Young Henry : The Rise of Henry VIII
Compelling account of the first 35 years of a magnificent and ruthless monarch.Henry became the unexpected heir to the precarious Tudor throne in 1502, after his elder brother Arthur died. He also inherited both his brother's wardrobe and his wife, the Spanish princess Katherine of Aragon. He became king in April 1509 with many personality traits inherited from his father - the love of magnificence, the rituals of kingship, the excitement of hunting and gambling and the construction of grand new palaces. After those early glory days of feasting, fun and frolic, the continuing lack of a male Tudor heir runs like a thin line of poison through Henry's reign. After he fell in love with Anne Boleyn, he gambled everything on her providing him with a son and heir. From that day forward everything changed.Based on contemporary accounts, Young Henry provides a compelling vision of the splendours, intrigues and tragedies of the royal court, presided over by the ruthless and insecure Henry VIII. With his customary scholarship and narrative verve, Robert Hutchinson provides fresh insights into what drove England's most famous monarch, and how this happy, playful Renaissance prince was transformed into the tyrant of his later years.
- Paperback | 288 pages
- 128 x 196 x 28mm | 281.23g
- 05 Jan 2012
- Orion Publishing Co
- WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
- London, United Kingdom
- UK ed.
An extremely readable account of the making of Henry V111. * Good Book Guide * Based on contemporary accounts, Young Henry provides an interesting portrait of the culture that shaped one of the most fascinating Kings of England. -- Derrick Smith * South Wales Argus * This revealing account, based on cnotemporary evidence, brings to life the splendour, intrigue and tragedies of the royal court... * HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER *
About Robert Hutchinson
Robert Hutchinson is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and the author of THE LAST DAYS OF HENRY VIII, ELIZABETH'S SPYMASTER, THOMAS CROMWELL, HOUSE OF TREASON, YOUNG HENRY, THE SPANISH ARMADA and THE AUDACIOUS CRIMES OF COLONEL BLOOD. He was Defence Correspondent for the Press Association before moving to Jane's Information Group to launch JANE'S DEFENCE WEEKLY. He has a doctorate from the University of Sussex, and was appointed OBE in the 2008 Honours List.
This revealing account, based on cnotemporary evidence, brings to life the splendour, intrigue and tragedies of the royal court... HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER 20120114