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Henry VIII

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Henry VIII by Alison Weir

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"Seeing Henry in context..."
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How many times have I read this book? – but it stands re-reading, as its completely fascinating. Henry in a slightly different light – not the usual monster-like wife murderer. Weir looks at Henry's life and environment – family, where he lived, events that happened, even what they ate and how they lived. All the small details add up to provide a context for Henry's character and behavior, and how the glorious golden young king could descend into the horror story of his later years. In a previous review of Alison Weir I've noted she writes history for the non-historian, she keeps it light and keeps the story flowing.


'This magnificent new book is Alison Weir's greatest achievement- a detailed biography of Henry VIII, set against the cultural, social and political background of his court - the most magnificent court ever seen in England - and the splendour of his many sumptuous palaces. Seen from this new perspective, Henry VIII emerges as a fully-rounded and realistic personality, not the two-dimensional caricature of popular misconception. This book is not just an entertaining narrative packed with colourful description and a wealth of anecdotal evidence, but a comprehensive analytical study of the development of both monarch and court during a crucial period in English history. As well as challenging some recent theories, it offers controversial new conclusions based on contemporary evidence that has until now been overlooked. This is a triumph of historical writing which will appeal equally to the general reader and the serious historian.'A glittering evocation of the Tudor Court, its splendour as well as its vulgarity-a responsive, rounded portrait.' Daily Telegraph'Weir has used colourful, fresh material (much of it from unpublished archives and letters), to recreate early sixteenth-century European life and thought, within which she sets the larger-than-life figure of the king-a compelling, readable account of the life and times of the king who put England firmly on the map of power politics.' Lisa Jardine, Literary Review

Author Biography

Alison Weir lives and works in Surrey. Her books include Britain's Royal Families, Elizabeth the Queen and Eleanor of Aquitaine.
Release date Australia
April 26th, 2002
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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