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Reign Of Henry VIII
  • Published: 1 November 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099445104
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $19.99
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Reign Of Henry VIII

The Personalities and Politics



David Starkey's brilliant overview of the great game of politics, over which Henry VIII presided.

Henry VIII was almost never alone. He was surrounded, twenty-four hours a day, by the small group of intimates and personal attendants who made up the staff of his Privy Chamber. They organised his daily life, kept him amused and acted as the landline between the King and the formal machinery of government. These men, intermarried, interbred and close-knit even in their mutual feuding, were supremely well placed to rig politics and patronage for their own benefit. Their influence was important and sometimes decisive: factions in the Privy Chamber destroyed Anne Boleyn, they frustrated the 'Catholic' reaction of the 1540s, and, by doctoring Henry's will, prepared the way for the full-blooded Protestantism of his son's reign.

The Reign of Henry the VIII is not so much a book about Henry VIII. It is about the great game of politics over which he presided.

  • Published: 1 November 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099445104
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $19.99
Categories:

About the author

David Starkey

David Starkey is Honorary Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and the author of acclaimed histories including Elizabeth and Monarchy. He was presented with the Norton Medlicott Medal for Services to History by Britain's Historical Association. He is a well-known TV and radio personality. He was made a CBE in 2007.

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Praise for Reign Of Henry VIII

Starkey has the mind of an historian but the eye of a court painter

Peter Ackroyd, The Times

To anyone who can savour the atmosphere of high politics, this book will make exciting reading

Conrad Russell

Starkey's great innovation as a constitutional historian has been his readiness to take a closer look at the organisation of the early modern royal household

Times Literary Supplement

To anyone who savours the atmosphere of high politics, this book will make exciting reading

Conrad Russell

David Starkey brings to the task not only a mastery of institutional framework...but also skills in graphic delineation of character and an exuberant narrative panache

R. A. Houlbrooke

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