Henry VIII

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University of California Press, 1968 - Biography & Autobiography - 561 pages
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Henry VIII's forceful personality dominated his age and continues to fascinate our own. In few other reigns have there been developments of such magnitude--in politics, foreign relations, religion, and society--that have so radically affected succeeding generations. Above all the English Reformation and the break with Rome are still felt more than four centuries on.First published in 1968, J. J. Scarisbrick's "Henry VIII" remains the standard account, a thorough exploration of the documentary sources, stylishly written and highly readable. In an updated foreword, Professor Scarisbrick takes stock of subsequent research and places his classic account within the context of recent publications."It is the magisterial quality of J.J. Scarisbrick's work that has enabled it to hold the field for so long."--Steve Gunn, "Times Literary Supplement"
 

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User Review  - baswood - LibraryThing

Maybe Henry was no more unaware and irresponsible than many Kings have been; but rarely, if ever, have the unawareness and irresponsibility of a king proved more costly of material benefits to his ... Read full review

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User Review  - carterchristian1 - LibraryThing

An excellent biography and analysis of the role of the king of England in the complex environment of the times. The author makes it very clear that Henry was bright, as a young man beautiful ... Read full review

Contents

Preface page xi
vii
The Renewal of the Hundred Years War
21
The Coming of Wolsey
41
The Quest for Peace
67
The Virtuous Prince
97
The Repudiation of the Habsburgs
135
The Canon Law of the Divorce
163
The Struggle for the Divorce
198
The Campaign against the Church
241
England and Europe 1537 to 1540
355
The Royal Supremacy and Theology
384
The Return to War
424
The Last Months
458
Henry the King
498
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