KEEP YOUR HEAD

LEARN HOW TO SURVIVE AS HENRY VIII's WIFE

AN IRREVERENT TAKE ON
TUDOR HISTORY

EXPLORE
HENRY'S SIX WIVES

HORRIBLE HISTORIES FOR GROWN UPS

HISTORY BOOKS CAN BE INTIMIDATING

While traditional history books offer a deep insight into historical events, they often isolate general readers, favouring academics and those with existing historical knowledge. So, even though the subject matter is riveting, it's hard to become invested without considerable effort. In other words, if you read for leisure, you've probably found yourself losing interest.  

portrait of henry viii
the battle of flodden

YOU'RE MISSING OUT ON FASCINATING STORIES

Once you've lost interest in a book, it's likely to end up in your DNF pile. Yet history is saturated with fascinating stories and events, especially the Tudor period. As a result of the intimidating nature of history books, you're missing out on a whole world of captivating literature, but it doesn't have to be this way.

HOW KEEP YOUR HEAD MAKES TUDOR HISTORY ACCESSIBLE

UNIQUE
NARRATIVE

Where other history books focus on dates, dynasties, and information dumping, KEEP YOUR HEAD offers a unique narrative, bringing thoughtful insight into fascinating historical events.

POINTS 
OF REFUGE

No one remembers everything they read, especially when it comes to understanding complex historical events. KEEP YOUR HEAD features several "points of refuge" throughout the book, summarising key information.

CAPTIVATING 
FACTS

KEEP YOUR HEAD focuses on key the interesting side of history, meaning you'll not get bogged down with unnecessary tangents and dull details. This book is about enjoying history and learning about Henry VIII's six wives, not proving the author's academic worth. 

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NO PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE NEEDED

KEEP YOU HEAD is written with the assumption that you have no previous knowledge of Tudor history. By taking this approach, the book offers an easy-to-follow narrative that serves as an excellent introduction to Henry VIII and his six wives. This makes for a leisurely read that you can breeze your way through. 

Portrait of Anne of Cleves
portraits of henry viii and anne boleyn

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN AFTER READING

After reading KEEP YOU HEAD, you'll have gained an impressive insight into Henry VIII's life, myths surrounding Britain's most famous king, and, most importantly, the lives of his six wives. Throughout the book, you'll learn top tips and tricks for navigating the beastly personality of Henry VIII, coming away with an intimate knowledge of how to survive as Henry VIII's wife.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James T. Ball is the founder of "That's Tudor History," a free online learning hub for Tudor history. With a quickly growing social media following, Ball provides viewers with easy-to-understand resources and videos that make learning about the Tudors fun. He is an experienced writer with several books under his belt and is known for his humorous edge.

author of Keep Your Head, James Tyler Ball

WHAT READERS SAY ABOUT JAMES TYLER BALL

"HAD ME LAUGHING THE WHOLE TIME"

"BALL CONSTRUCTS A COMPELLING READ"

"HILARIOUS AND YET EQUALLY INFORMATIVE"

KEEP YOUR HEAD SYNOPSIS

Henry VIII was a nasty piece of work. Volatile. Violent. Gluttonous. Yet he had no trouble with the ladies. The ladies, however, had trouble with him.

Surviving as Henry VIII’s wife meant carefully navigating The King’s difficult temperament, enduring the stench of his leg sores, and living up to the standards of your, admittedly, generous portrait. But even if you satisfied these demanding parameters, he may still have had you thrown to the dogs (or more accurately, the axeman).

In other words, it wasn’t easy being Henry VIII’s wife. In fact, no one involved with The King came out truly unscathed. So, if history were to repeat itself, what could his wives do differently in order to keep their heads? Keep Your Head: How to Survive as Henry VIII’s Wife explores that very question.

After reading this book, if you’re ever approached by a grotesquely bulbous king with a penchant for adultery, you’ll be prepared to accept his courtship without fear of his wrath—you’d have learned How to Survive as Henry VIII’s Wife.
 

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