Henry VIII - Tudor Serial Killer: His Victims and Their Stories Paperback – 6 Nov 2014
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More disturbing for me as a Historian, is the rather outdated view that Batten gives on the people involved in this period, with the author describing More "a man of his times", yet Cromwell "a thug". This does the book, and both More and Cromwell a disservice. Cromwell was ahead of his time, and working class, which upset the English aristocracy who worked towards his downfall. More? He came from the aristocracy of course, and frankly, given the opportunity, would happily have sent every heretic in England to the stake and still found time for supper.
Anyway, if it raises interest in History then it is all good. But to understand a full picture, you really need to read this alongside some peer reviewed texts that follow up to date opinions and research on the period.
Having said that, there a few things the author said I don't agree with. I'm all for the right of indpendence and self deterimnation and not being dominated by a large next door neighbour like Russia which is currently doing with Ukraine. But independence should not come at any price. The Catholic Church was and still is today, an international organisation but headed by one man - the Pope, unlike other international religions like Judasiam, Islam and Christian Orthodoxy which does not have heads residing in one particular place like the Vatican. That might have been part of the problem . However, the best way to achieve independence from the Pope could have been the seperation of Church and State and that could have been achieved by one Act of Parliament. Tthe French Revolitionaries got it right there except like Henry VIII, they used violence to achieve their ends. But unlike England, France beame a secular state while the majority of it's citizens remained Catholic save a Calvinist minority.
I don't agree that it's treason to take your case to the European Court of Human Rights. To make it so on par with passing secrets to the Russians is ludicrous. But If you are interested in the magnitude of Henry VIII's tyranny towards his subjects, then this is the book for you