A Brief History of Henry VIII : King, Reformer and Tyrant
by Derek Wilson
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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Henry VIII changed the course of English life more completely than any monarch since the ConquestIn Holbein’s portraits, Henry Tudor proudly stands as one of the most powerful figures of Europe’s renaissanceBut it’s the right portrait of the bluff.In his new book, Derek Wilson explores the myths behind the image of the Lion TudorHe’s the monarch who made England’s Reformation yet Luther called him “A fool, a liar and a damnable rotten worm”As a young man he gained a reputation as an intellectual and fair prince yet he ruled the nation as a tyrant.He treated his subjects as terrible as he treated his wives.Based on a large number of new materials and a lifetime of knowledge of the object Derek Wilson exposes a new portrait of a misunderstood good the KingLOUANGE FOR DEREK WILSON PREVIOUS WORKS:The Crownless Kings of England: “Stimulating and authoritativeJean-Guy’Masterly[Wilson] has a deep understanding of charactersby reaching out his hand through the centuriesSunday TimesHans Holbein: Portrait of an Unknown Man:’FascinatingSarah Bradford, Daily Telegraph’Highly lisible’.the most accurate and brilliant representation to date”Alison Weir
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