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Young Henry: The Rise of Henry VIII (Hardcover)

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    Set during the same years of Henry VIIIís life as The Tudors, this book charts his rise as a magnificent and ruthless monarch

    Immortalized as a domineering king, notorious philanderer, and the unlikely benefactor of a......more

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Set during the same years of Henry VIIIís life as The Tudors, this book charts his rise as a magnificent and ruthless monarch

Immortalized as a domineering king, notorious philanderer, and the unlikely benefactor of a new church, Henry VIII became a legend during his own reign. Who, though, was the young royal who would grow up to become Englandís most infamous ruler? Robert Hutchinsonís Young Henry examines Henry Tudorís childhood beginnings and subsequent rise to power in the most intimate retelling of his early life to date.

While Henryís elder brother Arthur was scrupulously groomed for the crown by their autocratic father, the ten-year-old ďspare heirĒ enjoyed a more carefree childhood, given prestige and power without the looming pressures of the throne. Everything changed for the young prince, though, when his brother died. Henry was nine weeks shy of his eighteenth birthday when he inherited both his brotherís widow and the crown.

As King, Henry preferred magnificence and merriment to his royal responsibilities, sweeping away the musty cobwebs of his father's court with feasting, dancing, and sport. Frustrated, too, by the seeming inability of his wife, Katherine of Aragon, to produce an heir, Henry turned his attention to a prospective second queen whose name would endure as long as his: Anne Boleyn. With the king still lacking a successor by the age of 35, however, the time for youthful frolic had come to an end.

Divorcing his wife and the Catholic Church, executing his lover and his violent will, Henry charged forward on a scandalous path of terrifying self-indulgence from which there was no turning back. Young Henry is an illuminating portrait of this tyrannical yet groundbreaking kingóbefore he transformed his country, and the face of the monarchy, irrevocably.

ROBERT HUTCHINSON is a historian, archaeologist, and broadcast journalist, most recently chairing the media division of Britainís Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee. Hutchinson has written several books on the history of the Tudors, including Last Days of Henry VIII, Elizabethís Spymaster, and Thomas Cromwell: The Rise and Fall of Henry VIIIís Most Notorious Minister, as well as contributing to The History Channelís Inside the Body of Henry VIII. He lives in England.

Author:
Hutchinson, Robert
Genre:
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Royalty
Audience:
General/trade
Edition Detail:
Reprint
Format:
Hardcover
Pages:
356
Language:
English
Publisher:
Thomas Dunne Books
Publish Date:
10/30/2012
Copyright Year:
2012
ISBN:
9781250012616
Height:
9.5 in
Wdth:
6.5 in
Thickness:
1.25 in
Unit weight:
1.3 lb
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