Great Harry [NOOK Book]

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St. Martin's Griffin is proud to reissue acclaimed biographer Carolly Erickson's lives of the Tudor monarchs.

In this full-scale popular biography of Henry VIII, Carolly Erickson re-creates the extravagant life and times of one of history's most complex and fascinating men.

Based on voluminous records ...
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Overview



St. Martin's Griffin is proud to reissue acclaimed biographer Carolly Erickson's lives of the Tudor monarchs.

In this full-scale popular biography of Henry VIII, Carolly Erickson re-creates the extravagant life and times of one of history's most complex and fascinating men.

Based on voluminous records of the period, the story of Henry's life covers his troubled youth, his triumphant early reign, and his agonizing old age.

Against the lively backdrop of the Tudor world, with all its splendors and squalors, Carolly Erickson gives us an unforgettable and human portrait of Henry VIII.

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"This historical biography reads like the liveliest fiction. Erickson's portraits of Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon, Cardinal. Wolsey, Thomas Cromwell, and Anne Boleyn are carefully drawn-and utterly fascinating." —Chicago Tribune

"An admirable biography, graphic, judicious, carefully researched, skillfully constructed, and full of those telling details that are an essential ingredient of the narrator's art." —Christopher Hibbert, The New York Times Book Review

"A book of considerable literary distinction. Erickson's training as a professional historian keeps the main structure of the story firmly tied to the evidence. The result commands belief as well as respect." —John Kenyon, Washington Post Book World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429903981
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 363,894
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Distinguished historian Carolly Erickson is the author of Rival to the Queen, The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots, The First Elizabeth, The Hidden Life of Josephine, The Last Wife of Henry VIII, and many other prize-winning works of fiction and nonfiction. Her novel The Tsarina’s Daughter won the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction. She lives in Hawaii.

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

    A glimpse into history

    I found this book to be quite interesting as it gave you a very full spectrum on the life of England's most notorious monarch. As you read through the pages it reads more like a story than a recital of dry historical fact. The author provides us with a real feel for the man as well as the King. Henry started out as what seemed to be the perfect King, but as time passed, the crown grew heavy and Henry changed. This book allows us rare insight into the life both personal and public and weaves the details together from sources like a rich tapestry. I highly reccommend this book to anyone with interest in learning more than passing knowledge about Henry VIII and the heart of the Tudor dynasty.

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

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    Absolute Power Corrupts....

    Henry VIII is often thought of as the king who kept beheading his wives. (Actually, he only had two of the six executed.) Carolly Erickson brings out the fact that Henry was much more than the satyr of legend and film. Many contemporaries felt he posessed one of the best minds of his era. Erickson does not turn away from the other sorlid and unsavory aspects of her subject. Henry was a product of his time who was unable to rise above the narrowness and cruelty of his age. I plan to read more of her biographies of the Tudors. I have also enjoyed books by Alison Weir and Desmond Seward about the English Middle Ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2001

    You'll Like This Book!

    If you have interest in the life of Henry the Eighth and his court read this book. It's full of details that make a good biography. You'll learn the whole scope of his personality from the begining of his life to its end. The book is great for people with a mild to fanatical interest in the time period of Henry.

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