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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Alison Weir's "Mary
Henry VIII, renowned for his command of power, celebrated for his
intellect, presided over the most stylish--and dangerous--court in
Renaissance Europe. Scheming cardinals vied for power with newly
rich landowners and merchants, brilliant painters and architects
introduced a new splendor into art and design, and each of Henry's
six queens brought her own influence to bear upon the life of the
court. In her new book, Alison Weir, author of the finest royal
chronicles of our time, brings to vibrant life the turbulent,
complex figure of Henry VIII and the glittering court he made his
In an age when a monarch's domestic and political lives were
inextricably intertwined, a king as powerful and brilliant as Henry
VIII exercised enormous sway over the laws, the customs, and the
culture of his kingdom. Yet as Weir shows in this swift, vivid
narrative, Henry's ministers, nobles, and wives were formidable
figures in their own right, whose influence both enhanced and
undermined the authority of the throne. On a grand stage rich in
pageantry, intrigue, passion, and luxury, Weir records the many
complex human dramas that swirled around Henry, while deftly
weaving in an account of the intimate rituals and desires of
England's ruling class--their sexual practices, feasts and sports,
tastes in books and music, houses and gardens.
Stimulating and tumultuous, the court of Henry VIII attracted the
finest minds and greatest beauties in Renaissance England--poets
Wyatt and Surrey, the great portraitist Hans Holbein, feasting
ladies like Elizabeth Blount and Elizabeth FitzWalter, the newly
rich Boleyn family and the ancient aristocratic clans like the
Howards and the Percies, along with the entourages and connections
that came and went with each successive wife. The interactions
between these individuals, and the terrible ends that befell so
many of them, make Henry VIII: The King and His Court an absolutely
Meticulous in historic detail, narrated with high style and grand
drama, Alison Weir brilliantly brings to life the king, the court,
and the fascinating men and women who vied for its pleasures and
NOTE: This edition does not contain illustrations.
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