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- Publisher: Ash Wood Press (January 9, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 9, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00902U3RO
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Sooner or later you start to feel as though you know the story every which way it can be told but this book delighted me by expanding both my factual knowledge and titillating me with its speculation about him suffering a kell positive blood type which lead to his heartbreaking struggle for heirs and his eventual descent into madness.
It was an incredibly gripping read and in my opinion something anyone interested in Henry VIII should read this book.
I only deny it five stars because I felt that it suffered for the "absolutely sure of itself" tone every opinion takes. The academic medical theory itself is never disproved and in my opinion seems likely but it is also not actually proven at all so it seems kind of desperate to claim otherwise. I don't think the theory suffers by admitting it is a theory, ultimately unknowable. The book also takes a lot of rather black and white stances on Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard, and others that even when I actually agree it is hard to see them written as undeniable fact rather than opinion.
Still, I think if you are at all interested you must read this book.
The author, however, bases the entire book on
I find the author's hypothesis interesting, I just wish she had given us more research, more medical information, etc. so that we could better reach our own conclusions as to her ideas.