If you want to know what really happened in history and know the true hidden reasons why things are happening as they are, you need to read this book with the rest of the pieces. You have needed your whole life to figure out how you can correct the issues, with information that has not been allowed in your education. If you have always wanted to know why history has been recorded as it was and questioned its veracity. My desire was to know why my family was left out of history. In other words, the eternal question of why has been probed in this book.
In 1533 Katherine Willoughby married Charles Brandon, Henry VIII's closest friend. She would go on to serve at the court of every Tudor monarch bar Henry VII and Mary Tudor. Duchess of Suffolk at the age of fourteen, she became a powerful woman ruling over her houses at Grimsthorpe and Tattershall in Lincolnshire and wielding subtle influence through her proximity to the king. She grew to know Henry well. In 1538, only three months after Jane Seymour's death, it was reported that they had been 'masking and visiting' together, and in 1543 she became a lady-in-waiting to his sixth wife, Catherine Parr. Henry had a reputation for tiring of his wives once the excitement of the pursuit was over, and in February 1546, only six months after Charles Brandon's death, it was rumoured that Henry intended to wed Katherine Willoughby himself if he could end his present marriage. This is the remarkable story of a life of privilege, tragedy and danger, of a woman who nearly became the seventh wife of Henry VIII.
Summary of Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory | Includes Analysis
Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory is a novel that follows more than 30 years in the life of Margaret Tudor. Starting in 1501, when she’s 11 years old, the story traces Margaret’s movements between England and Scotland, where she struggles to maintain her grip on power after the death of her husband, the king. Through moments of triumph and sorrow, she maintains an impassioned correspondence with Mary and Katherine, her sister and sister-in-law, whom she holds in her heart with equal parts fondness and spite.
In London at the turn of the sixteenth century, Margaret meets Katherine of Aragon, the Spanish princess who is to marry her older brother Arthur. Margaret is not as taken with Katherine as her young siblings, Mary and Henry, who sometimes goes by Harry. Still, there’s something about this poised young woman that Margaret admires. Mentally, Margaret compares herself to Katherine…
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‘A wonderful book’
David Park, Irish Times
In 1949, when Marianne Elliott was just a baby, her parents moved into the White City, one of the first mixed-religion estates to be built in Belfast after the war. They were among the first tenants and they lived there until 1963.
In this vivid and compelling new book – part memoir, part social history – Marianne Elliot tells the story of the estate where she grew up: of how it came to be built, of what it promised, of the people who lived there and of what happened to it.
The story is, of course, deeply personal, but Elliott uses it to paint a rich and fascinating portrait of 1950s Belfast, a close-knit city recovering from the ravages of war and still in the throes of austerity but optimistic for the future.
Drawing on her own memories and those of family, friends and former neighbours, and based on extensive historical research and interviews with current and former residents, this book tells the story of an overlooked and under-documented time in Belfast’s history, the story of a pre-Troubles Belfast in which Catholics and Protestants lived side by side.
‘A searching and illuminating memoir … outstanding.’
Patricia Craig, Times Literary Supplement
On her 82nd birthday, a grandmother was challenged to hike 100 kilometres (62miles) in Spain’s Galician mountains. Walking the ancient Camino de Santiago route with a heavy backpack, she faced adventures with other pilgrims, sticky mud, steep climbs and blistering midday heat. This was one way she faced the adventures and challenges of the third or late age.
This uplifting book addresses the question for those in their 50s and beyond: ‘What now, what next, what has it all been about?’ It shows that far from settling into comfy slippers, whatever problems life presents, if a new challenge is accepted, a purposeful new life adventure begins.
Hidden somewhere, in nearly every major city in the world, is an underground seduction lair. And in these lairs, men trade the most devastatingly effective techniques ever invented to charm women. This is not fiction. These men really exist. They live together in houses known as Projects. And Neil Strauss, the bestselling author and journalist, spent two years living among them, using the pseudonym Style to protect his real-life identity. The result is one of the most explosive and controversial books of the last decade—guaranteed to change the lives of men and transform the way women understand the opposite sex forever.
On his journey from AFC (average frustrated chump) to PUA (pick-up artist) to PUG (pick-up guru), Strauss not only shares scores of original seduction techniques but also has unforgettable encounters with the likes of Tom Cruise, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Heidi Fleiss, and Courtney Love. And then things really start to get strange—and passions lead to betrayals lead to violence. The Game is the story of one man's transformation from frog to prince to prisoner in the most unforgettable book of this generation.
‘I no longer want to live someone else’s idea of who and what I should be. I’m going to be me.’‘I just absolutely thought I was the luckiest girl in the world.’Diana Spencer's engagement to Prince Charles, announced in 1981, first cast the spotlight on the young girl who was to become one of the most intriguing and influential royals in modern history — despite deep and exasperated resistance in traditional royal circles, not least from some of her in-laws.Until her tragic death in 1997 at the age of 36, Diana frequently gave interviews and shared her thoughts with many people. In this fresh portrait of Diana on her own life, Nigel Cawthorne gathers her most salient words from the very first till the very last - some known, some forgotten. They show a remarkable woman whose struggles, passion and compassion, continue to inspire two decades later.
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