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  • Published: 15 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9780141987323
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $24.00
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Henry VIII (Penguin Monarchs)

The Quest for Fame




The acclaimed Penguin Monarchs series: short, fresh, expert accounts of England's rulers - now in paperback

Henry VIII's reign transformed the physical and spiritual landscape of England. Magnificent, tyrannical, a strong ruler, a 'pillager of the commonwealth', this most notorious of kings remains a figure of extreme contradictions: a devout traditionalist who oversaw a cataclysmic rupture with the church in Rome; a talented, charismatic, imposing figure who nevertheless could not bear to meet people's eyes when he talked to them. In this revealing new account, John Guy explores how Henry himself understood the world and his place in it - from his sheltered and increasingly isolated upbringing and the blazing glory of his accession; to his desperate quest for recognition, fame and an heir, and the terrifying paranoia of his last, agonising, 54-inch-waisted years - and in doing so casts new light on his choice of wives and ministers, his impact on the European stage, and his extraordinary legacy.

  • Published: 15 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9780141987323
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $24.00
Categories:

About the author

John Guy

John Guy is an award-winning historian, accomplished broadcaster and a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. His previous books include My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots, winner of the 2004 Whitbread Biography Award and the Marsh Biography Award, the highly acclaimed dual biography A Daughter's Love: Thomas and Margaret More and a history, Tudor England, which has sold over 250,000 copies worldwide.

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Praise for Henry VIII (Penguin Monarchs)

An immensely satisfying introduction to the large and moody monarch ... John Guy is a very good historian who knows Henry VIII better than almost anyone.

Diarmaid MacCulloch, Guardian

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