The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers
Much has been written about the mighty, egotistical Henry VIII: the man who dismantled the Church because it would not grant him the divorce he wanted; who married six women and beheaded two of them; who executed his friend Thomas More; who sacked the monasteries; who longed for a son and... show more
Much has been written about the mighty, egotistical Henry VIII: the man who dismantled the Church because it would not grant him the divorce he wanted; who married six women and beheaded two of them; who executed his friend Thomas More; who sacked the monasteries; who longed for a son and neglected his daughters, Mary and Elizabeth; who finally grew fat, disease-ridden, dissolute. Now, in her magnificent work of storytelling and imagination Margaret George bring us Henry VIII's story as he himself might have told it, in memoirs interspersed with irreverent comments from his jester and confident, Will Somers. Brilliantly combining history, wit, dramatic narrative, and an extraordinary grasp of the pleasures and perils of power, this monumental novel shows us Henry the man more vividly than he has ever been seen before.
Publish date: September 15th 1998
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages no: 939
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Romance
, European History
, 16th Century
I've had a fascination for the Tudors and the six wives of Henry VIII at least since I visited England at fourteen-years-old and picked up this thin booklet on each complete with their portraits. As a result, I've read plenty of books, fiction and non-fiction on the Tudors and Henry and his wives. T...
After 172 pages I have decided to dump this.I do NOT enjoy reading it and I have given it a fair try. I am often hesitant toward autobiographies, particularly when they are historical fiction. An autobiography cannot, by definition, provide an impartial view on the events that occurred. Margaret Geo...
Some of the history is pretty questionable, but it's a good read, although certainly not a quick one. It was interesting to see Henry attempt to explain his reasoning behind his behavior. It unfortunately seemed to lose focus after Anne's death, though, and large chunks of time seem to be skimmed ...
Very enjoyable treatment of the man, his wives, and the times. I read this years ago when it was first released .
Author Margaret George wrote The Autobiography of Henry VIII in an attempt to create a sympathetic and historically accurate picture of this much-maligned English king, and in my judgment she succeeds on both counts; at least, as much as is possible given the limitations of the material. I'm not sur...