Bacon: The History of the Reign of King Henry VII and Selected Works

Bacon: The History of the Reign of King Henry VII and Selected Works

This is a major new student edition of the text described as "the first modern classic of English history." Francis Bacon's insight into human motives, his life-long experience of politics and government, and his remarkable literary skills, render this History of the Reign of King Henry VII a major work of English literature and an important document in the history of political thought. The edition also includes other relevant writings by Bacon, generous editorial footnotes explaining the historical and political issues of the period, and a substantial glossary.

The Reign of Henry VIII

Politics, Policy and Piety

The Reign of Henry VIII

This collection of essays by leading scholars and researchers in early Tudor studies provides an up-to-date discussion of the politics, policy and piety of Henry VIII's reign. It explores such areas as the reform of central and local government, foreign policy, relations between leading politicians, life at Court, Henry's first divorce and the break with Rome, literature and the government's exploitation of it, and the growth of evangelical religion in Henry's England. Particular consideration is given to the controversies which have arisen about the reign among modern historians, and there is an effort to assess the personality of Henry himself.

The Last Days of Henry VIII

Conspiracy, Treason and Heresy at the Court of the Dying Tyrant

The Last Days of Henry VIII

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.

Tudors

The History of England

Tudors

Following on from Foundation, Tudors is the second volume in Peter Ackroyd's astonishing series, The History of England. Rich in detail and atmosphere and told in vivid prose, Tudors recounts the transformation of England from a settled Catholic country to a Protestant superpower. It is the story of Henry VIII's cataclysmic break with Rome, and his relentless pursuit of both the perfect wife and the perfect heir; of how the brief reign of the teenage king, Edward VI, gave way to the violent reimposition of Catholicism and the stench of bonfires under 'Bloody Mary'. It tells, too, of the long reign of Elizabeth I, which, though marked by civil strife, plots against the queen and even an invasion force, finally brought stability. Above all, however, it is the story of the English Reformation and the making of the Anglican Church. At the beginning of the sixteenth century, England was still largely feudal and looked to Rome for direction; at its end, it was a country where good governance was the duty of the state, not the church, and where men and women began to look to themselves for answers rather than to those who ruled them.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

A “brilliantly written and meticulously researched” biography of royal family life during England’s second Tudor monarch (San Francisco Chronicle). Either annulled, executed, died in childbirth, or widowed, these were the well-known fates of the six queens during the tempestuous, bloody, and splendid reign of Henry VIII of England from 1509 to 1547. But in this “exquisite treatment, sure to become a classic” (Booklist), they take on more fully realized flesh and blood than ever before. Katherine of Aragon emerges as a staunch though misguided woman of principle; Anne Boleyn, an ambitious adventuress with a penchant for vengeance; Jane Seymour, a strong-minded matriarch in the making; Anne of Cleves, a good-natured woman who jumped at the chance of independence; Katherine Howard, an empty-headed wanton; and Katherine Parr, a warm-blooded bluestocking who survived King Henry to marry a fourth time. “Combin[ing] the accessibility of a popular history with the highest standards of a scholarly thesis”, Alison Weir draws on the entire labyrinth of Tudor history, employing every known archive—early biographies, letters, memoirs, account books, and diplomatic reports—to bring vividly to life the fates of the six queens, the machinations of the monarch they married and the myriad and ceaselessly plotting courtiers in their intimate circle (The Detroit News). In this extraordinary work of sound and brilliant scholarship, “at last we have the truth about Henry VIII’s wives” (Evening Standard).

A New Display of the Beauties of England

Or, a Description of the Most Elegant Or Magnificent Public Edifices, Royal Palaces, Noblemen's and Gentlemen's Seats, and Other Curiosities, ... in Different Parts of the Kingdom. Adorned with a Variety of Copper Plate Cuts, Neatly Engraved. Volume the First

A New Display of the Beauties of England


Off with Her Head!

Henry VIII - The Life and Loves of Bluff King Hal

Off with Her Head!

Whether or not Henry VIII ever exclaimed 'Off with her head', history suggests that the sentiment would have appealed to his fiery nature, as this nursery rhyme from the middle of the eighteenth century suggests: "Bluff Henry the Eighth to six spouses was wedded: One died, one survived, two divorced, two beheaded." With a family history like this, it's little wonder that his younger daughter vowed that she would never marry, and died the celebrated Virgin Queen. Whether he was taking on the Pope, taking over the property and possessions of the monasteries, or taking to task the king of France, Henry VIII stamped his formidable mark on English history and has come down to us as one our most influential and colourful monarchs. Drawing on anecdotes, quotations and revealing snippets of historical fact, this book highlights the power and the passion, the intrigues and in-fighting which make his reign so fascinating.