- Hardcover: 258 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192840908
- ISBN-13: 978-0192840905
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.7 x 5.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,697,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Henry VIII’s succession problems are the canvas for this collective portraiture of his four children who lived long enough to become pawns in the family chess game. Guy views the contests as the daughters and sons would have experienced them, through the entourages and educations that the king ordained for them, crowned by the caprices of royal favors granted or withdrawn. Enumerating governesses, tutors, and factotums, Guy connects their appointments and dismissals to wider political alignments that shifted according to Henry’s well-chronicled quest for a male heir. A female successor was the last thing Henry wanted, a hope that foundered on his first daughter’s tenacity in holding her place in the line of succession (see Mary Tudor, by Anna Whitelock, 2010), the teenage deaths of Henry Fitzroy and Edward VI, and the perilous survival of Elizabeth. Enhancing Guy’s appeal is his emphasis on the personal relationships among these half siblings. Marked by a mixture of real and feigned affections, the dynastic dynamics of Henry’s heirs will drive Guy’s fluidly styled work straight into the hands of even veteran Tudor readers. --Gilbert Taylor
"Henry VIII's succession problems are the canvas for this collective portraiture of his four children who lived long enough to become pawns in the family chess game... Marked by a mixture of real and feigned affections, the dynastic dynamics of Henry's heirs will drive Guy's fluidly styled work straight into the hands of even veteran Tudor readers." --Booklist
"[T]his book is John Guy for the masses. ...[T]his is a short, furtive work, written in a plaintive, accessible style, which functions as a sort of primer on the story of Henry VIII's three children who followed him on the throne... . Indeed, this work has wide-ranging appeal for all manner of readers, whether casual or scholarly." --Sixteenth-Century Journal