Henry was crowned king henry vii on the top of crown hill, after richard was defeated and killed on the battlefield. A great historical fiction book on henry viii is the autobiography of henry viii. This is one of the books that triggered my interest in royalty. Early life in his youth he was educated in the new learning of the renaissance and developed great skill in music and sports. I love books good books books to read my books historical fiction books book lists prince henry nonfiction book lovers the forgotten son of henry viii. The autobiography of henry viii by margaret george. Up to 20 books are listed, in descending order of popularity at this site. Richly illustrated 9 pictures, many in colour, it offers more of an overview than detail, but nevertheless provides a great deal of often fascinating information.
So many people have written books about henry viii and studied that period what makes you so interested in the lesserknown early tudor period. Wolf hall 2009 is a historical novel by english author hilary mantel, published by fourth estate, named after the seymour familys seat of wolfhall or wulfhall in wiltshire. Life of henry viii including history of the six wives of henry viii. Novel about catherine of aragon, the first wife of englands king henry viii. The last journey of henry viii chapter 1, a tudors fanfic. The king riseth from his state, takes her up, kisses and placeth her by him. The one by lacey baldwin smith is also very good and blood will tell. What is the best and most enjoyable book on henry viii. The books of king henry viii and his wives james p. Dec 01, 2007 a brilliantly written and meticulously researched biography of royal family life during englands second tudor monarch san francisco chronicle. His current king, henry vii, was very much upset over the death of his son.
Here, five books contributing editor benedict king chooses five of the best books to help you get to grips with the real thomas cromwell and the political and. Aug 24, 2018 i loved alison weirs biography of henry viii. Set in the period from 1500 to 1535, wolf hall is a sympathetic fictionalised biography documenting the rapid rise to power of thomas cromwell in the court of henry. Fictional account of the life of king henry viii s first wife, katharine of aragon. The fifth queen by ford madox ford i love this book. The facts of henry viiis life and reign were more astonishing, poignant and outlandish than the plot twists of most fiction. The surprising and dramatic life of the least known of king henry viiis wives is illuminated in the fourth volume in the six tudor queens seriesfor fans of. A brilliantly written and meticulously researched biography of royal family life during englands second tudor monarch san francisco chronicle. Margaret george tells the story from the point of view of henry viii, and his fool, will somers. In the court of henry viii when young and beautiful catherine howard becomes the fifth wife of fifty year old king henry viii, she seems to be on top of the world. Tudor fiction books for kids kids books set in tudor. In addition to this, she has authored many historical pitkin guides, titles including king henry viii, mary queen of scots, and the six wives of henry viii.
Read the other tudors by philippa jones available from rakuten kobo. This edition contains an excerpt from alison weirs mary boleyn. From this starting point in henry viii, the king and his court, biographer extraordinare alison weir reveals a henry viii far different from the obese, turkeyleg gnawing, womanizing tyrant who has gone down in history. Though henry viii was portrayed as the worst ruler in england, this books gives in a different perspective. You might also enjoy the reign of henry viii by david starkey or his virtuous prince, which concentrates exclusively on henrys youth and teenage years, as does young henry by robert hutchinson. Originally published in 1949, this classic historical fiction novel remains one of the best portraits of the notorious anne boleyn, second wife of henry viii and mother of elizabeth i. The six wives of henry viii by alison weir, paperback. Everybody thinks they know the tale of king henry viiis wives. He had many children, the most well known being elizabeth i and mary i, great queens of england. Henry viii, king and court is a superb book, especially if youre interested in the small details of everyday life at court. I purchased this book to read along while watching the king john and henry viii on dvd from the collection of the complete works of shakespeares plays which was produced by the bbc in 1978 through 1985. You might also enjoy the reign of henry viii by david starkey or his virtuous prince, which concentrates exclusively on henry s youth and teenage years, as does young henry by robert hutchinson. Henry viii chapter 1, a hetalia axis powers fanfic. Tudor royal fiction novels about henry viii and his.
