The Children of Henry VIII

The Children of Henry VIII

by John Guy


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ISBN-13: 9780198700876
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/15/2015
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 1,329,525
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

John Guy is a Fellow of Clare College, University of Cambridge. His books include the bestselling Tudor England, The Tudors: A Very Short Introduction, A Daughter's Love: Thomas and Margaret More, Thomas Becket: Warrior, Priest, Rebel, Victim: A 900-Year-Old Story Retold and 'My Heart is My Own': the Life of Mary Queen of Scots, which won the Whitbread Biography Award, Marsh Biography Award, and was a Finalist for the National Book Critics' Circle (USA) Biography/Autobiography of the Year Award. A regular contributor to BBC radio and television, he also writes and reviews for national newspapers and magazines, including The Sunday Times and The Literary Review.

Table of Contents

1. In the Beginning
2. Smoke and Mirrors
3. Prince or Princess?
4. Sons and Lovers
5. A Family Feud
6. Ruling from the Grave
7. Faith and Exclusion
8. Sisters, Rivals, Queens
9. Uncharted Waters
Notes on Dates and Quotations
Notes and References

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The Children of Henry VIII 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
lsmeadows More than 1 year ago
John Guy's latest, The Children of Henry VIII, is a well written book covering the struggle of Henry VIII to procure an heir for the Tudor throne. At just 258 pages it is a relatively quick read on the subject. In addition, it presents the essential information in a way that is uncomplicated and easy to follow. For those reasons, this would be an excellent book for anyone just beginning to read about the Tudors. For those of us that are well versed in the subject, though, there is little new information. I did, however, like the fact that this book contained a complete section on Henry Fitzroy, and did not just focus on the legitimate offspring. I was also fascinated by the author's suggestion that Henry had a rare blood condition that may have been the root of his inability to father more than one living child by any one woman. I had never heard this theory before and wish the author would have gone into a bit more depth on the subject.  In fact, my biggest disappointment with this book overall was the lack of depth in general. At times it seemed to me that the author was just skimming the surface of the subject, while I was looking for more detailed information on the children and their lives. In fact, I felt the beginning of the book was more about Henry himself than the children's early lives. The good news is that the lack of depth coupled with John Guy's extremely readable writing style makes this an excellent book on Henry and his children for someone who is just starting to explore the Tudors.  On the other hand, if you are like me and love all things Tudor and never tire of reading about them in general, there is a bit of new and different in this book that makes it worth the read.  Thanks to Oxford Press and Netgalley for bringing this book to my attention and giving me the chance to read it in exchange for a review. (less)
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