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The Man on a Donkey: A Powerful Novel of England in the Reign of Henry VIII Paperback – October 1, 2002


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  • Series: Phoenix Press
  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842126032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842126035
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,680,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

H F M Prescott was born in Cheshire. She read Modern History at Oxford and later received MA degrees there and at Manchester, as well as an honorary doctorate at Durham. She is best known for her historical novel THE MAN ON A DONKEY and her biography of Mary Tudor which won the James Tait Black Prize in 1941. The daughter of a clergyman, she was a committed member of the church of England, and her wide-ranging interests included travel and a deep love of the English countryside that lasted all her life. She died in 1972.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By P. Smith on December 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
If this is not the best historical novel ever written it is surely on the short list of contenders for that honor. It presents a broad panorama of Tudor England at the time when Henry VIII was breaking with the Catholic Church. Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's daughter Mary, Cromwell, and other very well known historical personages make appearances. The central character however is Robert Aske, leader of the Pilgrimage of Grace, the rebellion which aimed to preserve the old religion. The young girl who loves him, nuns, priests, and noblemen all play a part in the story, and all come alive. The depth of the theme, historical accuracy, and beauty of the writing far surpass what can be found in most of the many novels written about this period. This is a wonderful, profoundly moving book. It deserves a much wider audience.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vykyng on May 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was assigned this book in a college course: Literature through history. It was my favorite book of the course. I was impressed with how well the author writes. It's been years since I read it but the writing seemed so sharp and clear.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blue Ridge Patriot on September 27, 2013
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Seldom does such original, compelling prose make its appearance in our own day. Most "long" books get tedious before the end, but with this one, I am grateful that it's not over yet!

The deeper soul is so well observed, and yet delicately and realistically. This is fiction as reality at its best.
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