I was sad when I finally finished this book because it was so great I didn't want it to end. Weir has this fantastic ability to bring to life the words on her pages. The life of Henry and his court was beautifully detailed in painstaking research. I recommand this book to anyone who loves history or stories about people who were larger then life. This book is far from boring and easy to read page turner. The artwork in the book was also beautiful and interesting. I can't wait to pick up another one of her books.
This is a VERY detailed account of Henry VIII's court and daily life. It includes how the king was attended along with the contents of the rooms in his palaces, the people who attended him and his family. The reviewers called it extensively researched and the book contains details that I've never read before.
I love this author, and I find her books to be well researched. Her writing is very engaging.
Excellent. From the back of the book...."Alison Weir, author of the finest royal chroniclers of our time, brings to vibrant life the turbulent, complex figure of the King. Packed with colorful description, meticulous in historical detail, rich in pageantry, intrigue, passion and luxury, Weir brilliantly renders King Henry VIII, his court, and the fascinating men and women who vied for its pleasures and rewards. The result is an absolutely spellbinding read."
I remember when I was younger and still in school, before the days of Google and Wikipedia, I found it so frustrating that great, yet interesting, historical biographies seemed difficult to find. Its too bad this book didnt exist back then!
Prior to reading this book, I had heard that Alison Weir managed to make a historical biography seem almost as easily read as a historical fiction novel, and she certainly does. Once you get past the initial chapters where the details of money and administration are mostly passed, the story is so lovely that you really do forget youre reading a biography rather than a fictional tale.
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A wonderful book that teaches us just how the courts worked. Do not read if you want to retain a romantic view of kings and queens. Their lives were hard and no privacy whatsoever. I thought office gossips were bad but they are nothing compared to people in those days. It seeems everyone knew everyone elses business. Not the life for me (and the bathroom situations lwft a whole lot to be desired.) But for information on life in those times this book is amazing. I recommend reading it.
AS always, Alison Weir turns a biography into an exciting story of a fasinating period in history