Graven with Diamonds: The Many Lives of Thomas Wyatt: Poet, Lover, Statesman, and Spy in the Court of Henry VIII

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Steerforth Press, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 378 pages
"In this thrillingly entertaining book, Nicola Shulman interweaves the bloody events of Henry VIII's reign with the story of English love poetry and the life of its first master, Henry VIII's most glamorous and enigmatic subject: Sir Thomas Wyatt. Learned divines despised it, sober heads ignored it, but for Henry, the beau ideal of chivalry, poetry made things happen. It affected his wars, his diplomacy and his many marriages. It was at the root of his fatal attraction to Anne Boleyn a source of her power and a means of her destruction. Poet, statesman, spy, lover of Ann Boleyn and favorite both of Henry VIII and his sinister minister Thomas Cromwell, the brilliant Wyatt was admired and envied in equal measure. His love poetry began a risqué entertainment for ambitious men and women at the slippery top of the court. But when the axe began to fall and Henry VIII's laws made his subjects go silent in terror, Wyatt's poetic skills became a way to survive. He saw that a love poem was a place where secrets could hide" -- Publisher's description.

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[Graven with Diamonds: The many lives of Thomas Wyatt: Courtier, Poet, Assassin, Spy] Sir Thomas Wyatt known today as one of the leading poets from the early Tudor period led a colourful life as can ... Read full review

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I originally was excited by this title, for I am a bit of a Tudor junkie, and find the machinations and intrigue of the court to be an interesting study of human behavior. To add in the poetry of ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Nicola Shulman is a writer and reviewer for publications including the Sunday Telegraph, The TLS and Harpers & Queen. She lives with her family in London and in Yorkshire. She previously published A Rage For Rock-Gardening: The Story of Reginald Farrer.

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