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Henry VIII (Routledge Historical Biographies) Hardcover – September 24, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0415339964 ISBN-10: 0415339960 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Routledge Historical Biographies
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (September 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415339960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415339964
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,584,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘As a primer in the key developments and personalities of the period … the book works excellently. As well as providing a reliable, conventional narrative … there are useful digressions into everything from Tudor food to Tudor climate. Most winningly of all, the book recognises that the central interpretative challenge for anyone writing about Henry is to explain how he mutated from a learned, attractive, doted-upon young king into someone regarded by many of his subjects - and many modern historians - as little more than a tyrant…’The Tablet

‘Lucy Wooding’s readable one-volume study comprehensively updates J.J. Scarisbrick’s classic 1968 biography and deftly charts a middle way through ongoing controversies. Unlike some other discussions of the king, it gives due weight to the years 1509-1525.’History Review

‘Lucy Wooding covers the whole reign, necessarily drawing on others’ work, expounding and reviewing it in a way that students will greet with joy. A long afternoon in the company of her book, deftly used, will give them an air of easy familiarity with the great debates of the past few decades … She takes her own line at every point, formulates her judgments in fluent and pointed prose, and illustrates her case liberally with quotations from chronicles, letters and formularies of faith.’Times Literary Supplement

‘It deserves a high ranking in any reading list for a study of Henry’s reign. If you are looking for a detailed, scholarly account of the king, and one which is very readable, then this is a great place to turn … Wooding’s ability to delineate Henry’s complex character makes this an extremely worthwhile read.’SATH History Teaching Review

About the Author

Lucy Wooding is a Lecturer in Early Modern History at King’s College, London. Her research interests lie in the political, religious and cultural history of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, in particular the history of the Reformation. She is the author of Rethinking Catholicism in Reformation England (2000).

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This is a clear, concise and readable history of the reign of Henry VIII. The author may sacrifice a bit in the way of detail, and she barely treats the context of contemporaneous European history in which Henry VIII was situated, but these decisions help to keep the topic manageable. Like most historical overviews, the writing is not exactly elegant or riveting, but it is certainly a cut above the average textbook and some sections are quite interesting. Overall, this is a good survey of the major conflicts and themes of Henry's long and colorful reign. It should be useful to anyone looking for an academic (rather than popular) biography.
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