Henry VIII: Man and MonarchPaperback
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- Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 229mm x 287mm x 28mm | 1,633g
- Publication date: 15 July 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0712350268
- ISBN 13: 9780712350266
- Edition: 1
- Illustrations note: 250 colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 214,038
This is an important new book published to accompany a major new British Library Exhibition, Henry VIII: Man and Monarch (22nd April - 6 September 2009) and the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's accession to the throne. There is renewed public interest in Henry VIII due to 2009 being the 500th anniversary of his accession to the throne, plus several high profile publications and events. This book is co-edited and with contributions from David Starkey, the highly-regarded historian and author of many books on Tudor history, most recently "Henry: Virtuous Prince" (HaperPress 2008) and Dr Susan Doran (of the same team that produced the best selling Elizabeth I exhibition catalogue in 2003). The catalogue will be handsomely produced, including colour illustrations of all 250 exhibits, together with related material. More than a dozen notable scholars have contributed to it, including Eamon Duffy, James Carley, John Guy, Darmaid McCulloch and Eric Ives. A related 4-part series by David Starkey will be broadcast simultaneously on Channel 4.
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By Mark Thwaite 05 May 2009
Has there ever been a more notorious British monarch than Henry? 2009 marked the 500th anniversary of the many-wifed one's accession to the throne and with it -- published to accompany a major exhibition at the British Library -- comes this chunky, fully illustrated and very beautiful catalogue.
Anyone who has read e.g. David Starkey's Henry: Virtuous Prince will know that he, like all good historians, makes full use of all the archival material that is available concerning Henry and his times to make that era of our history come fully alive. Without a good archive to draw from, history is little more than guesswork.
With Henry VIII: Man and Monarch keen armchair historians can see the Britsh Library's Henry archive for themselves. Starkey introduces us to Henry, the monarch and the man, contextualises his reign, and then each section of the book is itself introduced by another leading Reformation scholar. This sumptuously illustrated book contains reproductions of contemporary drawings, paintings, letters and other key 15th and 16th Century documents all of which build to bring Henry and his court into vivid relief.
If you really want to know Henry, the virtuous Prince, the religious scholar and the tyrant, you could not do better than accompany a reading of Starkey's matchless Henry with this stunning catalogue.