This magnificent biography of Henry VIII is set against the cultural, social and political background of his court - the most spectacular court ever seen in England - and the splendour of his many sumptuous palaces.
An entertaining narrative packed with colourful description and a wealth of anecdotal evidence, but a comprehensive analytical study of the development of both monarch and court during a crucial period in English history.
As well as challenging some recent theories, it offers controversial new conclusions based on contemporary evidence that has until now been overlooked.
This is a triumph of historical writing which will appeal equally to the general reader and the serious historian.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 656 pages, Illustrations (chiefly col.)
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 18/09/2008
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780099532422