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The Divorce of Henry VIII by Catherine Fletcher

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Published by Palgrave Macmillan, June 2012 **

This is the first time in many years that I have been compelled to not finish a book.  I usually devour everything Tudor-related, and I did give this a solid chance, 150 pages.  But it just didn’t keep my interest.  The political implications behind Henry VIII’s attempts to divorce Catherine of Aragon are certainly well documented here, but the correspondences between various diplomats, ambassadors, and the curia read like petty, whining brats wrote them.  The book mainly focuses on Henry’s Italian ambassador in Rome, Gregorio Casali, but there are dozens of other Casali family members, English diplomats, Italian politicians, and Vatican representatives to keep track of.  They’re constantly stabbing each other in the back, changing allegiances, griping about never having enough money, and contradicting their own opinions.  I just didn’t feel I motivated to keep reading about how the rest of Europe regarded Henry’s Great Matter.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via the Amazon Vine program.

Author: Julie Merilatt

I live in a Chicago suburb with my husband and a house full of books. Book collecting, reading, and reviewing consume my life. I have a special affinity for all things Alice in Wonderland. I began my education at Carthage College, wanting to be an English teacher. Eventually I decided that Carthage and I weren’t a good fit anymore, so I transferred to North Park University, where I realized I didn’t want to be a teacher. So I finished my education with a degree in English with a writing concentration. I was always a voracious reader and wrote my first review in April 2007. I don’t remember why exactly I decided to write a review, only that I had just finished The Agony and the Ecstasy and had a strong feeling that I needed to express how I felt about it. This inspired me to write reviews about each book I wrote and after posting on Amazon for two years, I was invited into the Amazon Vine program. I am also an active reviewer/member of Goodreads and enjoy being an active member of the online book community.

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