The Reign of Henry VIII: Personalities and Politics

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Vintage, 2002 - Great Britain - 159 pages
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 l540s, and, by doctoring Henry's will, prepared the way for the full-blooded Protestantism of his son's reign.

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Biographers have always found Henry VIII a controversial, albeit endlessly intriguing, character. This work, which is a radical departure from existing treatments in that it suggests that Henry was ... Read full review

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Dr David Starkey is a historian and broadcaster, and Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. In 2000 he presented the acclaimed Channel 4 series Elizabeth, and in 1998 he presented David Starkey's Henry VIII, also on Channel 4. He writes regularly for both popular newspapers and learned journals, and is a controversial panellist on Radio 4's The Moral Maze. An expert on constitutional history, he is the author of several other books on the Tudor period.

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