Henry viii, king of england, 14911547 fiction the blanket of the dark 1931, by john buchan text in australia. Less wellknown than his fiery, impulsive son and successor, henry viii who famously had a taste for lavish feasts, expensive wars, and for disposing of his wives, henry viis reign was conversely characterised by thrift. Books about henry viii, king of england, 1491 1547 what. Favorite historical novels on henry viiis 6 wives 40 books. This book is a wonderful example of historical fiction, as it provides an intriguing perspective of the reign of king henry viii of england from one who would have known it well, margaret pole, the countess of salisbury. Henry viii, renowned for his command of power, celebrated for his intellect, presided over the most stylish. There are many myths, legends, and stories behind the reign of king henry viii of england. Aug 27, 2007 a great historical fiction book on henry viii is the autobiography of henry viii.
During the tudor period, arguably one of the most exciting times in history, one family dominated the country with two of the strongest monarchs ever to sit on the throne, henry viii and elizabeth i. Henry was the second monarch of the house of tudor, succeeding his father, henry vii. The life of henry viii with the love letters of henry viii to anne boleyn fully annotated with page numberings based on new. The best books on henry vii five books expert recommendations. Over the next 15 years, while henry fought three wars with france, catherine. An entertaining novel narrated by the king himself. Beautifully written, exhaustive in its research, it is a gem. Phillipa gregory, hillary mantel, antonia fraser, et al. Fictional account of the life of king henry viiis first wife, katharine of aragon. Henry viii, renowned for his command of power, celebrated for his intellect, presided over.
The mirror and the lightthe final instalment of hilary mantels epic trilogy covering the life of thomas cromwell, henry viiis chief minister and architect of the english reformationwas published to great acclaim this month. An extraordinary novel that brings into vivid focus the largerthanlife king henry viii, monarch of prodigious appetites for wine, women, and song. I thought it would be fun to compare henry viii, as created in tv series, the tudors, with accounts of the real king. Fiction t english familysupernatural king henry viii chapters.
Henry emerges as a politician quite incapable of thinking strategically, but blown hither and thither by events. He was lord, and later king of ireland and claimant to the kingdom of france. He was created prince of wales in 1503, following the death of his elder brother, arthur. Few books strike me as deeply imagined, most walk over familiar ground pavane is a true original. Ford uses the life of henry viiis fifth queen to explore the culture of fear, treachery, and paranoia which characterized the tudor court. King henry s death is looming, his throne in the hands of his son but a mysterious figure emerges from the shadows sent to show henry the errors of his ways. A medical explanation for the tyranny of henry viii by kyra cornelius kramer is an interesting read.
Evelyn anthony provides an interesting account of the courtship between anne boleyn and king henry viii, from the summer day when henry first laid eyes on the beautiful anne in the rose garden of heber castle to the passionate affair they shared. List of books and articles about henry viii online research. Follow henry on his journey from his past to his childrens future. A prolific writer, angela royston is the author of numerous nonfiction books for children, ranging from preschool to middle grade readers. The favorite novels of henry viii s wives score a book s total score is based on multiple factors, including the number of people who have voted for it and how highly those voters ranked the book. Books on thomas cromwell five books expert recommendations. Oct 29, 2002 for fans of wolf hall, alison weirs new york times bestselling biography of henry viii brilliantly brings to life the king, the court, and the fascinating men and women who vied for its pleasures and rewards. He was, of course, the founder of the dynasty and father to henry viii but he was also one of. This book provides a very convincing picture that that assessment is woefully at odds with the reality.
