Cover image for Henry VIII and the men who made him
Title:
Henry VIII and the men who made him
ISBN:
9780802128430
Personal Author:
Edition:
First Grove Atlantic edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2019.

©2018
Physical Description:
498 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Summary:
Presents a portrait of Henry VIII through the lens of his relationships with the men who surrounded him--companions, confidants, servants, ministers, and rivals--and explores how they impacted his life and historic reign.
Genre:
Holds:

Available:*

Library
Material Type
Call Number
Status
Searching...
Book 923.1 Henry
Searching...
Searching...
Book 923.1 Henry
Searching...
Searching...
Book 923.1 Henry
Searching...
Searching...
Book 923.1 Henry
Searching...
Searching...
Book 923.1 Henry
Searching...
Searching...
Book 923.1 Henry
Searching...
Searching...
Book 923.1 Henry
Searching...
Searching...
Book 923.1 Henry
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Summary

Henry VIII is best known in history for his tempestuous marriages and the fates of his six wives. However, as acclaimed historian Tracy Borman makes clear in her illuminating new chronicle of Henry's life, his reign and reputation were hugely influenced by the men who surrounded and interacted with him as companions and confidants, servants and ministers, and occasionally as rivals--many of whom have been underplayed in previous biographies.

These relationships offer a fresh, often surprising perspective on the legendary king, revealing the contradictions in his beliefs, behavior, and character in a nuanced light. They show him capable of fierce but seldom abiding loyalty, of raising men up only to destroy them later. He loved to be attended by boisterous young men, the likes of his intimate friend Charles Brandon, who shared his passion for sport, but could also be diverted by men of intellect, culture, and wit, as his longstanding interplay with Cardinal Wolsey and his reluctant abandonment of Thomas More attest. Eager to escape the shadow of his father, Henry VII, he was often trusting and easily led by male attendants and advisors early in his reign (his coronation was just shy of his 18th birthday in 1509); in time, though, he matured into a profoundly suspicious and paranoid king whose ruthlessness would be ever more apparent, as Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk and uncle to two of Henry's wives, discovered to his great discomfort, and as Eustace Chapuys, the ambassador of Charles V of Spain, often reported.

Recounting the great Tudor's life and signal moments through the lens of his male relationships, Tracy Borman's new biography reveals Henry's personality in all its multi-faceted, contradictory glory, and sheds fresh light on his reign for anyone fascinated by the Tudor era and its legacy.


Author Notes

Tracy Borman is a British writer and historian. She studied and taught history at the University of Hull and was awarded a Ph. D in 1997. Tracy is now Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust, a charity that encourages children to visit and learn from historic properties. She has recently been appointed Interim Chief Curator for Historic Royal Palaces, the charity that manages Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and the Banqueting House, Whitehall. Her works include: Elizabeth's Women: The Hidden Story of the Virgin Queen, Henrietta Howard: King's Mistress, Queen's Servant, and Witches: A Tale of Sorcery, Scandal and Seduction.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Borman (Thomas Cromwell) essentially puts aside Henry VIII's notorious and well-hashed relationships with women in favor of showcasing stories of the advisers and servants who surrounded the intelligent, mercurial king. Henry relied on these men for everything from privy concerns to matters of state, but betrayals and a series of escalating backstabbing, power-grabbing maneuvers helped transform him from a jovial, fresh-faced king into an aging, paranoid caricature. The tumultuous careers of the four Thomases-Wolsey, Cromwell, Cranmer, and More-help frame the detailed narrative, but Borman also elaborates on lower-status figures such as Will Somer, the beloved fool; trusted royal physician William Butts; and the Reformation-minded court painter Hans Holbein the Younger. While such a large cast of figures could easily allow some to get lost, Borman's enjoyable narrative revisits many of these men over a span of several years, noting major events or deaths, the latter of which Henry sometimes hastened. Borman's astute analysis of Henry's personality demonstrates how both low-born and noble advisers affected his reign. It's generally agreed that to be a woman in Henry's circle was to throw caution to the wind in hopes of great reward; Borman's ambitious narrative shows that being a man in Henry's court could be just as fraught-and fascinating. Agent: George Lucas, InkWell Management. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Do we know enough about England's most famous king? Popular historian Borman (The Private Lives of the Tudors, 2017) obviously thinks not. Her beautifully perceptive and dynamic reassessment of Henry VIII places emphasis, as the book's subtitle indicates, not on the monarch's infamous marriages but rather on the kaleidoscope of male figures both high- and middle-born who were drawn to the king throughout his life as moths circle a bright flame. Borman closely analyzes Henry's complicated relationships with friends and rivals, both those who influenced his course through his formative years and those who came on board the Henry train later in his reign, proffering important advice but at the same time risking the ire of the increasingly despotic king. Readers will be intrigued by Borman's tales of the interactions between the king and Charles Brandon, Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas More, Eustace Chapuys, and Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk. Here in this highly engrossing biography, the notoriously larger-than-life English monarch, seen from an original and revealing perspective, lives anew in full color and in the epic proportions he so well deserves. For all Tudor enthusiasts.--Brad Hooper Copyright 2018 Booklist


