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The young Henry
Henry: Virtuous Prince - David Starkey
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Henry: Virtuous Prince - David Starkey
Advantages: Engaging and trustworthy
Disadvantages: Insatiable information
This book is a biography about Henry VIII when he was in his youth from the time of his birth to his twenties. It also outlines how Henry's father got his hands on the throne and mentioned that Henry's grandmother, Lady Margaret Beaufort gave birth to Henry VII (Henry Tudor) when she was only 13 years old. The Tudor Dynasty is one that's won the hearts and minds of old and young alike. Ever since I learned about them in school, I couldn't get enough of it. The basics were stuck in my head, but there are still many mysteries that surround the dynasty and also many fictional work inspired by the dynasty. The book is David Starkey's masterpiece according to the Sunday Times.
By watching his documentaries and listening to his speeches, I can see that Dr. David Starkey knows his stuff and knows what he's talking about. I find his work very engaging and when I heard that he had written some books, I had become interested in reading the books very quickly. So when I picked this book up, I had very high expectations. Some people do find the author a bit intimidating or snobby which is understandable. I personally enjoy his work and I think that he is a good historian. I think that this book is really personal because I can see the passion in his words.
In this book, I can see that there has been a lot of effort in this novel. I think that there must have been at least years of research being put into this. All of Starkey's scholars, education, essays and work so far have brought him to write this book: a biography of Henry VIII to celebrate his legacy after over 500 years since he was crowned King Of England. It is a well known fact that he and his daughter, Elizabeth I changed England forever, and made it clear that there was no going back.
I'm impressed with the amount of detail that's been put into this book, although I do find the book a bit insatiable because it makes you want to know more. It's very well written, engaging and trust-worthy. It's rich in detail and information. I think this book would be incredibly useful for students who are studying Tudor History.
Henry VIII is often described as ginger, obese and abusive. He is known as the king who had six wives and had two of them beheaded. He destroyed monasteries and many were executed for their believes and because of various plots. But the Henry in this book is the young Henry. The Henry that was beautiful, religious and passionate for his family. A man who understood the ways and the needs of women. The book highlights all the twists in fate that led Henry into his crown and details of all the people in his youth who shaped him into the tyrant he would later become.
As you can tell, I have enjoyed this book. My overall opinion of the book is that it is a biography with exceptional quality writing in it. There are also a lot of beautiful pictures in there. Although the book could have done with a few more pictures, I do think that the book is great and I think the effort put into this book has been fantastic.
Summary: A good book to read if you've read the series
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