1536: The Year That Changed Henry VIII (Paperback)
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DescriptionOne 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.
- Published: 21 April 2010
- Format: Paperback 240 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780745953328 ISBN 10: 0745953328
- Sales rank: 217,676
Reviews for 1536
A Pivotal Year
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? by Judith Loriente