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THUMPING GOOD READ!
on 11 October 2010
With 'The Tudors' bringing the life of Henry the 8th to a wider audience on TV, (whilst at the same time causing my historian brother to beat his head against the table!!!) and the excellent 'Wolf Hall' winning both critical and reader aclaim, there is much interest in the larger than life monarch and this book is a joy for anyone interested to learn more.
Crammed with historical fact, the author gives a fresh take on the best known English Monarch by penning his 'journal' and the research, writing style and pace make this a delight from start to finish.
At just over 900 pages it IS a 'big read' so some may wish to do as I did, and take a pause 'between wives' - although you get so gripped it is not always easy. I took time to read something different after the death of Ann Boylen, and likewise when Catherine Howard first appeared - but although I enjoyed the crime fiction I chose, I was longing to get back to Henry and his court. From the Cloth of Gold meeting with the French king to the loss of the Mary Rose, facts are wonderfully presented in a very human story of a flawed, but essentially powerful and well meaning King.
The King's fool, Will Somers, adds comments of his own to his masters 'journal' so that a rounder picture of events is made available.
This is an excellent book and a must for fans of historic novels.