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Henry VIII's Last Victim: The Life and Times of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey Paperback – 7 Feb 2008
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"Rarely have I felt so utterly captivated by a history book. It is stunning! Jessie Childs is a major new talent. She brings her characters to life so vividly, and the narrative just flows, packed with amazing detail. This, for me, is a surprisingly fresh view on a period with which I am very familiar." (Alison Weir)
"A truly superb biography." (A. N Wilson)
"Clatters along like an epic gangster movie... gripping." (Roger Lewis Daily Express)
"Jessie Childs is a rising star among historians. Just when we thought everything had been said about Henry VIII she makes us see him from a completely new angle - through the eyes of a poet aristocrat." (Desmond Seward)
"Childs's description of these complex manoeuvrings [at Henry's court], as of the French wars, is excellent...this book opens a fascinating window on the mid-Tudor world." (Guardian)
A biography of a Tudor maverick and poetic genius whose life - full of swashbuckling derring-do and courageous defiance - sheds new light on the reign and personality of Henry VIII.See all Product description
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This is the story of the short life of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, son of the country's leading nobleman, the Duke of Norfolk (who will be familiar from Wolf Hall to many readers). Surrey was an innovative poet, responsible for importing the sonnet and blank verse into the English language, a military commander, and, fatally, an arrogant and sometimes foolish courtier in the time of Henry VIII.
Jessie Childs' telling of his story can surely not be bettered. Whether writing about poetry, English or European politics, or the everyday life and mindset of a Tudor aristocrat (so utterly strange to us now), she is totally in command of her material, yet displays her formidable research with lightness and grace. She addresses all the questions the reader wants answered, and her attention to detail and nuance recreates the court of Henry VIII as vividly as any novelist, Mantel included. At the same time, she refuses to resort to speculation - often the fatal flaw of popular history of this sort - instead respecting the reader enough to understand that sources are often partial or contradictory.
I so enjoyed my time with this book, not just because Surrey's story is so gripping, but also because within moments, the author somehow transports the reader lock-stock-and-barrel to this strange and dangerous world. Without ever getting showy or advertising the fact, it's an extraordinarily skillful piece of writing.
If, like me, you enjoyed Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, then Henry VIII's Last Victim is a must read.
He comes across as an arrogant fool who did not know the meaning of discretion in a period where it was a necessary requirement for survival.
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