MLK & The Six Wives of Henry VIII

January 27, 2013

Just finished Godfrey Hodgson’s biography of Martin Luther King Jnr. Good book, in an earlier post I spoke about how the intro alone made me want to go to Atlanta and the rest of the book was good and seemed like a fair assessment of the man’s life. Only slight criticism was around the March on Washington. As most of these books are it was pretty chronological yet it pretty much skipped the buildup to and the actual event of the March. It was reflected on a little earlier on in the book but with such a chronological structure it’s omission felt odd and it felt like the book skipped from early 1963 to 1964. Reading it I felt the Writer felt there was too much other work out there about it, I felt he was intimidated out of writing about it. Seemed like a strange decision, the Letter from Birmingham Jail has had loads written about it but was examined in detail here. I guess it hasn’t the same kind of worldwide iconography.
Now reading The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser. I don’t remember much other than Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived but after reading Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel I’ve gotten interested in the wives. Fraser clearly as a serious reputation as a killer writer of biographies so looking forward to getting into it.


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