VIII, Hardback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


VIII (EIGHT) is the untold story of Henry VIII, a gripping examination of how he turned from a charismatic teenager to the cruel tyrant he became in later life. Hal is a young, handsome and gifted warrior who believes he has been divinely chosen to lead his people.

But throughout his life he is haunted by a ghostly apparition and, once he rises to power, he turns to murder and rapacious cruelty.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Templar Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical
  • ISBN: 9781848774995

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A descriptive and historical novel that not only kept me wanting to read it but it also taught me a lot more about one of our most famous monarchs. The author writes as if she is Henry VIII himself, giving you a great insight into how his life was shaped for him, by the neglect of his father and the love from his mother.His early life was always full of conflict between love and hate, but more importantly his belief in the prophecy and demons that haunted him. Reading the novel you feel as if you are in the court and you can actually visualise the young king learning his trade, by watching him drawing the longbow, practising his jousting and seeking appreciation and love from all of those around him. The trials and tribulations that faced him as his older brother was killed and the way that he was treated, shows how and why he reacted when he became King Henry VIII.Although classed as a book for teenagers, I found it a must read for all royalists and people interested in the Tudor period. Anyone who wants to try and explain this king to their children, will definitely benefit from this. Really enjoyed reading this book

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The story King Henry VIII and his 5 wives is well known but this is a retelling with a difference. Aimed at teens, it is told from Henry's point of view and seeks to explain how such a promising young man turned into one of the most villainous kings in British history.Although it draws on lots of meticulous research, this is no dry historical tome. H M Castor succeeds in making Henry come alive and knowing the outcome does not diminuish the excitement of the story.