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The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers

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  • Posted May 20, 2010

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    I love the Tutor history and have read several works regarding the life of King Henry. In this book, the life of King Henry the VIII is discussed from the view points of King Henry himself and his court jester, Will. This story is historically grounded with many factual basis, in her typical form George find a way to weave in compelling stories of love, lust and life with historical founding for entertainment. This book is a long novel, approximately a thousand pages like many of George's works. Personally, this was my least favorite of George's books I have read so far, the story seems verbose and to drag in places. I was disappointed somewhat, however, my love for the Tutor story got me through the dry places. I felt somewhat more educated on the Tutor turmoil after the read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2008

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    King Hal another way.

    Ms George has presented us with a lively view of the life and times of Henry VIII. In this retelling of the story of the king that would be head of the Church in England, George gives us a very human picture of the king and those around him. The device of having Will Smith comment on the King's narrative is both informaional and entertaining. A very good read!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2000

    Good book on Henry

    This book, told from Henry's viewpoint, is a fascinating account of life in sixteenth century England. I loved all the descriptions of court life. The reader really gets to see Henry from a different perspective -- not as the monster as he has so often been portrayed, but as a living, breathing human being with the same feelings as the rest of us. I am not excusing some of his actions, but you have to look at them in the light of the times he lived in. He did what a sixteenth nobleman probably would have done in those circumstances. I found the descriptions of his wives to be very interesting also. All in all, a fascinating, detailed account of a very significant historical figure.

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  • Posted December 31, 2011

    Highly recommended

    This was on of the best pieces of historical fiction I have ever read. An engrossing story about a facinating character and his times. The author makes a character that history has not been kind to fully human and someone you care deeply about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2003

    Great!

    An excellent book. I have never read a book based on a historical figure outside of school before. I loved this book. I appreciate the way Margaret made it feel as if you were reading a book written by King Henry and his fool. I feel as if I know all I could about him now. An extraordinarily well-researched novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2002

    A Nixon with Testosterone!

    An interesting display of naive male chauvinism but fascinating as an imaginary chronicle of one of England's most influential monarchs who altered the course of the world by taking on the politically powerful church in Rome and weaving through his own laws to achieve his means: a medieval Richard Nixon with testosterone!

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