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The Last Days of Henry VIII: Conspiracies, Treason and Heresy at the Court of the Dying Tyrant



By: Robert Hutchinson(Author)

Language: English

Genre: Biography

Publisher: William Morrow & Company; 1st edition (Sept. 2005)

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The original title of the book: The Last Days of Henry VIII: Conspiracies, Treason and Heresy at the Court of the Dying Tyrant

THE LAST DAYS OF HENRY VIII is a page-turning story of the murderous conspiracies at the Tudor court. And it announces the arrival of a major new talent in popular historical narrative. If you enjoyed Sebag Montefiore's STALIN, you will relish the grisly tale of England's most despotic ruler.
Robert Hutchinson captures the terrifying world of his court, where even the most powerful men in the land could be brought down overnight. Henry VIII pioneered the modern show trial: cynical propaganda exercises in which the victims were condemned before the proceedings even opened.
Henry VIII 'has no respect or fear of anyone in this world', wrote the Spanish ambassador to his court. He ruled England with Stalinist ruthlessness, executing (at a conservative estimate) 150,000 people from a population of less than 3 million souls. But after 35 years in power, he was a bloated, hideously obese, black-humoured old man, rarely seen in public. He had striven all his life to ensure the survival of his dynasty by siring legitimate sons, yet his only male heir was eight-year-old Prince Edward. It was increasingly obvious that when Henry died, real power in England would be exercised by a regent. The prospect of that prize spurred the rival court factions into deadly conflict.
Aimed at the developing 'court intrigue' genre of popular history narratives, this is an easy read like John Guy's MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS or David Starkey's recent biographies. However, Robert Hutchinson has spent several years in original archival research. He advances a genuinely new theory of Henry's medical history and the cause of his death; he has unearthed some fabulous eyewitness material and papers from death warrants, confessions and even love letters between Katherine Parr and the Lord High Admiral.

The idea of looking in depth at the 1540s is terrific... genuinely original... fresh and interesting... (THE SUNDAY TIMES)... the scholarship of this book is meticulous... Hutchinson brilliantly conveys the atmosphere of terror... a gripping narrative... Hutchinson provides an across-the-spectrum grand slam portrait of the second Tudor monarch. No one writing about Henry VIII in the future will be able to ignore this magnificent book. (Frank McLynn DAILY EXPRESS)Htuchinson's narrative, level-headed and carefully researched... enjoyable. (SPECTATOR)gripping... This is a scholarly but racy account focusing on the final four years of Henry's long reign. (THE FIELD)This book may be called biograpical history at its best... the corruption it portrays still has the power to shock. (CONTEMPORARY REVIEW) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By Monica on 29 July 2010

    This is an account of Henry VIII's last years rather than his last days. It is very well-written and I think I'll buy more of his work after this. It's a section of Henry VIII's reign that hasn't had so much attention. It does skip about a bit chronilogically, and so was slightly confusing at times, but was an excellent and detailed portrait of Henry's personal and political life in the 1540s.

  • By Victoria C on 22 May 2005

    I bought this book because most other books on Henry VIII concentrate on his earlier years and in particular the Anne Boleyn era. If however you want to know more about his relationship with Katherine Parr and how his thoughts and actions had changed in his last years and the possible reasons for those changes, then read this book!Although the early parts of his life and former five wives are mentioned, the main detail of this book is the era of about 1543-47. It provides some wonderful insights on how Katherine Parr dealt with such an infamous husband, and managed to bring all the family(various half-siblings) together in Henry's last years....in particular forming a close bond with the future Edward VI, and Elizabeth I.There is a lot of information on the politics of the court over those last few years, and perhaps some of the most interesting details are theories on the health of the king. Some new and very convincing arguments are written about the illnesses of Henry.This is the first book on Henry VIII where as a reader I have felt most close to knowing the man's character. It is very hard not to feel a certain amount of sympathy for him after reading this book, in spite of all his cruel and tyrannical acts of so called justice. There are fascinating details about the king's various Wills and ultimately what happened upon his death, and his funeral, which are often left out of other books.In conclusion, if you like this period of history and want to know more about the later years of Henry, then buy this book, you won't be disappointed. 5 stars!!

  • By Barbara Massey on 1 March 2013

    Excellentt purchase. thank you My husband was very pleased with the purchase. it was in excellent condition thank you very much

  • By Joseph Fletcher on 13 June 2015

    Full of very interesting information and details, a good read,

  • By Peter Wright on 10 January 2016

    Excellent value and very speedy service!

  • By Kilgetty on 3 October 2016

    Great book, full of the right information.

  • By StevenMyatt on 28 November 2016

    Very happy. Great book, good price, fast delivery.

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