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Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him: The Secret History Behind the Tudor… (edition 2019)

by Tracy Borman (Author), Julie Teal (Narrator), Audible Studios (Publisher)

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Presents a portrait of Henry VIII through the lens of his relationships with the men who surrounded him--companions, confidants, servants, ministers, and rivals--and explores how they impacted his life and historic reign. "Henry VIII is best known in history for his tempestuous marriages and the fates of his six wives. However, as acclaimed historian Tracy Borman makes clear in her illuminating new chronicle of Henry's life, his reign and reputation were hugely influenced by the men who surrounded and interacted with him as companions and confidants, servants and ministers, and occasionally as rivals--many of whom have been underplayed in previous biographies. These relationships offer a fresh, often surprising perspective on the legendary king, revealing the contradictions in his beliefs, behavior, and character in a nuanced light. They show him capable of fierce but seldom abiding loyalty, of raising men up only to destroy them later. He loved to be attended by boisterous young men, the likes of his intimate friend Charles Brandon, who shared his passion for sport, but could also be diverted by men of intellect, culture, and wit, as his longstanding interplay with Cardinal Wolsey and his reluctant abandonment of Thomas More attest. Eager to escape the shadow of his father, Henry VII, he was often trusting and easily led by male attendants and advisors early in his reign (his coronation was just shy of his 18th birthday in 1509); in time, though, he matured into a profoundly suspicious and paranoid king whose ruthlessness would be ever more apparent, as Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk and uncle to two of Henry's wives, discovered to his great discomfort, and as Eustace Chapuys, the ambassador of Charles V of Spain, often reported. Recounting the great Tudor's life and signal moments through the lens of his male relationships, Tracy Borman's new biography reveals Henry's personality in all its multi-faceted, contradictory glory, and sheds fresh light on his reign for anyone fascinated by the Tudor era and its legacy."--Dust jacket.… (more)
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Title:Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him: The Secret History Behind the Tudor Throne
Authors:Tracy Borman (Author)
Other authors:Julie Teal (Narrator), Audible Studios (Publisher)
Info:Audible Studios (2019)
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:History, Henry VIII, England, English History, Tudors, Tudor England, Tudor Dynasty, Cromwell, Non-fiction, Biography

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Tracy Borman's history books are always very readable. This one about Henry VIII is about the men who surrounded him from childhood through his death, tracking not only the prominent church leaders and politicians, but also courtiers and personal friends. It's a massive book that is not always engaging. I picked it up and put it down many times.

For readers who are quite knowledgeable about Henry VIII and his story, this book should be a welcome addition to the library. For those of us who are less attuned to the era, it's worth reading but probable not a high priority. It was a bit hard for me to keep track of the actions of all of these people and I wish that events were more often fastened down by dates.

I received a review copy of " Henry VIII: And the Men Who Made Him" by Tracy Borman from Grove Atlantic through NetGalley.com. ( )
  Dokfintong | Jan 26, 2020 |
Well researched, well written story about a king who, for most of us, is a very one dimensional character. I only gave it 31/2 stars because,to me, it was very dry and _facty" in a lot of spots. ( )
  babs605 | Jun 16, 2019 |
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