Henry VIII: King and Court

  • by Alison Weir
  • Narrated by Phyllida Nash
  • 25 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This magnificent biography of Henry VIII is set against the cultural, social and political background of his court - the most spectacular court ever seen in England - and the splendour of his many sumptuous palaces. An entertaining narrative packed with colourful description and a wealth of anecdotal evidence but also a comprehensive analytical study of the development of both monarch and court during a crucial period in English history. As well as challenging some recent theories, it offers controversial new conclusions based on contemporary evidence that has until now been overlooked. This is a triumph of historical writing which will appeal equally to the general listener and the serious historian.

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Informative and absorbing biography

The author is not only a historical scholar but also an engaging writer as displayed by this impressive biography of a complex and erratic monarch. The Tudors have had many books written about them, and Henry VIII and his many wives have held particular fascination. The author has written a book about the wives and so has mainly only dealt with how the King’s relationships with them had far reaching consequences for the political and religious balance and the status and power of the various aristocratic factions.

The corrupting influence of absolute power is illustrated as Henry’s early days of promise deteriorated into excess, vanity and unpredictability. Power that encouraged the political and social rivalries among the aristocractic families and exposed the dangers of being close to the King.

Henry’s transformation from Defender of the Catholic Faith to excommunicated enemy of the Vatican and the ever-changing alliances and conflicts among the countries and monarchs of Europe are explored in detail.

The first few hours of the recording describe much domestic detail about Henry’s properties, his recreational past times and the social protocols of a monarchy and contain many lists and prices, which are illuminating if you are interested in how the aristocracy and royals lived at the time: which was very comfortably if you managed to keep you head!

I enjoyed this book and learnt more about this period in history aided by a lively style of writing and an excellent narrator.
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- Kirstine

Interesting biography superbly narrated

Thank you Audible for having Phyllida Nash to read this. Alison Weir's text is well studied, clear and easy to follow and Phyllida Nash brings it to life.
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- Marjo

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-05-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios