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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (17 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300122713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300122718
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 5.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Big, erudite, trenchant and readable, this is a masterpiece drawing on decades of research and reflection, and a work of international scholarly importance."-Ralph Houlbrooke, University of Reading

About the Author

G.W. Bernard is professor of early modern history at the University of Southampton. His books include Power and Politics in Tudor England.


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This is not a light or easy read and there is an assumption that the reader comes with a fairly extensive prior knowledge of the subject (I am afraid I let the author down in this respect). However, it is wonderful to see that perhaps Henry was not an air head ruled from his pantaloons, falling in love like a puppy dog for every bit of skirt. Instead he is shown to be a manipulative and sinister character with very cerebral imperatives - personally I found this both more credible and far more interesting.

I surprise myself in writing this, but actually I would have liked more about his wives, their politics and their religion. Catherine is discussed in some detail, but I found myself left curious about what were Anne Boleyn's views on the reformation. I'd also have liked to know a little bit about where her father actually stood in this matter.

It is worth the effort to read through and at the end you will have a warm glow of achievement and you will know a lot more about this well known but often over romanticized period of English history.
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This is a post-revisionist repost to the likes of Eamon Duffy, Ethan Shagan and Christopher Haigh who have all argued in recent years that the once-popular narrative that the English reformation was swift, virtuous, popular in the country, a peaceful rescuing by a courageous king from the shackles of Roman corruption, gratefully accepted by a spiritually imprisoned nation - is false in almost every respect. The English reformation, was, they variously contend, hugely unpopular in certain quarters, took a long time to become fully embedded, and was the work as much of those influential members of Henry's inner circle who could persuade the king to their point of view, as it was of the king himself

Bernard seeks to challenge the claims of these historians. Bernard argues that the Henrician reformation was not the epic rupture and break with the past described in Duffy's "The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England,1400-1580", but rather constituted a cautious and measured "middle way between Rome and Wittenberg, Rome and Zurich". Bernard argues that contrary to the claims of Haigh (as in his "English Reformations: Religion, Politics, and Society under the Tudors") that the reformation under Henry proceeded at a constant and steady pace, it did not flip-flop between more Catholic and more Protestant phases.
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The book arrived promptly and in the condition stated by the seller. I have not read much so far, but teh depth of knowledge and ideras of the author are astonishingly good and give a very broad coverage of all aspects, virtually, of the Reformation. As a clinician used to science texts and papers until recently, I do find the author's style a little verbose and the ideas a little difficult to follow, at times, in this book. Very well worth having and buying, though, overall.
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HASH(0x8c0a45f4) out of 5 stars A welcome change from the wave of over romanticised versions of Tudor history 7 Dec. 2013
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This is not a light or easy read and there is an assumption that the reader comes with a fairly extensive prior knowledge of the subject (I am afraid I let the author down in this respect). However, it is wonderful to see that perhaps Henry was not an air head ruled from his pantaloons, falling in love like a puppy dog for every bit of skirt. Instead he is shown to be a manipulative and sinister character with very cerebral imperatives - personally I found this both more credible and far more interesting.

I surprise myself in writing this, but actually I would have liked more about his wives, their politics and their religion. Catherine is discussed in some detail, but I found myself left curious about what were Anne Boleyn's views on the reformation. I'd also have liked to know a little bit about where her father actually stood in this matter.

It is worth the effort to read through and at the end you will have a warm glow of achievement and you will know a lot more about this well known but often over romanticized period of English history.
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HASH(0x8c0a4768) out of 5 stars Everyone's Favorite Monarch! 25 Jun. 2014
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Heavy in content but gives a clear picture of Henry VIII"s reign. The author's bias towards Henry VIII, overall his love for Tudor England, does not cloud the narrative prose as does some historical biographies. A great, intense and long read of everyone's favorite monarch.
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