Henry VIII: The King and His Court (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - History - 656 pages
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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Alison Weir's Mary Boleyn.

Henry VIII, renowned for his command of power, celebrated for his intellect, presided over the most stylish—and dangerous—court in Renaissance Europe. Scheming cardinals vied for power with newly rich landowners and merchants, brilliant painters and architects introduced a new splendor into art and design, and each of Henry's six queens brought her own influence to bear upon the life of the court. In her new book, Alison Weir, author of the finest royal chronicles of our time, brings to vibrant life the turbulent, complex figure of Henry VIII and the glittering court he made his own.

In an age when a monarch's domestic and political lives were inextricably intertwined, a king as powerful and brilliant as Henry VIII exercised enormous sway over the laws, the customs, and the culture of his kingdom. Yet as Weir shows in this swift, vivid narrative, Henry's ministers, nobles, and wives were formidable figures in their own right, whose influence both enhanced and undermined the authority of the throne. On a grand stage rich in pageantry, intrigue, passion, and luxury, Weir records the many complex human dramas that swirled around Henry, while deftly weaving in an account of the intimate rituals and desires of England's ruling class—their sexual practices, feasts and sports, tastes in books and music, houses and gardens.

Stimulating and tumultuous, the court of Henry VIII attracted the finest minds and greatest beauties in Renaissance England—poets Wyatt and Surrey, the great portraitist Hans Holbein, "feasting ladies" like Elizabeth Blount and Elizabeth FitzWalter, the newly rich Boleyn family and the ancient aristocratic clans like the Howards and the Percies, along with the entourages and connections that came and went with each successive wife. The interactions between these individuals, and the terrible ends that befell so many of them, make Henry VIII: The King and His Court an absolutely spellbinding read.

Meticulous in historic detail, narrated with high style and grand drama, Alison Weir brilliantly brings to life the king, the court, and the fascinating men and women who vied for its pleasures and rewards.

NOTE: This edition does not contain illustrations.
  

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Very well researched. - Goodreads
Weir's writing is far from perfect. - Goodreads
Good overview of the man. - Goodreads
A well researched and balanced account of Henry's life. - Goodreads
It is a flattering portrayal. - Goodreads
Long, but a well researched book. - Goodreads

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User Review  - CS Burrough - Goodreads

I love most of Alison Weir's work and this is no exception. The research is astonishing. The clothes, décor and meals of England's infamous catalyst-king of the reformation, his court and his six ... Read full review

Review: Henry VIII: The King and His Court

User Review  - Nola - Goodreads

As usual, I would file this Alison Weir book closer to a 3.5 than a 4, but she benefits from rounding. This books is not for you if: You want broad swaths of the history of Henry's reign You want to ... Read full review

Contents

The Holy Innocent
143
Graceless Dogholes
157
That Thin Old Wo111an
353
Bound to Obey and Serve
375
The Most joyful News
390
5 The Very Pearl of the Realm
405
54 Displeasant Airs 4
419
Is Not the Queen Abed Yet?
437
5 The Good Expectations of the Kings Majesty 45
468
The Rarest Man That Lived in His Time
495
77
507
95
531
Notes and References
540
List of Illustrations
617
A Readers Guide
633
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About the author (2007)

Alison Weir is the author of Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, The Princes in the Tower, The Wars of the Roses, The Children of Henry VIII, The Life of Elizabeth I, and Eleanor of Aquitaine. She lives outside London with her husband and two children.


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