Young Henry: The Rise of Henry VIII

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Macmillan, Oct 30, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 356 pages
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Set during the same years of Henry VIII's life as The Tudors, this book charts his rise as a magnificent and ruthless monarch

Immortalized as a domineering king, notorious philanderer, and the unlikely benefactor of a new church, Henry VIII became a legend during his own reign. Who, though, was the young royal who would grow up to become England's most infamous ruler? Robert Hutchinson's Young Henry examines Henry Tudor's childhood beginnings and subsequent rise to power in the most intimate retelling of his early life to date.

While Henry's elder brother Arthur was scrupulously groomed for the crown by their autocratic father, the ten-year-old "spare heir" enjoyed a more carefree childhood, given prestige and power without the looming pressures of the throne. Everything changed for the young prince, though, when his brother died. Henry was nine weeks shy of his eighteenth birthday when he inherited both his brother's widow and the crown.

As King, Henry preferred magnificence and merriment to his royal responsibilities, sweeping away the musty cobwebs of his father's court with feasting, dancing, and sport. Frustrated, too, by the seeming inability of his wife, Katherine of Aragon, to produce an heir, Henry turned his attention to a prospective second queen whose name would endure as long as his: Anne Boleyn. With the king still lacking a successor by the age of 35, however, the time for youthful frolic had come to an end.

Divorcing his wife and the Catholic Church, executing his lover and his violent will, Henry charged forward on a scandalous path of terrifying self-indulgence from which there was no turning back. Young Henry is an illuminating portrait of this tyrannical yet groundbreaking king--before he transformed his country, and the face of the monarchy, irrevocably.

  

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User Review  - Lizzie Bissett - Goodreads

Easy to read biography and up to date findings. I've read quite a few books about Henry VIII but this is by far the best on his early years. Read full review

Review: Young Henry: The Rise of Henry VIII

User Review  - Goodreads

Easy to read biography and up to date findings. I've read quite a few books about Henry VIII but this is by far the best on his early years. Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
1 In My Brothers Shadow
11
2 The Spare Heir
35
3 Prince of Wales
57
4 King in Waiting
77
5 Vivat Rex
101
6 A Golden World
129
7 The Pursuit of Military Glory
155
9 The Kings Scrupulous Conscience
217
Epilogue
251
Chronology
255
Dramatis Personae
261
Notes
273
Bibliography
323
Index
339
Copyright

8 Home and Abroad
185

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About the author (2012)

ROBERT HUTCHINSON is a historian, archaeologist, and broadcast journalist, most recently chairing the media division of Britain’s Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee. Hutchinson has written several books on the history of the Tudors, including Last Days of Henry VIII, Elizabeth’s Spymaster, and Thomas Cromwell: The Rise and Fall of Henry VIII’s Most Notorious Minister, as well as contributing to The History Channel’s Inside the Body of Henry VIII. He lives in England.

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