Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived. So the six wives of Henry VIII have become defined in a popular sense not so much by their lives as by the way these lives ended. The author deals with each woman in turn with sympathy. Inevitably there was great rivalry between them, so high were the stakes in the great game of marrying the King of England. The story Antonia Fraser tells is romantic and cruel, funny and sad, dramatic and enthralling.