Henry VIII: The King and His Court

Henry VIII: The King and His CourtThe Barnes Noble ReviewA Book To Match The Man Great Harry, Larger Than Life In Ambition, Passion, And Splendor, Strides Triumphantly Through Weir S Rich, Rewarding Pages The Six Remarkable And Ill Fated Wives, The Frequent Bite Of The Executioner S Axe, And The Breach With Catholic Rome Are Expected Highlights, But Weir Paints A Far Fuller And Richer Canvas Of The Scholar King And His Brilliant Court Weir Propels Us Into The Heady Excitement And Dangerous Life Of Henry S Times, In Which Pageantry Was Both Power And Propaganda Though She Concisely Presents Key Political And Religious Issues And The Related Rise And Fall Of Cardinal Wolsey And Thomas Cromwell, Her Focus Is The Extravagant Personal Lives Of The King, His Queens, And His Leading Courtiers We Live The Life Of Banquets, Palaces, And Great Country Houses, Exploring Diet And Clothing, Finery And Furnishings We Share The Ambitions Of The Arrogant Courtier Families Fighting For Primacy As They Promote Themselves, Their Sons, And Their Interests We Share The Lives Of Scholars, Servants, And Children We Suffer Primitive Hygiene And The Fear Of Disease Tension Builds Henry The Renaissance Prince, Accomplished In Languages, Theology, Music, Medicine, And Architecture As Well As The Demands Of Politics And Military Strategy, Is Also Henry The King, Desperate For Sons To Continue The Tudor Dynasty Founded By His Frugal Father In 1485 Internally, The Old Plantagenet Line Still Threatens The Tudor Supremacy Externally, France, Spain, And The Holy Roman Empire, All Far Richer Than England, Threaten Her Interests Weir Presents A King Who Becomes Increasingly Worried, Willful, And Capricious Laws Become Savage, Heads Roll Yet Nothing Curbs Henry S Mania For Marriage Or For Building, Enterprises That Bled His 560 Million Inheritance Weir Has Given Us A Near Encyclopedic Account Of The Eccentric King And His Exuberant Court We Live Every Ambitious, Hard Fought Moment Her Immense Bibliography Points Us To Numerous Books On Henry And His Queens The Palaces, Food, Costume, Travel, Scholarship Of The Day The English Reformation In Short, Every Imaginable TopicPeter SkinnerPeter Skinner Lives In New York City.

Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.Alison Weir is a British writer of history books for the general public, mostly in the form of biographies about British kings and queens, and of historical fiction Before becoming an author, Weir worked as a teacher of children with special needs She received her formal training in history at teacher training

[BOOKS] ⚦ Henry VIII: The King and His Court ✫ Alison Weir – Oldtimertips.us
  • Hardcover
  • 632 pages
  • Henry VIII: The King and His Court
  • Alison Weir
  • English
  • 26 March 2019
  • 9780345436597

10 thoughts on “Henry VIII: The King and His Court

  1. Pete daPixie says:

    I have to rate Alison Weir s Henry VIII King and Court a five star read You get exactly what it says on the tin A vast and fully comprehensive work, covering over five hundred pages, along with the obligatory sixty pages of notes.As the author states in her introduction, this is not a political history of the reign, her brief here is to record the events that help to build up a picture of the life and ethos of the King and the court The reader of Tudor history may well have to go elsewhere for greater depth and detail of Henry s six wives, or of the many monumental events that effected the cultural, social or political climate of the age Instead the olde worn caricature of Henry VIII is dusted off and given a realistic treatment illuminated with the light of modern research Therefore this book is filled with a myriad of detail of court life from the Privy Chamber to the culinary creations of the royal kitchens down to the names of the p...

  2. Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his) says:

    This review can also be found here What can I say about this book Oh yeah.I hated it.I fucking hated this book I would insert the Instagram picture of how I annotated every single page, but GR won t let me and I m lazy so you can click the link to my blog if you really want to see it I mean, look at all of those sticky notes Look at those annotations Look at the pure rage that I have for it.Let s start with the thesis My aim in this book is to draw together a multitude of strands of research in order to develop a picture of the real Henry VIII, his personal life throughout his reign, the court he created, and the people who influenced and served him p 2 To do this, she uses anecdotal evidence No joke She uses anecdotal evidence to show how the life was and how things were in the court That s horrendous For a woman who bills herself as a historian, she comes across like Philippa Gregory None of them studied history, but they pretend to be them without the same academic rigor.So, what s wrong with using anecdotal evidence From my line of research aka psychology anecdotal evidence is a no no because it holds no scientific basis It has no grounding in fact It s just a story that someone told, one that can t be verified by other sources.A brief example of one of these anecdotes A rumor went around the court that Anne Boleyn was the product of an affair Henry had with Anne s mother, Elizabeth Boleyn nee Howard This rumor could be u...

  3. Ricardo says:

    Un exhaustivo y soberbio trabajo sobre la corte de Enrique VIII, uno de los personajes m s controvertidos de la historia de Inglaterra y de la historia Universal sin lugar a dudas Sus castillos, sus costumbres, la moda, los alimentos y hasta detalles de la higiene o la falta de ella que se practicaba en esos entonces.Los primeros cap tulos abordan minuciosamente todo lo escrito arriba El resto de la obra es una radiograf a de cada personaje cercano al Rey y su corte Por fortuna, no se enfoca espec ficamente al tema de l y sus esposas Ya hay mucho de ello en otros libros y la misma Alison Weir ya se ocup de ello en un libro especial.La lectura es a veces cansada por tanto y tanto detalle Tomen nota de los tapices, los muebles y otras banalidades del interior de sus palacios pero no por ello desmerece un trabajo que no es otra cosa que una fotograf a en alta definici n en escrito, tanto as que uno puede...

