The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers by Margaret GeorgeThis is the story of Englands most famous, and notorious, king.
Henry was a charismatic, ardent - and brash - young lover who married six times; a scholar with a deep love of poetry and music; an energetic hunter who loved the outdoors; a monarch whose lack of a male heir haunted him incessantly; and a ruthless leader who would stop at nothing to achieve his desires. His monumental decision to split from Rome and the Catholic Church was one that would forever shape the religious and political landscape of Britain.
Combining magnificent storytelling with an extraordinary grasp of the pleasures and perils of power, Margaret George delivers a vivid portrait of Henry VIII and Tudor England and the powerhouse of players on its stage: Thomas Cromwell, Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas More and Anne Boleyn. It is also a narrative told from an original perspective: Margaret George writes from the Kings point of view, injecting irreverent comments from Will Somers - Henrys jester and confidant.
7 Surprising Facts About King Henry VIII
When the pope wouldn't annul his first marriage so that Henry could wed again, he took matters into his own hands. When Henry ascended to the throne, he seems to have followed a philosophy of working to live, not living to work. Once he was out of bed, he preferred hunting or hawking over the business of governing. When his outdoor activities ended, Henry could find time to meet some of his obligations, but work had to be completed quickly — his nights were usually filled with dancing, gambling or playing cards. But while ruling the land, he also made sure to enjoy himself. This 30,word text became a best-seller. Besides the whole ruling a kingdom thing, what else made a young Henry attractive?
There is certainly much to be learned about this historically important figure. Without further ado, here are 30 interesting facts about the man. One died, one survived, Two divorced, two beheaded. His longest marriage was to Catherine of Arahttgon, lasting nearly 24 years. This is longer than all five of his other marriages combined. Two of his wives were executed.
This is the cartoon Henry of legend, a Henry who doesn't do the real king justice. He was, in fact, one of the most cultured and sophisticated monarchs ever to sit on the throne. His enthusiastic patronage of the arts in England, and serious passion for music, painting and poetry, helped drag our country into a new age of creativity. A true Renaissance man, Henry was described by one contemporary, Lord Mountjoy, in the most glowing terms. David Starkey, author of Henry: Virtuous Prince, puts things in equally strong terms.
He loved spending money. The Tudor era was a time of great change, new ideas were emerging about science, art, design and culture, and great sailing expeditions uncovered new lands. But, in his later years, all that indulgence took its toll on his physical health. At the age of 50 he had a inch cm waist! One of the biggest changes that Henry brought about during his reign was the English Reformation.