Henry VIII: Court, Church and Conflict

Henry VIII: Court, Church and Conflict

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By (author) David Loades

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  • Publisher: The National Archives
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 24mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Richmond
  • ISBN 10: 1905615426
  • ISBN 13: 9781905615421
  • Illustrations note: 16 colour plates (30 colour illustrations)
  • Sales rank: 761,468

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"Henry VIII" focuses on the fluctuating, often fraught relationship between the king and his court, his Church and his people - and with the other powers of continental Europe. It shows how Henry manipulated key players such as Wolsey, Cromwell, Fisher and More, and how his royal image was shaped over decades of change. It also probes the intriguing nature of the man behind the monarch - his passions, pleasure and complex religious beliefs. Leading Tudor historian David Loades explores the expectations that contemporaries had of the Renaissance prince who ascended the throne and the England that the young king inherited. He considers Henry's rich and varied reign in detail, revealing his role in court, in wars, law enforcement, rebellions and the problem of Ireland.

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David Loades is Professor Emeritus of the University of Wales and an Associate of the Centre for Early Modern History at the University of Oxford. A leading historian on Tudor England, his recent books include Princes of Wales:Royal heirs in waiting, The Cecils: Privilege and power behind the throne and Mary Tudor: The tragical history of the first queen of England ( all published by The National Archives).

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By Judith Loriente 11 Jan 2010 4

Henry VIII: Court, Church and Conflict was one of the history highlights of 2009. It's made up of short, easily digestible chapters on various aspects of Henry's life and reign: his court, his wars, his matrimonial adventures, his laws, his government, his enemies, his governance of Ireland and his religion. There's nothing exceptionally groundbreaking about the information, but it's very well written, clearly expressed and - importantly, to those weary of too many sloppily-researched, factual-error-laden works of popular history - almost entirely reliable (aside from a few minor slip-ups about dates and ages). I had previously read one of David Loades' books, his biography of Bloody Mary, which - not without reason - seems to be accepted as the best study of her. After Henry VIII: Court, Church and Conflict, I'll definitely be reading more of his works.

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'a model of writing for a wide audience without distorting or dumbing down' BBC History magazine

Table of contents

Preface: 1 The Renaissance Prince; 2 The King's Court; 1 The King at War; 4 The King's Great Matter; 5 The King's Laws; 6 The King's Government; 7 The King's Enemies; 8 The King's Other Island; 9 The King's Religion; 10 The King's Last Years; Notes on the text; Further Reading; Index