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1536: The Year That Changed Henry VIII

1536: The Year That Changed Henry VIII

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By (author) Suzannah Lipscomb

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  • Publisher: Lion Books
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 14mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 21 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0745953328
  • ISBN 13: 9780745953328
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 8pp b/w plate section
  • Sales rank: 275,852

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One of the best-known figures of British history, collective memory of Henry VIII presents us with the image of a corpulent, covetous, and cunning king whose appetite for worldly goods met few parallels, whose wives met infamously premature ends, and whose religion was ever political in intent. 1536 - focusing on a pivotal year in the life of the King - reveals a fuller portrait of this complex monarch, detailing the finer shades of humanity that have so long been overlooked. We discover that in 1536 Henry met many failures - physical, personal, and political - and emerged from them a revolutionary new king who proceeded to transform a nation and reform a religion. A compelling story, the effects of which are still with us today, 1536 shows what a profound difference can be made merely by changing the heart of a king.

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Dr Suzannah Lipscomb is an historian, author, broadcaster and award-winning academic. She is Senior Lecturer and Convenor for History at New College of the Humanities. Suzannah is the author of a number of books including 1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII. Suzannah's TV work includes: presenting Bloody Tales of the Tower (NatGeo), The Book Show, Secret Lives (History, Canada) and Inside the World of Henry VIII (History, UK), plus appearances on The One Show , The Great British Weather Show , GMTV, Museum Secrets (History, Canada), Martyrs for the Book (PBS), BBC News, ITV London and Globo-TV. As a royal historian, she commentated live from a studio at Buckingham Palace on the Royal Wedding for CTV. She regularly appears on Time Team (Season 20, Channel 4) and Sky News Sunrise reviewing the papers. A second series of Bloody Tales for NatGeo and a history programme for BBC4 have been commissioned for 2013. Suzannah's radio work includes presenting BBC Radio 3's The Essay, presenter's friend on BBC Radio 5 Live and LBC, and appearances on BBC Radio 4's The Today Programme and Six O'Clock News, BBC Radio 5 Live, LBC, NPR and many local radio stations. Her journalism has appeared in The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, BBC History Magazine and History Today. Suzannah has a double first in BA History and M.St. in Historical Research from Lincoln College, Oxford and D.Phil. in History from Balliol College, Oxford, where she was a Jowett Senior Scholar. Her previous positions include Royal Historical Society Marshall Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research and Research Curator at Hampton Court Palace. Suzannah continues to hold a post as Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia. She is a consultant to Historic Royal Palaces and a School Governor at Epsom College. For further details of Suzannah's education and career, visit her website: http://suzannahlipscomb.com.

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By Judith Loriente 24 Feb 2010 5

This is a highly readable, insightful and intelligent book. Although Lipscomb is putting forward a theory - that the chaotic year of 1536 permanently changed Henry VIII - she doesn't just state her opinion, but rather, continually explains upon what facts her theory is based. She also takes an unprejudiced look at some things that have previously been taken for granted - for instance, that Anne Boleyn miscarried in mid-1534, several months after she had been reported to have "a goodly belly". Though this pregnancy did not end in a child, Lipscomb finds no specific report of a miscarriage, and suggests that it could have been "pseudocyesis or phantom pregnancy", a theory previously put forward in 1984. Lipscomb also goes into a brief but thorough analysis of the various theories for Anne's downfall, ultimately reaching a conclusion a little different from the usual ones. Henry VIII's religion, the English Reformation, the Pilgrimage of Grace and other events of 1536 are investigated, culminating in Lipscomb's answer to her great question: did 1536 turn Henry VIII into a tyrant?