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Henry Virtuous Prince [EPUB] ✼ Henry Virtuous Prince By David Starkey – Buyprobolan50.co.uk The highly anticipated biography of Henry VIII's early life Published to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Henry's accession to the throne 'Henry Virtuous Prince' is a radical re evaluation of th The highly anticipated biography of Henry VIII's early life Published to coincide with the th anniversary of Henry's accession to the throne 'Henry Virtuous Prince' is a radical re evaluation of the monarchy's most enduring icon Henry VIII was Britain's most powerful monarch yet he was not born to rule Thrust into the limelight after the sudden death of his elder brother Prince Arthur Henry ascended the throne in marking the beginning of a reign that altered the course of Henry Virtuous MOBI :º English history In his youth Henry was highly intelligent athletic and musically talented He excelled in Latin and Mathematics and was an accomplished musician On his accession to the throne aged just seventeen after the tumultuous rule of his father he provided England with hope of a new beginning Nobody could have foreseen how radical Henry's rule would prove to be Often overshadowed by the bloody saga of his six marriages his reign has left a lasting legacy An absolute monarch Henry's uest for fame was as obsessive as any modern celebrityHis fierce battles against Papal authority mark one of the most dramatic and defining moments in the history of Britain Yet his early life was insecure The Tudor regime was viewed by many as rule by usurpers and the dark shadows of the Wars of the Roses often threatened to tear England apart once The culmination of a lifetime's research David Starkey gives a radical and unforgettable portrait of the man behind the icon; the Renaissance prince turned tyrant who continues to tower over history.


10 thoughts on “Henry Virtuous Prince

  1. fourtriplezed fourtriplezed says:

    Abysmal I am shocked how poor this book is The author David Starkey I have seen on several television documentaries and have always enjoyed them for what they are popular history that those without the need to read can enjoy Yes he comes across as a sanctimonious pompous know all but he at least told a good story This my first read of any of his books has left me cold I could not wait to finish this as it was so poorly presented and so badly written as to be of little use to the serious scholar interested in the youthful Henry VIII The introduction alone should have had the alarm bells ringing as we get a faecal matter joke Seriously? Onwards and upwards this reader thought Nope There is constant supposition with poorly backed footnotes nor a bibliography I might add and some of the most pompous prose I have ever read Take this for example when a very young Prince Henry is made Duke of York by his father “What if anything did the three and half year Henry understand of all this and remember? The higher symbolism – of physical cleansing spiritual purification sleep and awakening as a renewed man – would have been beyond him as indeed it was probably beyond adult fellow postulants as well Perhaps instead the even lingered in his memory as a series of intense sensory experiences cold and heat; wetting and being towelled dry; the scratchy fabric of his hermits gown; the mysterious gloom of the chapel in the small hours and the weariness of staying up later than he’d ever done before; and in the morning the exhilaration of showing once that he could ride all by himself” And it don’t finish there We get another 124 words of dribble about his nurse his mistress and women vigils and watches and other complete rot that is utterly superfluous to the story of his dukedom and the machinations behind it And the analogies When discussing William Compton Henry VIII’s Groom of the Stool Starkey compares their relationship to Sancho Panza and Don uixote Figaro and Count Almaviva and Jeeves and Wooster “to play the rear legs and be the brains of the enterprise” In the introduction Starkey makes it clear that this is a book on the youthful Henry VIII and as such is titled Henry Virtuous Prince I suspect that he has bitten of than he could chew because this book should have finished with his crowning as king Instead it is padded out with his life up to the coming of Thomas Wolsey The last chapter comes to an abrupt halt while discussing Wolsey and is so sudden a short meaningless sentence to the future is at the end that I would have thought that even forgiving readers than me may have been surprised In the end a terrible book and for anyone interested in the fascinating life of Henry VIII steer well clear of this pretentious drivel


  2. Pete daPixie Pete daPixie says:

    'Henry Virtuous Prince' published 2008 is the first book that I have read by this author Starkey is not just a famous writer on the Tudor period but is a well known media personality here in the UK His popular television productions also feature this dynasty ie 'The Six Wives of Henry VIII' and 'Henry VIIIThe Mind of a Tyrant' He was also an advisor to 'The Tudors' a tv series I found to be simplistic and riddled with historical inaccuracy From Starkey's many television and radio appearances the man comes across to me as a highly opinionated loathsome spotted reptile I have endeavoured to not let this feeling get in the way of my review of this book No reallyI agree with the author when he writes that there were two Henrys the old and the young but isn't that the case with us all? therefore the idea behind this book a study of the young prince is valid However I found this part biography to be somewhat concise and far from the 'magisterial biography of Henry's early life' that the dust cover purports Although it contains 370 pages of text the font is Janet and John size His brief summation of the Wars of the Roses contains some slander of characters who fortunately for Mr Starkey have been dead for some six hundred years and cannot sue for defamation He is either overly biased in his views or too reliant on Shakespearian propaganda In too many instances throughout this book I found the narrative wanting Too shallow and lacking in detail and primary source evidenceHaving said that if Starkey were to publish 'Henry VIIIThe Mind of a Tyrant' I could still be interested


