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The king's pleasure : a novel of Henry VIII

Weir, Alison 1951- (author.).

Summary: "Young Henry began his rule as a magnificent and chivalrous Renaissance prince who embodied every virtue. He had all the qualities to make a triumph of his kingship, yet we remember only the violence. Henry famously broke with the Pope, founding the Church of England and launching a religious revolution that divided his kingdom. He beheaded two of his wives and cast aside two others. He died a suspicious, obese, disease-riddled tyrant, old before his time. His reign is remembered as one of dangerous intrigue and bloodshed-and yet the truth is far more complex. The King's Pleasure brings to life the idealistic monarch who expanded Parliament, founded the Royal Navy, modernized medical training, composed music and poetry, and patronized the arts. A passionate man in search of true love, he was stymied by the imperative to produce a male heir, as much a victim of circumstance as his unhappy wives. Had fate been kinder to him, the history of England would have been very different. Here is the story of the private man. To his contemporaries, he was a great king, a legend in his own lifetime. And he left an extraordinary legacy--a modern Britain"--

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  • ISBN: 9780593355077 (ebook)
  • ISBN: 0593355067
  • ISBN: 9780593355060 (hardcover ; acid-free paper)
  • Physical Description: 593 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2023.
Subject: Great Britain History Henry VIII, 1509-1547 Fiction
Henry VIII, King of England 1491-1547 Fiction
Genre: Historical fiction.
Biographical fiction.

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