Henry VIII

Henry VIII

The King and His Court

eBook - 2001
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Henry VIII, renowned for his command of power and celebrated for his intellect, presided over one of the most magnificent - and dangerous - courts in Renaissance Europe. Never before has a detailed, personal biography of this charismatic monarch been set against the cultural, social, and political background of his glittering court and the splendor of his many sumptuous palaces.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2001
ISBN: 9780307415479
0307415473
Characteristics: 1 online resource (731 p.) : ill. (some col.)
Alternative Title: Henry the Eighth

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rpavlacic
Feb 27, 2017

Exhaustive but outstanding review of the life of England's most powerful and most controversial monarch. Author Alison Weir's thorough research produces a book that reads like a novel but tells an entirely true story. Among the surprises are just how extravagant Henry's court was as well as his personal expense account (making today's royal family in Britain seem relatively poor by comparison), while many of his servants got paid meagre wages (how poorly is demonstrated when the author provides currency conversions to today's pounds, usually an increase factor of 300). The book also details the reasons for England's break with Rome, as well as how it is almost certain that Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard were both wrongly executed over accusations of adultery. Having read this book, I look forward to reading Weir's other books about European royalty ... she knows how to tell truthful stories while keeping the reader in suspense.

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vicsailgarden
Apr 30, 2013

This book gives a very good idea of what life was like at the court of Henry VIII. The foods they ate, the sports they engaged in, the fashions they wore, and how they worshiped. And each of his wives are clearly described. I plan to read more from this author; she gives thorough descriptions without a lot of unnecessary drama. Life then was drama enough!

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Apr 30, 2013

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After the funeral, Henry emerged from seclusion and was reported to be "in good health and merry as a widower may be." Already, he was considering taking another wife.

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