The Last Days of Henry VIII : Conspiracy, Treason and Heresy at the Court of the Dying Tyrant, Paperback Book

The Last Days of Henry VIII : Conspiracy, Treason and Heresy at the Court of the Dying Tyrant Paperback

3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)

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After 35 years in power, Henry VIII was a bloated, hideously obese, black-humoured old man, rarely seen in public.

He had striven all his life to ensure the survival of his dynasty by siring legitimate sons, yet his only male heir was eight-year-old Prince Edward.

It was increasingly obvious that when Henry died, real power in England would be exercised by a regent.

The prospect of that prize spurred the rival court factions into deadly conflict.Robert Hutchinson spent several years in original archival research.

He advances a genuinely new theory of Henry's medical history and the cause of his death; he has unearthed some fabulous eyewitness material and papers from death warrants, confessions and even love letters between Katherine Parr and the Lord High Admiral.

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This title is a bit of a misnomer as much of the book deals with events over the last near decade of Henry's reign from the birth of Prince Edward onwards. The chapters on Henry's health and will are the most interesting in containing material not usually found in the mountain of other books on Henry. The author has a slightly sensationalist tone sometimes that irritates me a little.

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