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- Publisher: Ash Wood Press (January 9, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 9, 2014
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Kramer presents an interesting theory, that Henry VIII might have been kell positive and suffered from McLeod's syndrome, and supports the idea with several well known events from Henry's first two marriages to support her conclusions. The presentation, however, is not flawless.
Particularly in the king's latter years, Kramer frequently drops all pretense of suggestion and slips, referring to her suppositions as outright fact. Throughout the book she also fails to adequately address and/or discount other explanations for Henry's behavior, relying on vague blanket statements that all of Henry's other conditions could have coexisted with her diagnosis.
Most concerning, however, is the frequency at which Kramer entirely ignores Henry and focuses on the behavior and character of his wives. Perhaps I missed it, but I thought, as the title suggests, the focus of this piece was Henry's health and how it related to his policies. While the book does touch on these subjects, it also boasts a comprehensive play by play of court life over the course of his reign. To be perfectly honest I often felt Kramer lost her way and forgetting her thesis, became mired in entirely irrelevant chapters of Tudor history (i.e. the motivations behind Katherine Howard's affair with Thomas Culpeper and the regard in which the English people viewed Anne of Cleves).
My criticisms are not meant to discredit Kramer, her theory is plausible and certainly gives one reason to pause. No, I simply feel her argument might have been stronger had she approached it differently and that on the whole, the content of her work wanders from time to time.
Kyra Cornelius Kramer promises to explain this all to us. Which is part of the problem. When the title of a book promises an "explanation" a certain of amount of explaining is required, particularly if the explanation is medical. The average reader does not possess an advanced degree in medicine so antigens and syndromes will need to be explained. For reasons I cannot begin to fathom, the author of this book chooses to give the most cursory once-over-lightly to both the all important Kell antigen and McLeod Syndrome. Is McLeod common? Rare? Hereditary? Does one inherit it from one parent? Is it recessive? Co-morbid? Fatal? You won't find any of the answers here. You won't even find a reasonably detailed explanation of its symptoms. This "explanation" doesn't get an explanation.
Given the weakness of the medical case, it is somewhat amazing that the weakest links in this thesis are Kramer's interpretation of Henry's behavior and analysis of events. She offers no evidence that Henry was any more tyrannical than his father (Henry VII) or his contemporaries. She lists the number of executions during his reign but does not compare this to what was going on elsewhere. Just to put this in context, at the same time Henry reigned Ivan the Terrible was earning his nickname Tsar in Russia and Francis I was ordering entire villages and cities destroyed on grounds of disloyalty.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting and well written. Gives a new and interesting explanation of the actions of Henry the VII.Published 1 month ago by Phea
This book is based on a false premise. There is no detailed description of McLeod's Syndrome in the book, so I researched it myself. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. J. Thompson
I found this book fascinating. The author puts forth an interesting, plausible argument explaining the latter years of King Henry VIII.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is an interesting theory which attempts to explain an unexplainable character. Wish there could be an exhumation to test it.Published 3 months ago by Sis
An in-depth look and the possibilities of Henry VIII's lack of healthy children.Published 3 months ago by Michele Hirz
Very interesting premise. Puts the Henry the VIII story in a whole new light. Having read Ohillipa Gregory's books on this era, this gave me a whole new take on the "wife"... Read morePublished 3 months ago by julie m kuehnel
I have been a dedicated fan of the British Monarchy for most of life. This book has a fountain of information that I found absolutely fascinating. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Would have liked more information on Kells disease. Did former generations show signs of it?Published 5 months ago by Marilyn