Henry VIII and the men who made him: The secret history behind the Tudor throne

Henry VIII and the men who made him: The secret history behind the Tudor throne Review

'An outstanding work of historical artistry, a brilliantly woven and pacy story of the men who surrounded, influenced and sometimes plagued Henry VIII.' Alison Weir

Henry VIII is well known for his tumultuous relationships with women, and he is often defined by his many marriages. But what do we see if we take a different look? When we see Henry through the men in his life, a new perspective on this famous king emerges...

Henry's relationships with the men who surrounded him reveal much about his beliefs, behaviour and character. They show him to be capable of fierce, but seldom abiding loyalty; of raising men only to destroy them later. He loved to be attended and entertained by boisterous young men who shared his passion for sport, but at other times he was more diverted by men of intellect, culture and wit. Often trusting and easily led by his male attendants and advisers during the early years of his reign, he matured into a profoundly suspicious and paranoid king whose favour could be suddenly withdrawn, as many of his later servants found to their cost. His cruelty and ruthlessness would become ever more apparent as his reign progressed, but the tenderness that he displayed towards those he trusted proves that he was never the one-dimensional monster that he is often portrayed as.

In this fascinating and often surprising new biography, Tracy Borman reveals Henry's personality in all its multi-faceted, contradictory glory.

Title:Henry VIII and the men who made him: The secret history behind the Tudor throne

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Beata

    I requested this book for at least three reasons. The first one was that I enjoy Tracy Borman's ways of presenting history and having read some of her books, I am still a fan of hers. The second reaso...

  • Thomas

    3.5 stars rounded up to 4.Thanx you Grove Atlantic for sending me this eARC through NetGalley. It is a solid biographical study of the men who served Henry the VIII. Most books about this period focus...

  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)

    This review can also be found on my blog!I received an ARC through Netgalley and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.This is probably the first book that’s purely about Henry (in a way) that ...

  • Joyce

    5 starsI read the Kindle edition.“You shall, in your counsel-giving unto his grace, ever tell him what he ought to do…For if (a) Lion knew his own strength, hard were it for any man to rule him....

  • Sarah Bryson

    Tracy Borman’s book on Henry VIII was a refreshing look at one of England’s most controversial Kings. So often when books examine the life of Henry VIII they study the King through his relationshi...

  • Janet

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- Henry VIII is best known in history for his tempestuous marriages and the...

  • Melisende d'Outremer

    Much to the ire of Tudorphiles everywhere - I did not find this especially enlightening. And like Oliver Twist - I wanted more and was left wanting....

  • Lissa

    It is hard to find new history books on Henry VIII that explore any new instances in his life. What this book does different is focus on his male relationships and those that were exploited for power ...

  • Helen Carolan

    An excellent read as usual from Ms Borman detailing the men who shaped Henry 8th. Many men passed through his life some more important than others. Statesmen, tutors,friends and his father all played ...

  • John Reid

    Seventy-odd years ago as children going to school, we surveyed Holbein’s famous painting of Henry VIII standing there, tallish for his day, red bearded, broad shouldered, deep chested, in ‘party d...