Excerpts

Excerpts

Remarkable though Henry's marital history is, it is not what defines him. Far more influential than the women in his life were the men with whom he was surrounded. Although he was raised in a predominantly female household, the overbearing, often suffocating, presence of his father Henry VII dominated his early years. The sudden death of his elder brother Arthur at the age of just fifteen propelled Henry into the limelight, and, once king, he gathered around him a coterie of high-spirited young men to keep him entertained. During the course of his thirty-seven-year reign, he would attract some of the brightest minds of the sixteenth century: from omnipotent councilors such as Cardinal Wolsey and Thomas Cromwell to the renowned scholars Thomas More and Desiderius Erasmus, and the arrogant, ruthless members of the aristocracy, such as the dukes of Buckingham and Norfolk. In his private domain, meanwhile, he was attended by an array of different men: servants, barbers, physicians, fools and other lesser known characters whose job it was to attend to Henry's every need, to entertain him and to listen to his confidences. It was these men who shaped Henry into the man--and monster--that he would become. And he, in turn, dictated their fates. This book will tell the story of England's most famous monarch through the lens of the men who surrounded him, drawing in the many and varied characters at appropriate points in the narrative. As such, it will provide a fresh perspective on this much-studied monarch: a biography from the outside in. Excerpted from Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him by Tracy Borman All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.


Table of Contents

Preface: 'The son was born to a greater destiny'p. 1
Introduction: The changeableness of this king'p. 5
Chapter 1 The king's second born son'p. 9
Chapter 2 'Having no affection or fancy unto him'p. 37
Chapter 3 'Lusty bachelors'p. 62
Chapter 4 'His Majesty's second self'p. 84
Chapter 5 The servant is not greater than his lord'p. 99
Chapter 6 'Youths of evil counsel'p. 115
Chapter 7 The most rascally beggar in the world'p. 146
Chapter 8 The inconstantness of princes' favour'p. 178
Chapter 9 The man who enjoys most credit with the king'p. 202
Chapter 10 'I shall the today and you tomorrow'p. 236
Chapter 11 'Resisting evil counsellors'p. 249
Chapter 12 'Every man here is for himself'p. 286
Chapter 13 'A goodly prince'p. 309
Chapter 14 'The greatest wretch ever born in England'p. 330
Chapter 15 'He has not been the same man'p. 362
Chapter 16 'My dearest son in Christ'p. 375
Chapter 17 'I have been young, and now am old'p. 403
Epilogue 'Some special man'p. 419
Acknowledgementsp. 429
Author's notep. 431
Abbreviationsp. 431
Bibliographyp. 433
Notesp. 443
Indexp. 473
Picture acknowledgementsp. 499