For enthusiasts of Wolf Hall, Alison Weir’s New York instances bestselling biography of Henry VIII brilliantly brings to lifestyles the king, the court docket, and the attention-grabbing women and men who vied for its pleasures and rewards.
BONUS: This version includes an excerpt from Alison Weir’s Mary Boleyn.
Henry VIII, popular for his command of strength, celebrated for his mind, presided over the main stylish—and dangerous—court in Renaissance Europe. Scheming cardinals vied for energy with newly wealthy landowners and retailers, awesome painters and designers brought a brand new attractiveness into artwork and layout, and every of Henry's six queens introduced her personal effect to endure upon the lifetime of the court docket. In her new ebook, Alison Weir, writer of the best royal chronicles of our time, brings to vivid existence the turbulent, advanced determine of Henry VIII and the glittering court docket he made his own.
In an age while a monarch's household and political lives have been inextricably intertwined, a king as strong and significant as Henry VIII exercised huge, immense sway over the legislation, the customs, and the tradition of his country. but as Weir exhibits during this fast, brilliant narrative, Henry's ministers, nobles, and other halves have been ambitious figures of their personal correct, whose effect either more suitable and undermined the authority of the throne. On a grand level wealthy in pageantry, intrigue, ardour, and comfort, Weir files the various complicated human dramas that swirled round Henry, whereas deftly weaving in an account of the intimate rituals and wishes of England's ruling class—their sexual practices, feasts and activities, tastes in books and song, homes and gardens.
Stimulating and tumultuous, the court docket of Henry VIII attracted the best minds and maximum beauties in Renaissance England—poets Wyatt and Surrey, the good portraitist Hans Holbein, "feasting girls" like Elizabeth Blount and Elizabeth FitzWalter, the newly wealthy Boleyn relations and the traditional aristocratic clans just like the Howards and the Percies, in addition to the entourages and connections that got here and went with every one successive spouse. The interactions among those participants, and the poor ends that came about such a lot of of them, make Henry VIII: The King and His court docket a fully spellbinding read.
Meticulous in historical element, narrated with excessive variety and grand drama, Alison Weir brilliantly brings to existence the king, the court docket, and the interesting women and men who vied for its pleasures and rewards.
notice: This version doesn't include illustrations.