Henry VIII / Edition 1

Henry VIII / Edition 1

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by Lucy Wooding
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415339952

ISBN-13: 9780415339957

Pub. Date: 09/29/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

'The author does a wonderful job of telling a gripping story that also gives a sense of the complexity of the reign and the period ... Students who read this will be well instructed about a very significant period of English history – and they will be entertained as well.'Anne McLaren, University of Liverpool, UK

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'The author does a wonderful job of telling a gripping story that also gives a sense of the complexity of the reign and the period ... Students who read this will be well instructed about a very significant period of English history – and they will be entertained as well.'Anne McLaren, University of Liverpool, UK

Henry VIII was one of England’s most unforgettable monarchs. He was at once inspiring, menacing and perplexing to his contemporaries, and his reputation remains both impressive and enigmatic.

Lucy Wooding's timely study provides an insightful and original portrait of this larger-than-life figure, and of the many paradoxes of his character and reign. Building on significant advances in recent research to put forward a distinctive interpretation of Henry’s complex character and remarkable style of kingship, Wooding locates him firmly in the context of the English Renaissance and the fierce currents of religious change that characterized the early Reformation.

Complete with colour illustrations, this compelling new biography gives a fresh portrayal of Henry VIII, cutting away the misleading mythology in order to provide a vivid account of this passionate, wilful, intelligent and destructive king.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415339957
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/29/2008
Series:
Routledge Historical Biographies Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations. Acknowledgements. Chronology. Introduction 1. The Education of a Christian Prince 1491-1509 2. The Foundations of Kingship 1509-1518 3. The Lure of Empire 1518-1527 4. Dynasty and Supremacy 1527-1534 5. The Godly Prince 1533-1539 6. The Closing Years 1540-1547. Conclusion - The Legacy of Henry VIII. Abbreviations. Notes. Select Further Reading. Index

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Henry VIII 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JoliMN More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader of history during the reign of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, so I was thrilled to find a new publication in this genre. This book is very "dry" and scholarly. I found the descriptions of the time period and the religious turmoil delved deeper than other books I've read. Also, the author offers contrasting points of view of Henry's motivations than many historians have in the past. This was definitely NOT a quick read, I had to pay great attention to follow the political and religious debates happening at the time to keep all the names and affiliations straight. The illustrations used in the book are not the usual, it was nice to see some more obscure works. I am glad I read this, but unless you are a big fan of Henry this reads more like a text book than a novel, which I am sure is what the author's intent was.