"Starkey has the mind of an historian but the eye of a court painter" (Peter Ackroyd The Times
"To anyone who can savour the atmosphere of high politics, this book will make exciting reading" (Conrad Russell)
"Starkey's great innovation as a constitutional historian has been his readiness to take a closer look at the organisation of the early modern royal household" (Times Literary Supplement
"To anyone who savours the atmosphere of high politics, this book will make exciting reading" (Conrad Russell
"David Starkey brings to the task not only a mastery of institutional framework...but also skills in graphic delineation of character and an exuberant narrative panache" (R. A. Houlbrooke)
David Starkey's brilliant overview of the great game of politics, over which Henry VIII presided.