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Henry VIII: The King and His Court

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Very detail-oriented, but accessible

No one does detailed work quite like Alison Weir. She meticulously describes clothing, interiors, architectural work, familial relationships, marriages, everything in her history of Henry VIII and his Court. Wolsey, Cromwell, and Cranmer are described, both profession...
No one does detailed work quite like Alison Weir. She meticulously describes clothing, interiors, architectural work, familial relationships, marriages, everything in her history of Henry VIII and his Court. Wolsey, Cromwell, and Cranmer are described, both professionally and personally, in detail as well as details of how Tudor royal households are set up and maintained (at times there are Households, too). All the intricate twists and turns of patronage, petitioning, and court life are presented in full but the result isn't tedious or boring; Weir manages to maintain a very readable style. Because Weir often alludes to certain historical facts, she tends to move forward and backward in time when describing individual persons and alludes to future events within her narrative so a basic knowledge of Tudor history is assumed. I thought this was a superbly rendered historiography, probably the best one of Weir's I've read so far, and she also provides extensive endnotes and bibliographies.

posted by Melissa_W on July 1, 2009

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Leaves much to be desired

Picking up this book in hopes of becoming more familiar with a seemingly larger than life man, a reader can be dissapointed. Very few of the first one hundred pages of the book have anything to do with a chronological life history of Henry VII. I am now very well aquain...
Picking up this book in hopes of becoming more familiar with a seemingly larger than life man, a reader can be dissapointed. Very few of the first one hundred pages of the book have anything to do with a chronological life history of Henry VII. I am now very well aquainted with the things he owned, the etiquette at his court, and the hundreds of names of those who surounded him, but Henry remained a mystery to me to the very end. I found myself skipping paragraphs describing the work he funded for his many properties hoping that it would become a more interesting read. Unfortunatly, it didn't. It is very well researched but as a biography, it leaves me hunting for another book.

posted by Anonymous on August 20, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2005

    Detailed examination of Court Life

    This book told me everthing I needed to know about the Court around King Henry VIII. The author's constant references to tapestries, castles, food and so forth gives the book a 'lifestyles of the rich and famous' outlook that is unseemly at times. Alison Weir is an excellent historian and she has become one of the most recognized experts on the Tudors. This book could have left out some of the details on the King's real estate transactions and put in more information on the political situation and received five stars. Of course than it would not have been the book Ms. Weir intended. As is the book is not her best work. That remains 'The Children of Henry the VIII'. I would still recommend this book. The author is a talented writer and she found a way to make even Flemish tapestries interesting!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2002

    Weir's take on Henry

    Alison Weir's works have been highly regarded by a number of reviewers of historical non fiction. This book was quite readable with a wealth of details, but Weir has a habit of presenting her own opinion as if it were fact. She also seems to have a penchant for including salacious gossip that is tangential to the point she makes, a habit I found irritating.

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