1536: The Year That Changed Henry VIII

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One of the best-known figures of British history, the stereotypical image of Henry VIII is of a corpulent, covetous, and cunning king whose appetite for worldly goods met few parallels, whose wives met infamously premature ends, and whose religion was ever political in intent.

Moving beyond this caricature, 1536 - focusing on a pivotal year in the life of the King - reveals a fuller portrait of this complex monarch, detailing the finer shades of humanity that have so long been overlooked. We discover that in 1536 Henry met many failures - physical, personal, and political - and emerged from them a different man: a revolutionary new king who proceeded to transform a nation and reform a religion.

A compelling story, the effects of which are still with us today, 1536 demonstrates what a profound difference can be made to a nation simply by changing the heart of a king.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745953328
  • Publisher: Lion UK
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,344,652
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzannah Lipscomb is a research curator at Hampton Court Palace.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Illustrations 11

Preface 13

Part 1 Setting the Scene 17

Prologue 19

Chapter 1 The Change 23

Chapter 2 Young Henry 27

Chapter 3 The Divorce 36

Chapter 4 1536 and All That 43

Part 2 The Crisis of Masculinity 47

Chapter 5 A Wife's Death 50

Chapter 6 The King's Honour 55

Chapter 7 The Fall of Anne Boleyn 65

Chapter 8 A Dearth of Heirs 90

Chapter 9 Masculinity and Image 95

Part 3 The King's Religion 105

Chapter 10 The Reformation in England 109

Chapter 11 1536: The Church Established 113

Chapter 12 The Role of Henry VIII in Later Reformation 126

Chapter 13 Henry VIII's Theology 136

Chapter 14 The Aftermath of the Reformation 141

Part 4 Henry the Tyrant 145

Chapter 15 The Pilgrimage of Grace 149

Chapter 16 The Mouldwarp Prophecy 172

Chapter 17 Courtly Dissent 178

Chapter 18 Did Henry VIII Become a Tyrant? 183

Epilogue 204

Appendix 1 Timeline of 1536 210

Appendix 2 Henry VIII's Wives 212

Appendix 3 The Cost of Living in Henry VIII's Reign 213

Notes 216

Further Reading 231

Index 234

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