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Henry VIII's Last Victim: The Life and Times of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey Hardcover – December 10, 2007
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Praise for Henry VIII’s Last Victim: The Life and Times of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey
“Rarely have I felt so utterly captivated by a history book. It is stunning. Jessie Childs is a major new talent.” ---Alison Weir, author of The Six Wives of Henry VIII
“A truly superb biography.”---A. N. Wilson, The Daily Telegraph (UK)
“Judging from her debut with this riveting life of the brilliant, doomed Earl of Surrey, Jessie Childs is a rising star among historians. Just when we thought everything had been said about Henry VIII she makes us see him from a completely new angle. Her scholarship is inspired and her prose sparkles.” ---Desmond Seward, author of The Hundred Years War
“Childs’s book, beautifully written and researched, explores with subtlety the forces that made and destroyed Surrey.”---The Mail on Sunday (UK)
“Childs’ description of [the] complex maneuverings [at Henry VIII’s court] is excellent . . . this book opens a fascinating window to the mid-Tudor world . . .”---The Guardian (UK)
“This is a rumbustious tale and well worth the retelling but what makes this biography special is the quality of the writing. It is as fluid and engaging as the research is careful and penetrating.”---History Today (UK)
“A fascinating story . . . a very readable and diligently researched book.”---The Literary Review (UK)
About the Author
Jessie Childs, born in England in 1976, was educated at Oxford and has worked in television as a researcher for historical documentaries. Henry VIII’s Last Victim is her first book. It won the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography 2007. She lives in London, England.
Visit her online at www.jessiechilds.co.uk.
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Top Customer Reviews
The author Jessie Childs is up there with Spence, Kurlansky and Schama for turning history into a rollicking good read. She, like the others, gives the history by telling the experience of a given player. Childs shows her subject, Surrey, from youth to a premature death, from despair to glory, over time and place. Surreys are central figures of their times, so the cast of characters is wide. Her scholarship is first rate, and I await more from her.