Henry: Virtuous Prince

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HarperCollins Publishers, Dec 4, 2008 - History - 400 pages
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Bestselling royal historian David Starkey’s captivating biography is a radical re-evaluation of Henry VIII, the British monarchy’s most enduring icon.

Larger than life in every sense, Henry VIII was Britain’s most absolute monarch – but he was not born to rule. In this brilliantly readable history, David Starkey follows the promising young prince – a Renaissance man of exceptional musical and athletic talent – as he is thrust into the limelight after the death of his elder brother. His subsequent quest for fame was as obsessive as that of any modern celebrity, and his yearning for a male heir drove him into dangerous territory.

The culmination of a lifetime’s research, David Starkey’s biography is an unforgettable portrait of the man behind the controversies, the prince turned tyrant who continues to tower over history.

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User Review  - Elysianfield - LibraryThing

I like that the book concentrates in time before Henry became king or seeks divorce from Katherine. But I find his writing style annoying. It also made me think that does he think he's Henry or his best fiend? Read full review

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User Review  - PeterClack - LibraryThing

This is a stupendous biography of the most important Tudor king. We learn about his upbringing as the spare heir while his older brother Arthur was being groomed in how to administer the country. When ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

David Starkey is Honorary Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and the author of many books including 'Elizabeth’, ‘Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII' and 'Monarchy: England and Her Rulers from the Tudors to the Windsors'. He is a winner of the WH Smith Prize and the Norton Medlicott Medal for Services to History, presented by Britain's Historical Association. He is a well-known television and radio personality and was made a CBE in 2007. He lives in London.

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