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Description - Henry VIII by John Matusiak

This compelling account of Henry VIII is by no means yet another history of the a old monstera and his reign. The a monstera displayed here is, at the very least, a newer type, more beset by anxieties and insecurities, and more tightly surrounded by those who equated loyalty with fear, self-interest and blind obedience. This ground-breaking book also demonstrates that Henry VIIIa s priorities were always primarily martial rather than marital, and accepts neither the necessity of his all-consuming quest for a male heir nor his need ultimately to sever ties with Rome. As the story unfolds, Henrya s predicaments prove largely of his own making, the paths he chooses neither the only nor the best available. For Henry VIII was not only a bad man, but also a bad ruler who failed to achieve his aims and blighted the reigns of his two immediate successors.

Five hundred years after he ascended the throne, the reputation of Englanda s best known king is being rehabilitated and subtly sanitized. Yet Tudor historian John Matusiak paints a colourful and absorbingly intimate portrait of a man wholly unfit for power.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780752497075
ISBN-10: 0752497073
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: The History Press Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2013
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John Matusiak

John Matusiak is a frequent contributor to History Review and History Today, and is the author of Henry V.

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