  3. Dimitri Dimitri says:

    Youth ends where marriage and fatherhood begin Starkey's definition is sensible enough and all though he may make a psychological assumption too many where the source material gets sketchy his easy going narrative style befits the theatrical nature of Tudor kingship We see Henry growing up in a female household separated from his older brother the carefully groomed Crown Prince but not lacking neither attention or a rounded upbringing Indeed the overall impression is the status of Second Son as a luxury; all the perks none of the obligations Between an old fashioned flowery Latin teacher and the starker humanist of Erasmus via Thomas Moore Henry knew his classics Tall and naturally heavy set like a wrestler Philip of France nurtured his love of jousting all tough for the safety of the dynasty he was mostly confined to staking rings with precision rather than duelling with sword and lance It's a very optimistic biography which whether you like it or not contains almost no hints at the goudy tyrant of later years Starkey remains wedded to his verdict in the introduction to Six Wives Henry expected his marriages to make him happy in a very 20th century fashion The only veiled allusion is the contrast between him and his father The former was a money saver who never forgot that he won his throne by force The latter was a big spender who aspired to greatness by the standard of late medieval kingship


  4. Dimitri Dimitri says:

    Youth ends where marriage and fatherhood begin Starkey's definition is sensible enough and all though he may make a psychological assumption too many where the source material gets sketchy his easy going narrative style befits the theatrical nature of Tudor kingship We see Henry growing up in a female household separated from his older brother the carefully groomed Crown Prince but not lacking neither attention or a rounded upbringing Indeed the overall impression is the status of Second Son as a luxury; all the perks none of the obligations Between an old fashioned flowery Latin teacher and the starker humanist of Erasmus via Thomas Moore Henry knew his classics Tall and naturally heavy set like a wrestler Philip of France nurtured his love of jousting all tough for the safety of the dynasty he was mostly confined to staking rings with precision rather than duelling with sword and lance It's a very optimistic biography which whether you like it or not contains almost no hints at the goudy tyrant of later years Starkey remains wedded to his verdict in the introduction to Six Wives Henry expected his marriages to make him happy in a very 20th century fashion The only veiled allusion is the contrast between him and his father The former was a money saver who never forgot that he won his throne by force The latter was a big spender who aspired to greatness by the standard of late medieval kingship


  5. Kavita Kavita says:

    Henry VIII and David Starkey this book had to be a topper And it was Not only did it give some background information on the War of the Roses for the uninitiated but as a major Henry fan all the information about baby Henry's christening infant Henry's creation as Duke of York little Henry and his love for jousting and teenage Henry inheriting the throne was a fabulous read


  6. Margaret Margaret says:

    An interesting look at Henry VIII but before he was king A look at Prince Henry from birth to the rise of Cardinal WolseyInteresting A big plus for me was that I learned a few things about the Tudors that I hadn't known before so that always endears a book to meRecommended if you are interested in the nurturing of the man who became arguably England's most notorious monarch


  7. Jana Jana says:

    The I read about Henry the I view him as a character uite close to 21 century`s ambitionsStarkey may be a posh ass and his writing in this one isn't really top notch though what I esp like about his books is the vast factual knowledgeGiven all the context from his entire lifespan few things are pretty clear to me He wasn't brought up to be king and thus became much entitled later on He lived as a royal child in the household of his mother and enjoyed the benefits that come with that He wasn't really changed after 1536 The alleged contrast between the younger and older henry stems from the fact that Henry became King when he was a teenager His entitlement was fueled by insecurity as the Tudor claim wasn't the best per se and the his father had to stand his ground Their legacy wasn't secure at allMaybe for this reason he wanted to approach this problem bigger and better than Henry VII The goodness during his youth soon faded with the responsibilities that come with being KingHe didn't like council meetings he prefered sports and hunting understandably so in his age tbh When Wolsey came to court and assisted him all of his ambitions soon came to a hold and changed for the better or worse nor was he really Sir loyal heart towards Catherine The fact that they stayed together the longest doesn't imply anything annulling the marriage to her wasn't an option yet He wanted to have an affair with Anne Stafford during Catherine's first pregnancy and he soon came to have mistresses along the way he wasn't crazy he had ulcerus legs became fat and bald and had no heir Welcome to midlife crisis


  8. Kristin Davison Kristin Davison says:

    An interesting look into the younger Henry I'm looking forward to seeing the author speak tonight


  9. C C says:

    This is authored by the renowned UK historian who is currently the curator of a special Henry VIII exhibition at the British Library at least as of August 2009 I have read some of his other books and what I consistently find refreshing about his writing is that it reads like a narrative story than the usual dry historical biographies


  10. Elysium Elysium says:

    I like that the book concentrates in time before Henry became king or seeks divorce from KatherineBut I find his writing style annoying It also made me think that does he think he's Henry or his best fiend?


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