I understand why one history professor called this "the fullest and best scholarly biography." Scarisbrick covers in-depth the man and his time, offering detailed explorations of foreign ventures, the divorce case, the anticlericalism that motivated the Reformation Parliament, and the Pilgrimage of Grace, to name a few of the events covered. The wealth of information and analysis is formidable, if sometimes a little tedious, such as the entire chapter devoted to the Royal Supremacy, but one comes away with a solid understanding of these significant matters of Henry's reign. Scarisbrick mentions the wives, but does not focus on them to any great extent, so readers primarily interested in the women will need to look elsewhere. Scarisbrick writes in an engaging style, offers comment on the theories of other Tudor scholars, and presents his own views with credibility. As a professional historian, Scarisbrick critically evaluates his sources, considering context, custom, bias, and motives, so the information presented is reliable. Footnotes appear at the bottom of the page rather than at the end of each chapter or the back of the book, making reference convenient.
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the Tudors.