'An outstanding work of historical artistry, a brilliantly woven and pacy story of the men who surrounded, influenced and sometimes plagued Henry VIII.' Alison Weir Henry VIII is well known for his tumultuous relationships with women, and he is often defined by his many marriages. But what do we see if we take a different look? When we see Henry through the men i...
|Title||:||Henry VIII and the men who made him: The secret history behind the Tudor throne|
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Henry VIII and the men who made him: The secret history behind the Tudor throne Reviews
When people think "Henry VIII" they probably think of beheadings and serial marriages. But there is a great deal more to his legacy than this and Tracy Borman explores all of it in Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him. Borman examines Henry's life by looking at the men he surrounded himself with. Henry loved to have intelligent, active young men around him who shared his interests in hunting, hawking, dancing, and every other form of sport available. After a difficult relationship with his father ...more
Tracy Borman’s book on Henry VIII was a refreshing look at one of England’s most controversial Kings. So often when books examine the life of Henry VIII they study the King through his relationships with this many wives and his children, but Borman’s book takes a very different approach. She studies the life and reign of Henry VIII through the men that served him. Through the courtiers and friends whom lived with the King, men who served his most intimate needs as well as those that carried out ...more
I really enjoyed Tracy Borman's biography on Thomas Cromwell, so I was excited to start reading Borman's new book, Henry VIII. Henry VIII did not disappoint; like Borman's previous work, this almost read like a novel. It was an entertaining read that had me invested in the various characters that played a role in Henry VIII's life.
A good deal of time is spent on the "major players" of the Tudor court such as Wolsey, Cromwell, and the Duke of Norfolk, however, you get a better glimpse at the less...more
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“Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived”
Thus goes the old mantra on how to remember what happened to Henry VIII’s six wives. It is accepted as fact that his marital intrigues were all about begetting a male heir, to bolster and shore up the shaky claim the Tudors had on the throne.
Most books on Henry deal with the man’s marital status, but this one is different. The author looks at the king from a viewpoint rarely if ...more
I am a Tudorphile. A stimulating and refreshing way to look at probably the most written about king in English history. For all the 'high' and 'low' men that were in Henry's orbit there is a sense of irony that one of his favourites was his fool, Will Jester “ few men were more beloved than was his Fool…..Thus Will exiled sadness many a time” . This book was written very well that made it feel as if it was 'just' a novel...am sure more by TB will be read.
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This is quite a deep dive of a history book. Spanning Henry VIII's extensive reign, Tracy Borman covers nearly every man who served Henry. I thought given my extensive reading on the Tudors that this would be old hat, but I learned quite a bit with this book! Wolsey, Cramner, Cromwell, Suffolk, More, these men are always discussed when Henry VIII comes up, but we finally get to hear about the men in lesser positio ...more
An actual new treatment of Henry VIII. Who'd have thunk? Fascinating details about the men he surrounded himself with, those he raised and then smashed down when it suited. The friends he killed mercilessly, and the ones who made it through. Cranmer had the right idea, say what you think and then defer to whatever Henry wanted anyway. Didn't help him later on though... but surviving Henry's reign is some accomplishment.
Genuinely sheds light on Henry's deep insecurities, awful decision making, p ...more
‘The retinue plays the king’ the phrase made immortal by W Shakespeare in his King Lear says it all. The book by Tracy Borman is all about the retinue of Henry VIII: the bold, the bad and the ugly.
There were so many men around Henry VIII, I lost my count at Cromwell. Some of them were so memorable, they made their way into The Tudors TV series. Some of them deserved a mere paragraph in Borman’s book. However, all of them together is what made Henry VIII who he was and vice versa.
I have read a lo ...more