The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers by Margaret GeorgeThis is the story of Englands most famous, and notorious, king.
Henry was a charismatic, ardent - and brash - young lover who married six times; a scholar with a deep love of poetry and music; an energetic hunter who loved the outdoors; a monarch whose lack of a male heir haunted him incessantly; and a ruthless leader who would stop at nothing to achieve his desires. His monumental decision to split from Rome and the Catholic Church was one that would forever shape the religious and political landscape of Britain.
Combining magnificent storytelling with an extraordinary grasp of the pleasures and perils of power, Margaret George delivers a vivid portrait of Henry VIII and Tudor England and the powerhouse of players on its stage: Thomas Cromwell, Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas More and Anne Boleyn. It is also a narrative told from an original perspective: Margaret George writes from the Kings point of view, injecting irreverent comments from Will Somers - Henrys jester and confidant.
Was Henry VIII a Good or Bad King?
This is the cartoon Henry of legend, a Henry who doesn't do the real king justice. He was, in fact, one of the most cultured and sophisticated monarchs ever to sit on the throne. His enthusiastic patronage of the arts in England, and serious passion for music, painting and poetry, helped drag our country into a new age of creativity. A true Renaissance man, Henry was described by one contemporary, Lord Mountjoy, in the most glowing terms. David Starkey, author of Henry: Virtuous Prince, puts things in equally strong terms.
Even after the newly-formed Church of England granted Henry VIII his annulment, Catherine of Aragon remained faithful to her former spouse, in part to secure the interests of their daughter, the future Mary I. Considered by many to be among the most handsome rulers of his era, Henry VIII was always larger-than-life—he was well over 6 feet tall. But he only grew in girth after a jousting accident left him less and less able to exercise. In truth, though, Henry VIII was by far the bloodiest Tudor ruler, ordering tens of thousands of executions during the tumult of the English Reformation. Years before his death, Henry VIII made plans to build a monumental tomb for himself and Jane Seymour, his favorite queen and the mother of his only surviving male heir. Henry confiscated a black marble sarcophagus originally intended for the powerful churchman Cardinal Wolsey to be used at the center of the tomb, but during the tumultuous years after his death in , the monument was never completed. Instead, Henry and Jane were left to rest in peace in what were supposed to be temporary lodgings in a crypt at Windsor Castle.
Marie Swan , Updated August 31, The subject of countless stories, TV programs, and movies, Henry VIII is most famous for being hugely fat, having a fixation with beheadings , and for having no fewer than six wives during the course of his nearly year reign. However, it might surprise you to learn that there was a lot more to this Tudor king than meets the eye. Henry VIII did a lot more during his reign than order executions and gain weight. Here, we look at ten amazing things that we bet you were never told about this much-married monarch. All of the portraits that we see today of King Henry usually show him as a massively overweight old man with a beard.
There is certainly much to be learned about this historically important figure. Without further ado, here are 30 interesting facts about the man. One died, one survived, Two divorced, two beheaded. His longest marriage was to Catherine of Arahttgon, lasting nearly 24 years. This is longer than all five of his other marriages combined.
When the pope wouldn't annul his first marriage so that Henry could wed again, he took matters into his own hands. When Henry ascended to the throne, he seems to have followed a philosophy of working to live, not living to work. Once he was out of bed, he preferred hunting or hawking over the business of governing. When his outdoor activities ended, Henry could find time to meet some of his obligations, but work had to be completed quickly — his nights were usually filled with dancing, gambling or playing cards. But while ruling the land, he also made sure to enjoy himself. This 30,word text became a best-seller.