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Henry VIII: Court, Church and Conflict [Paperback]

David Loades


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11 Feb 2009
"Henry VIII" focuses on the fluctuating, often fraught relationship between the king and his court, his Church and his people - and with the other powers of continental Europe. It shows how Henry manipulated key players such as Wolsey, Cromwell, Fisher and More, and how his royal image was shaped over decades of change. It also probes the intriguing nature of the man behind the monarch - his passions, pleasure and complex religious beliefs. Leading Tudor historian David Loades explores the expectations that contemporaries had of the Renaissance prince who ascended the throne and the England that the young king inherited. He considers Henry's rich and varied reign in detail, revealing his role in court, in wars, law enforcement, rebellions and the problem of Ireland.


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'a model of writing for a wide audience without distorting or dumbing down' BBC History magazine

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David Loades is Professor Emeritus of the University of Wales and an Associate of the Centre for Early Modern History at the University of Oxford. A leading historian on Tudor England, his recent books include Princes of Wales:Royal heirs in waiting, The Cecils: Privilege and power behind the throne and Mary Tudor: The tragical history of the first queen of England ( all published by The National Archives).

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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterwork of historical scholarship 13 Oct 2009
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He began as the a quintessential prince of the realm, the embodiment of what a future king should be -- athletic, handsome, articulate, courageous, devout, fun loving, charismatic, and intelligent. He ended his royal career as obese, vindictive, self-centered, feared, devious, cruel, and capricious. Along the way he forever altered England and the lives of its nobility and commoners alike. His fame and his infamy are simply legendary in their scope. It is also the subject matter in "Henry VIII: Court, Church, and Conflict" by historian and Tudor era authority David Loades (Professor Emeritus, University of Wales, and Associate of the Centre for Early Modern History, University of Oxford). Informed, informative, insightful, and a masterwork of historical scholarship, "Henry VII" is a fascinating and thoughtful descriptive analysis that is a welcome addition to community and academic library English History collections, and especially recommended reading to students of the Tudor era in general, and the reign of Henry VIII in particular.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Topical History of Henry VIII 30 Aug 2010
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I found this book to be very interesting but slightly disjointed in that the author treated Henry's reign topically instead of cronologically. It could be that I've become addicted to cronological reviews, but the inevidable rehash of past events made me give the book a "4" instead of a "5." Otherwise, it was well documented and a fairly quick read.
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