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Henry VIII

The Decline and Fall of a Tyrant

Robert Hutchinson

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A vivid and shocking account of the last years of terror at the court of the tyrant King Henry VIII.
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"a tribute to our better natures"

The Guardian

Henry VIII: The Decline and Fall of a Tyrant A01 By (author) N Robert Hutchinson 196 128 28 340 BC Paperback / softback 448 Weidenfeld & Nicolson Orion Publishing Co London United Kingdom HBJD1 British & Irish history HBLH Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700 BGH Biography: historical, political & military BGR Biography: royalty 1DBKE England 3JB c 1500 to c 1600 1.3 NHD DNBH DNBR European history Biography: historical, political & military Biography: royalty 1DDU-GB-E 3MDB England Early 16th century c 1500 to c 1550 A vivid and shocking account of the last years of terror at the court of the tyrant King Henry VIII. The Tudors retained only a precarious grip on the crown of England, founded on a title that was both tenuous and legally flimsy. This left them preoccupied by two major obsessions: the necessity for a crop of lusty male heirs to continue their bloodline, and the elimination of threats from those who had strong, if not superior, claims to the throne than them. None was cursed more by this rampant insecurity than Henry VIII. The king embodied not only the power and imperial majesty of the monarchy, but also England's stature and military might. His health always had huge political consequences at home and overseas - hence his unbridled hypochondria. Henry's last six years saw him embark on two marriages, brutal wars against Scotland and France and the devastating collapse of England's economy. Terror stalked his court, as factions plotted in the shadows behind the throne to snatch ascendancy in religion and political influence. Drawing on the latest historical and medical research, Robert Hutchinson reveals the extent to which the king also grappled with accelerating geriatric decay, made more acute by medical conditions that were not only painful but transformed the monarch into a 28-stone psychotic monster, suspicious of everyone around him, including those most dear to him. Vivid and shocking * The Bookseller * A sobering look at the real man beneath the Tudor propoganda * History Revealed * Robert Hutchinson is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and the author of THE LAST DAYS OF HENRY VIII, ELIZABETH'S SPYMASTER, THOMAS CROMWELL, HOUSE OF TREASON, YOUNG HENRY, THE SPANISH ARMADA and THE AUDACIOUS CRIMES OF COLONEL BLOOD. He was Defence Correspondent for the Press Association before moving to Jane's Information Group to launch JANE'S DEFENCE WEEKLY. He has a doctorate from the University of Sussex, and was appointed OBE in the 2008 Honours List. 14042020 02 RRP including tax GB GBP 10.99 0.00 10.99 This price includes a tax element GB 20 Available 40 ARGOSY BERT BKSPD GARD Y

The Tudors retained only a precarious grip on the crown of England, founded on a title that was both tenuous and legally flimsy. This left them preoccupied by two major obsessions: the necessity for a crop of lusty male heirs to continue their bloodline, and the elimination of threats from those who had strong, if not superior, claims to the throne than them.

None was cursed more by this rampant insecurity than Henry VIII. The king embodied not only the power and imperial majesty of the monarchy, but also England's stature and military might. His health always had huge political consequences at home and overseas - hence his unbridled hypochondria.

Henry's last six years saw him embark on two marriages, brutal wars against Scotland and France and the devastating collapse of England's economy. Terror stalked his court, as factions plotted in the shadows behind the throne to snatch ascendancy in religion and political influence.

Drawing on the latest historical and medical research, Robert Hutchinson reveals the extent to which the king also grappled with accelerating geriatric decay, made more acute by medical conditions that were not only painful but transformed the monarch into a 28-stone psychotic monster, suspicious of everyone around him, including those most dear to him.

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Book publisherOrion Publishing Co
Publication date16 Apr 2020
FormatPaperback
Pages448
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