The Reign of Henry VIII: Personalities and Politics

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Vintage, 2002 - Great Britain - 159 pages
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Henry VIII was almost never alone. He was surrounded, twenty-four hours a day, by the small group of intimates and personal attendants who made up the staff of his Privy Chamber. They organised his daily life, kept him amused and acted as the landline between the King and the formal machinery of government. These men, intermarried, interbred and close-knit even in their mutual feuding, were supremely well placed to rig politics and patronage for their own benefit. Their influence was important and sometimes decisive: factions in the Privy Chamber destroyed Anne Boleyn, they frustrated the 'Catholic' reaction of the 1540s, and, by doctoring Henry's will, prepared the way for the full-blooded Protestantism of his son's reign.

The Reign of Henry the VIII is not so much a book about Henry VIII. It is about the great game of politics over which he presided.

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Lots more information about King Henry and the Tudor dynasty Read full review

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User Review  - Rochelle - Goodreads

i liked this book but there were times when the writing was boring. if you know about Henry then nothing is boring. there were parts that dragged on. this book is written more like a history text not ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

David Starkey is an Honorary Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and the author of Elizabeth, Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII and Henry: Virtuous Prince. He is a winner of the Norton Medlicott Medal for Services to History, and of the WH Smith Prize. He is well-known for his historical television series focusing on the Tudors, monarchy and Britain, and for his radio appearances. Starkey was made a CBE in 2007 and lives in London.

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