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The Autobiography Of Henry VIII

The Autobiography Of Henry VIII [Kindle Edition]

Margaret George
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"A remarkable achievement...Magnificently researched and admirably written." --"Mary Stewart" "Her novel is a...banquet feast for most readers...astonishing. There's rousing drama, robust atmosphere and consistently solid characterization; and finally, Margaret George's triumph is anchored in the urgent rhythm her writing attains." --"Forth Worth Star Telegram" "It doth brim with lust, violence, cruelty and living conservation...Margaret George has found a new and fresh way to tell the story. --"Detroit Free Press"

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This is the story of England’s most famous, and notorious, king. The facts of Henry VIII’s life and reign were more astonishing, poignant and outlandish than the plot twists of most fiction. Henry’s character was complex: he was a charismatic, ardent – and brash – young lover who married six times; a scholar with a deep love of poetry and music; an energetic hunter who loved the outdoors; a monarch whose lack of a male heir haunted him incessantly; and a ruthless leader who would stop at nothing to achieve his desires. His monumental decision to split from Rome and the Catholic Church was one that would forever shape the religious and political landscape of Britain. Combining magnificent storytelling with an extraordinary grasp of the pleasures and perils of power, Margaret George delivers a vivid portrait of Henry VIII and Tudor England and the powerhouse of players on its stage: Thomas Cromwell, Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas More and Anne Boleyn. It is also a narrative told from an original perspective: Margaret George writes from the King’s point of view, injecting irreverent comments from Will Somers – Henry’s jester and confidant.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1979 KB
  • Print Length: 948 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0330298739
  • Publisher: Pan; New Ed edition (12 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006L7RFXQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,112 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A total joy 17 Sep 2001
By A Customer
I have read this book 3 times now and I know I will read it again. It is totally gripping and the character portrayals of the King and his court are thoroughly convincing. Some of the most poignant moments made me want to weep, as when Henry hears of the death of Katherine of Aragon, and mourns her (and the boy he used to be), realising she was the "wife of his youth" and one of the last people who could remember him as a young king, full of good health and promise for the future. His agony when he discovers the adultery of Catherine Howard is equally moving. The court comes and goes (Wolsey, More,Brandon, Cromwell all have their moment and are gone) but Henry lingers on, the golden youth transformed into the sick old man. The book is historically accurate and sometimes unbearably moving. Ms George has done a stunning job in portraying our most famous, and yet perhaps little-understood monarch, not as a monster but as a charismatic and sometimes misguided human being.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern classic 25 July 1999
By A Customer
I would like to echo the other customer reviews I have read. Henry VIII becomes a complex and fascinating individual and the author keeps the writing fresh right up to the last page of a very long book.
It is the sort of book you can keep going back to, discovering new layers and nuances each time.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Henry from Henry`s point of view for a change! 8 Oct 2004
I am an avid reader, so for me to say that this is the best book I have ever read means it`s something special. It is sometimes difficult to remember that this is a novel rather than a genuine autobiography, the feel of the writing is so real. The historical detail is accurate, due no doubt to the huge amount of research carried out by the author, (over 300 books!). This book makes you consider the complicated life of Henry VIII from his point of view, rather from the point of view of a bystander, and makes you consider that the decisions he made in his life were perhaps more influenced by other people, (Wolsey, Cromwell for example), than first thought - `the power behind the throne` perhaps? The fact that this book is a little over 900 pages in length is another bonus. If, like me, you are a fast reader, sometimes the story is over almost before it has begun. In this case you have something to savour. I simply could not put it down, I read it at home, at the dentists, at the hospital and in the car while my husband was in a shop!. It takes you back to Tudor England and makes you want to stay! It is totally addictive! All in all a delightful book which is wonderful value for money. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'orrible 'enry - you decide? 23 Oct 2010
By Gella
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Definitely not! if you read this most incredible book! It is an absolute delight to read and I enjoyed all 932 pages! Being an avid reader of Tudor novels to say this book is 'in a class of it's own' is an understatement. It begins with Henry as a small child and progresses through his life - depicting episodes we know and also those we are not so familiar with. The book draws him as a complex character, an insecure child, a young prince who enjoys life as the 'spare' and then becomes the 'heir' marrying his brother Arthur's widow - and the rest is history!

