Henry VIII and the men who made him: The secret history behind the Tudor throne
'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...more
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 on his six wives or Henry the VIII. The author has done an impressive amount of research, quoting extensively from primary sources, letters, diaries, official records, etc.
Henry the VIII was obsessed with producing a male heir to carry on his reign. His father had ended a civil war and Henry the V ...more
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 I really liked. Earlier this year, I read Henry VIII: The King and His Court by Alison Weir, which was a complete disaster. So, I was hopeful that this one would be better. It definitely was!
Borman takes the stance that Henry is such an enigma — and he is; he’s a hard man to capture because he was so ...more
Tracy Borman’s most recent entry into the history of the Tudors, “Henry VIII and the men who made him: The secret history behind the Tudor throne” is a good solid work of non-fiction. It joins her previous book about the Tudor dynasty, “Elizabeth's Women: Friends, Rivals, and Foes Who Shaped the Virgin Queen” and it does a serviceable job of painting the picture of Henry’s court and the myriads of men surrounding him throughout his life. Unfortunately for me, it paints the pictur ...more
I 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.” – Sir Thomas More
This is a wonderful history of the men who surrounded King Henry VIII. Born both high and low, these men surely shaped the king’s reign through their influence with him. They were advisors, courtiers, friends, servants – and even his rivals.
While most often remembered for his split wit ...more
I have always wanted Penman to continue from her Sunne in Splendour and have been disappointed in the attempts of authors who have ventured to touch on the reigns that followed Bosworth. I was relieved to find one who stood out.
Tracy Borman’s take on Henry VIII was refreshing, interesting, which one might e ...more
From the publisher ---
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 occasionall ...more
Henry was not meant to be king, as th ...more
“Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived”
Thus goes the old mantra on how to remember what happened to Henry VIII’s six wives. It is accepted as fact that his marital intrigues were all about begetting a male heir, to bolster and shore up the shaky claim the Tudors had on the throne.
Most books on Henry deal with the man’s marital status, but this one is different. The author looks at the king from a viewpoint rarely if ...more
Divorced, beheaded, survived.
This oft-repeated rhyme is what many first think of when the name of Henry VIII is mentioned. Thanks to their impact, the conflicts between Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon, and Anne Boleyn is probably the most famous segment of English history outside of World War II. New biographies and novels centered upon one or more of the six wives of Henry VIII come out every year, and each of those queens-- particularly Catherine of Aragon and Anne Bol ...more
The focus is indeed on the men surrounding Henry, an approach that I found very intriguing. Though interesting, informative and obviously well-researched, I disliked the author's at times too subjective, strongly expressed or oversimplified conclusions.
I prefer more historical background information and nuance in a biograph ...more
There were so many men around Henry VIII, I lost my count at Cromwell. Some of them were so memorable, they made their way into The Tudors TV series. Some of them deserved a mere paragraph in Borman’s book. However, all of them together is what made Henry VIII who he was and vice versa.
I have read a lo ...more
The strengths of the books are that I learned a lot a ...more
A good deal of time is spent on the "major players" of the Tudor court such as Wolsey, Cromwell, and the Duke of Norfolk, however, you get a better glimpse at the less...more
This is quite a deep dive of a history book. Spanning Henry VIII's extensive reign, Tracy Borman covers nearly every man who served Henry. I thought given my extensive reading on the Tudors that this would be old hat, but I learned quite a bit with this book! Wolsey, Cramner, Cromwell, Suffolk, More, these men are always discussed when Henry VIII comes up, but we finally get to hear about the men in lesser positio ...more
We learn the Henry, even though strong willed and intelligent was easily lead and some of his closest attendants and advisors did lead him astray.
Henry would pull himself out of it, only to be drawn in again by someone else!
We learn how quick tempered and vain he was, especially towards the end of his life, n ...more
Borman was born and brought up in the village of Scothern, England near Lincoln. She was educated at Scothern Primary School (now Ellison Boulters School), William Farr School, Welton, and Yarborough School, Lincoln. She taught history at the University of Hull, where ...more