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

Reign Of Henry VIII

The Personalities and Politics


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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 l540s, and, by doctoring Henry's will, prepared the way for the full-blooded Protestantism of his son's reign.

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

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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