BRIEF HISTORY OF HENRY VIII: Reformer and TyrantDEREK WILSON Book Number: 85225 Product format: Paperback
Was England's most famous king 'a fool, a liar and a damnable rotten worm?' Henry VIII changed the course of English life more than any monarch since the Norman Conquest. In the portraits of Holbein, Henry Tudor stands proud, as one of the most powerful figures in renaissance Europe, but is the noble stance a bluff? Acclaimed historian Derek Wilson explores the reality behind the image of the Tudor Lion. Henry VIII was the monarch who delivered the Reformation to England, yet it was Luther who described him as above. As a young man he gained a reputation as an intellectual and fair prince yet he ruled the nation like a tyrant, treating his subjects cruelly, just as he treated his wives. Jacob Burckhardt found him 'loutish and disgusting'. Charles Dickens was repelled by a man who was nothing more than 'a blot of blood and grease upon the history of England'. In our own day, Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch has not hesitated to compare the second Tudor to Joseph Stalin. Aggressive, macho, and definitely sexy, like him or loath him, there is absolutely no doubt that 'Bluff King Hal' remains everlastingly fascinating. 386pp in paperback, eight pages of illus.
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