  4. Arukiyomi says:

    There, in a charity shop, completely unblemished as in a proper bookshop, lay Weir s encylopaedic description of one of the most magnificent courts of English royalty And it was mine for only 95p.I ve not read any of Weir s books before She s written about pretty much every Tudor monarch or individual connected with Tudor monarchy you can think of I used to read books like this all the time but the 1001 list has my heart set on novels Because this was immaculate and a tenth of the price it was supposed to be, I snapped it up though It sat well with my reading of Mantel s Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies.There are plenty of reviews out there which complain that this book isn t actually about Henry VIII at all They complain that it s hard to find the king, buried as he is under the detailed descriptions of the world he inhabited Having read the book, I agree This book should really be entitled The Court of Henry VIII.But that didn t bother me too much I wasn t after a blow by blow description of his life I was after a description of the times, and although the book was mis named, I tried not to let this distract me from what is after all a good history.The...

  5. Caroline says:

    I always enjoy Alison Weir s books she has a lively, engaging style and a knack for bringing both her subjects and the world they lived in truly to life, and this book is no exception Henry VIII is a larger than life figure anyway after all, every schoolchild grows up knowing divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived But there was a lot to the man than the simple stereotype of a fat, bloated tyrant who chopped his wives heads off Charting his evolution from a handsome young prince with idealistic views of learning and governing to his latter incarnation as, yes, a fat bloated tyrant is truly fascinating.The sheer amount of detail in this book is incredible from the food Henry and his court ate, the houses they lived in, to the clothes they wore, down to the very sheets of the beds, nothing is too small or insignificant to escape mention It really serves to bring the Tudor court to full colour and...

  6. Luv_trinity says:

    I love this book,and I find it a very easy read Weir has a way of making the story of Henry VIII and his court come alive for her readers Weir also have a knack for finding little known facts that most historian only skip over ...

  7. Andre says:

    This is a maticulously researched history, not a novel In fact, this books from its first pages points out how poorly researched are most novels about this great English king If you want to know Henry the 8th, I would recommend reading and studying this book by Alison Weir.

  8. April says:

    This biography is very impressive In general I think Alison Weir is a fabulous biographer Her research is very thorough and her writing isn t so full of details that you get lost However, she has completely outdone herself with this book I have read several books about the six wives of Henry VIII, but never a biography of his own life so this was a treat I always thought of Henry VIII as some egotistical monster that liked divorcing or beheading his wives so that he could move on to his next catch Yes, he had an ego, a big one, but he wasn t a monster He was influenced by so many things, his upbringing, his religious beliefs, and especially that of his personal counselors I always thought of him as a one man show being king and head of the Church of England after he left the Catholic faith, but it wasn t that way at all I didn t realize the impact that his counselors had on his decisions until I read this book Anne Boylen wasn t taken down by Henry, she was taken down by his closest counselor, who didn t like her and wanted her gone So he made her into an adulterer and a traitor, two things that she was not I love how the author puts you into Henry s world by describing how the court worked, what he ate, where he slept, what his rooms were like, what the houses castles he lived in were like and what he wore His daily life is very well described and is easy...

  9. Steven Peterson says:

    In one sense, I am at a disadvantage in assessing this volume I am not an historian of this era, so I cannot confidently judge well the accuracy of Alison Weir s rendering of events and people That said, I am most impressed with this work The author covers many aspects of English history including day to day life of the time We read of medical practice ugh , music, art, architecture, customs, drama, clothing, sports e.g., hunting, archery, tennis, jousting, and so on , the internecine politics when losers could lose their lives politics was serious business , and the relationships among families in England of the era This book is as much about the country at that time as about Henry VIII Henry VIII is portrayed in great detail This is not a Charles Laughton view of the king It is much nuanced It is true that, if Weir be correct, Henry became rigid and unforgiving and vain and distrusting and autocratic as he aged He drove England close to financial ruin with his wars which often had little effect, even though costing much and with his incessant building projects his own palaces as one key example.But this should not detract from other of his accomplishments He supported the arts he was one of the educated and intellectually oriented monarchs of the time It may be that Weir romanticizes him to some extent, and that ought to be ...

  10. Kathleen says:

    Alison Weir is one of my very favorite historians I do not at all recommend reading her historical fiction for many and varied reasons, but her straight history is great Well researched, well backed up, and she frequently has some pretty interesting new theories to throw in the mix to make her books even fun to read She specializes in Tudor history, which, you know, my crack, so naturally I was quite pleased to find a book of hers that I hadn t read.Sadly, it s not her best Henry VIII The King and His Court tries to be, as the title says, a biography of the king and a snapshot of the Tudor court at the same time, and it doesn t succeed terribly well The first half of the book is heavily weighted towards the court, describing how it was organized, how it worked, and the people who attended it, while the second half covered Henry s reign in greater detail than the first half There wasn t a lot of overlap so we didn t get much about how the court was affected by the events of Henry s reign and vice versa We also didn t get to hear a lot about what Wolsey and Cromwell were doing to actually run the kingdom, which is perhaps understandable but still frustrating Plus, the first half was very difficult to get through because...

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