Henry viii chapter 1, a hetalia axis powers fanfic fanfiction. The spanish author of the chronicle of king henry viii, a partisan, despite his nationality, of the king, puts the onus of first proposing a divorce on wolseys shoulders. The cobler turned courtier, being a pleasant humour between king henry the eighth and a. Anne boleyn, six wives and henry viii book list the anne. The marriage of henry fitzroy to mary howard henry fitzroy is often seen as the forgotten son. The tempestuous, bloody, and splendid reign of henry viii of england 15091547 is one of the most fascinating in all history, not least for his marriage to six extraordinary women. Sep 02, 2019 these are the most interesting, engaging, and fascinating nonfiction books of the six wives of henry viii, and why you should be reading them. Henry viii is widely agreed to be one of the greatest of english monarchs. See also whats at your library, or elsewhere broader terms. For fans of wolf hall, alison weirs new york times bestselling biography of henry viii brilliantly brings to life the king, the court, and the fascinating men and women who vied for its pleasures and rewards. Catherine of aragon, anne boleyn, jane seymour, anne of cleves, catherine howard, catherine parr inspiration for hit tv series nookbook history the tudors. If youre a fan of historical fiction books, youll love this list of recent releases that take place during the tudor period. Wolf hall by hilary mantel, the other boleyn girl by philippa gregory.
Popular books in drama, history, fiction and literature. He was, of course, the founder of the dynasty and father to henry viii but he was also one of the most unlikely kings england has had. The plays, king john and henry viii are among the minor and least wellknown of the plays written by shakespeare. These are the most interesting, engaging, and fascinating nonfiction books of the six wives of henry viii, and why you should be reading them. This is a list of nonfiction books about the tudors and tudor england that i have referred to when researching posts and articles for my site. Historical fiction bibliography history henry vii, king of england, 14571509 isabella i, queen of spain, 14511504 ferdinand v, king of spain, 14521516 widows henry viii, king of england, 14911547 catharine, of aragon, queen, consort of henry viii, king of england, 14851536 great britain queens. Henry viii took the throne at age 17 and married catherine of aragon six weeks later. Online shopping for king henry viii from a great selection at books store. King henrys death is looming, his throne in the hands of his son but a mysterious figure emerges from the shadows sent to show henry the errors of his ways. Fiction history henry viii, king of england, 14911547 englandlondon lawyers catharine parr, queen, consort of henry viii. Tudor fiction books for kids kids books set in tudor times. Well written in the words of henry the eighth and comments from will the jester.
Henry viii of england books list of books by author. Books about henry vii as expected from a website dedicated to henry vii, we are particularly interested in books which discuss the life and times of the first tudor monarch. These come in all shapes and sizes, from academic textbooks to popular history works, and can cover his entire life or only part of his reign. The books of king henry viii and his wives is a companion volume to carleys the libraries of king henry viii, a more approachable and much shorter general introduction. King henry viii would notoriously marry six womenand while we know how the story ends, have you ever wondered how it began. Either annulled, executed, died in childbirth, or widowed, these were the wellknown fates of the six queens during the tempestuous, bloody, and splendid reign of henry viii of england from 1509 to 1547.
A great nonfiction book on henry viii the king and his court by alison weir. This book does not read like a novel, but a fast moving, accurate, interesting biography of henry, his wives and the times they lived in. She succeeds masterfully in making henry and his six wives. The autobiography of henry viii margaret george a walk into the realms of the 16th century. At his death in 1547, king henry viii left four heirs to the english throne. Best nonfiction books about tudor england 206 books. Nov 16, 2011 henry viii, king and court is a superb book, especially if youre interested in the small details of everyday life at court. In this accessible work of brilliant scholarship, alison weir draws on early biographies, letters, memoirs, account books, and diplomatic reports to bring these. Henry viii, 14911547, king of england 150947, second son and successor of henry vii. Set in the period from 1500 to 1535, wolf hall is a sympathetic fictionalised biography documenting the rapid rise to power of thomas cromwell in the court of henry viii through to the death of sir thomas more. Henry was known for having an easy to trigger temper, and for moving. Wolf hall by hilary mantel, the other boleyn girl by philippa gregory, bring up the bodies by hilary mantel, the boleyn inhe. Im not a huge of fan of tudor historical fiction, so there arent any on this list. Henry embodied the renaissance ideal of a man of many talentsmusician, composer, linguist, scholar, sportsman, warrior.2 245 866 821 465 1437 1250 64 1277 1184 1297 456 261 164 1437 968 604 1509 1073 987 1514 1320 805 1190 652 693 1472 495 163 623 447 667