Margaret George approaches, what is, one of the most written about periods in history from a different perspective and it is difficult at times to remember this is a novel. She brings to life one of the most colourful of kings from the young king whose obsession is procuring an heir, his exhausive travesty with the Church beginning with Anne Boleyn, a thread which continues throughout all his marriages and surfaces once again with his fifth wife, Catherine Howard who, like Anne Boleyn was reputed to have committed adulterous crimes and both met their fate on the executioner's block at Tower Green, his subsequent neglect of his daughters, the political skulduggery of the Tudor Court and his gradual 'decline' to the disease-ridden and rotund figure he eventually became.

The book is completely compelling and for any one wishing to read about Henry VIII this is an ideal book - and for those of us who are lovers of historical fiction it is a 'must' for the book collection!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Was he really this likable? 4 April 2002
By A Customer
This is a very engaging picture of a much caricatured man, but having been lead by Margaret George's work to read further on the period I've come to think that she is unnecessarily keen to bend the known facts to make Henry likable. Even given that the work is written from his point of view she appears to have left out known affairs and incidents that show him to be more complex and difficult as a character. Having said that, it is down to this author that I have been led to read further. The book is well researched and her Henry is flawed but human.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book of all time! 26 Dec 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
For a historical NOVEL the accuracy to history is pretty impressive. As long as people realise this is a NOVEL not a history book they will enjoy!

Margaret George is a historian and a wonderful writer which will take you on a faboulus journey through history and imagination, making this a fantastic novel based on historical fact.

I real joy to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful tale of Tudor times 3 April 2010
The autobiography of Henry VIII is a large book. A book to get your teeth into, a book which also get's its teeth into you. Most (I would think ) will have many preconceptions about Henry. In many cases these will be based on various sources, of varying degree's of authenticity. I would advise that however much you know about Henry and Tudor england and the history, cast this aside and do not read as a investigative historian would.

Rather, keep an open mind and enjoy the atmosphere evoked by the excellent writing and style of this book. All from Henry's point of view, baring the brief asides which are seen from the eyes of Will somers, Hals most irreverent friend and long time trusted sidekick. You find yourself looking forward to these, as they shed another type of light on the thought's of the king: taken as they are sometimes from without the bubble of being the king.

This book totally griped me from start to finish.I think I finished it in one night and all the next day till night time again. A long time to spend reading and it's been a long time since I did this kind of thing. (Lord of the rings I think was the last time, in my teen's ) After I had finished the book I felt dazed, like I had lived the highs and low's of Henry's turbulent life from the inside.You almost feel like you are a stranger to your own time if you read this is a few powerful sitings ( like I did ).

This is without a doubt my favorite book about this subject or time period. Mostly accurate historically though not totally. This will only annoy a serious Tudor buff if they do not like a great tale. If they do this will be forgiven at once, for a great tale is just what this is.

I heartily recommend this to anyone who like's this time period even a little, who wants to know about Henry VIII or who just wants a excellent and long story to sink into and enjoy. Great book!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not as good as her other works.
Published 18 days ago by JB Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent I was refreshing to read thr storey from Henry's ...
Excellent I was refreshing to read thr storey from Henry's point of view. I shall certainly read more of her work.
Published 25 days ago by Layla Hughes
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Exceptionally well writte novel written from an original perspective.
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So far as Ive got reading it Id say "Yes its an interesting book" The delivery was prompt and Id order again.
Published 1 month ago by MRS V F OTTO
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not what I would call an autobiography
Published 1 month ago by Terry Howgate
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Great book can't put it down!
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars love it gave me soooo much more than what history ...
love it gave me soooo much more than what history books and google gives you on henry so much I didn't know a great read well written and this was a second hand copy which was in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. V. Wilson
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Published 5 months ago by Dorothy
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
I love reading anything about the Tudors especially Henry 8th and this one lived up to expectations. This book always keeps your attention. Read more
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