke of Monmouth, heir to the throne but his detractors had him executed and his mother vilified as a "concubine." Ashdown-Hill touches on Queen Victoria's relationship with servant John Brown and allegations linking the Jack the Ripper murders with George V's brother. This is a fascinating and thorough study, though some may find the language overly academic. (Feb.)

 
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