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The main exception that I make to this rule is for Tudor history. Almost two years ago, I went through a Tudor obsession that hasn't quite waned, which included historical fiction, the TV show The Tudors (it's so good, you have to watch it!), and also some biographies of the Tudor family, with a focus on Henry VIII wives.
Sister Queens is a feminist biography of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's first wife, and her sister, Juana of Castile (though it's more about Catherine). This biography does a great job of putting their stories into the context of their time.
The Six Wives of Henry VIII is about just that - Henry VIII's many marriages, which led to divorce, beheadings, and a break with the Catholic Church. Weir paints a fascinating and complex portrait of Henry himself, a man who was heinous in a contemporary perspective for his treatment of his wives and despised in his time for meddling with the church, but nevertheless beloved by his people.
Marriage and Other Acts of Charity is the only one other nonfiction book that I've read in the last few years that comes to mind and I recommend it wholeheartedly. Braestrup reflects on the different types of love described in the Greek language - eros, philos, and agape - as well as her own two marriages and experiences as a Unitarian minister. My husband and I both read this shortly before we got married and it was a great way to think about our impending nuptials. I recommend it for anybody who's getting married soon or who already is.
What are your favorite nonfiction reads? I'd love some recommendations!