The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers

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The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers

by Margaret George

St. Martin's Press | October 23, 1998 | Trade Paperback

The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers is rated 4.375 out of 5 by 8.
Much has been written about the mighty, egotistical Henry VIII: the man who dismantled the Church because it would not grant him the divorce he wanted; who married six women and beheaded two of them; who executed his friend Thomas More; who sacked the monasteries; who longed for a son and neglected his daughters, Mary and Elizabeth; who finally grew fat, disease-ridden, dissolute. Now, in her magnificent work of storytelling and imagination Margaret George bring us Henry VIII''s story as he himself might have told it, in memoirs interspersed with irreverent comments from his jester and confident, Will Somers. Brilliantly combining history, wit, dramatic narrative, and an extraordinary grasp of the pleasures and perils of power, this monumental novel shows us Henry the man more vividly than he has ever been seen before.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 960 pages, 9.14 × 6.37 × 1.77 in

Published: October 23, 1998

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312194390

ISBN - 13: 9780312194390

Found in: Royalty

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great & Serious History - Fiction A fantastic read for those interested in Tudor England. This is a big book spanning one of England's most turbulent eras. The level of detail is prodigous and the character development is both colourful and exacting. The author has obviously done determined research. Her suppositions about some aspects must be qualified as fiction but it is entirely credible given what we do know of the people and times. This is historical fiction at its best for the serious fan. It is not a light "enjoy at the beach" story.
Date published: 2012-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I might have expected too much, but in the end, it was quite good. 3.75 stars This is a fictional autobiography of Henry VIII. It is a very long book, and unfortunately, I was interrupted a couple of times while reading it, so that may affect what I thought. I was a bit disappointed in the first half; maybe I expected too much. I wanted there to be some redeeming factor to Henry and I didn't see it. But, I seemed to enjoy the second half much more. I also quite enjoyed the "notes" by Henry's fool, Will Somers. Will's notes gave an "outsider" perspective to fill in extra things Henry may not have known about, of course, including info about Henry's death and funeral at the end. It was nice to read something about Henry himself, rather than something focusing on his wives, for a change.
Date published: 2011-03-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolute rubbish! This book is so full of inaccuracies it's ridiculous! The characterizations offered of all the main players idiotic. I was insulted at how Katherine of Aragon was portrayed, the whole falling in love with Anne was ludicrus and so forth. I felt that the author has no clue about what a man (Henry VIII) thinks, it was mostly pathetic. I am truely puzzeled at the other reviews shown. I know that Phillipa Gregory books get a lot of negative feedback due to historical issues too but, in my opinion, they are a class above this drivel, at least her characters are strong and believable!
Date published: 2009-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book was my first exposure to the fascinating life of Henry VIII. Great place to start for those interested in his infamous reign as king - and husband. Written in the autobiography format allows readers insight into his thought process making the man more personable. George left me wanting to know more about not only the man but the era in which he lived. I have recommended this book to all my book loving family and friends who shared my enthusiasm for the novel and the author.
Date published: 2006-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Literary Feast I'm just about to finish this 940 page novel, and when I do it will feel as though a great void has taken its place. I've been reading it for so long I feel as if we're good friends, Henry, Margaret George and myself. I recommend this book to anyone looking for quality in a novel. It's got something for everyone, a hero, war, history, love, lust and lots and lots of beheading.
Date published: 2005-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!!! If your looking for a book that is educational and you just can't put it down read the autobiography on one of the greatest kings of all time. It helps you to understand why he did the things he did such as marry 6 women and have two of them executed.I'm only 15 and I found the book easy to read. I definitely recommend this book
Date published: 2000-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Autobiography of King Henry VIII Have you ever read a book that you loved so much that each time you picked it up, it was like receiving a gift? That is what this book was for me. In fact, I was sad to finish it and experienced a sense of loss as a result. The author writes in such detail that one feels as though he/she takes on the persona of King Henry himself. George skillfuly combines fact with fiction that takes the reader through the complete life cycle of the King. Her inclusion of notes by the King's fool adds interest and offers a different perspective of the main character. I like this book so much that I have the author's 2 remaining novels! My husband actually bought me one of the books for Christmas and I must say, it was my favorite gift under the tree.
Date published: 2000-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Royalty Made Captivating! In a few short paragraphs, Margaret George transfixes the reader's imagination and transports even the most reluctant of readers to the Tudor age of England. The author details the story of Henry VIII with such historical precision and fictional interest, that it is impossible to lay the book down without first having read it in its entirity.
Date published: 1999-09-01

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The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers

by Margaret George

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 960 pages, 9.14 × 6.37 × 1.77 in

Published: October 23, 1998

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312194390

ISBN - 13: 9780312194390

From the Publisher

Much has been written about the mighty, egotistical Henry VIII: the man who dismantled the Church because it would not grant him the divorce he wanted; who married six women and beheaded two of them; who executed his friend Thomas More; who sacked the monasteries; who longed for a son and neglected his daughters, Mary and Elizabeth; who finally grew fat, disease-ridden, dissolute. Now, in her magnificent work of storytelling and imagination Margaret George bring us Henry VIII''s story as he himself might have told it, in memoirs interspersed with irreverent comments from his jester and confident, Will Somers. Brilliantly combining history, wit, dramatic narrative, and an extraordinary grasp of the pleasures and perils of power, this monumental novel shows us Henry the man more vividly than he has ever been seen before.

About the Author

Margaret George is the author of Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles, The Memoirs of Cleopatra, and Elizabeth I: A Novel, among others. George first got the idea to write historical fiction when, after reading numerous novels that viewed Henry VIII through the eyes of his enemies and victims, she started to wonder if there might be another story. She became determined to let Henry speak for himself, and it took fifteen years, about three hundred books of background reading, three visits to England to see every extant building associated with Henry, and five handwritten drafts for her to answer the question: What was Henry really like? Margaret George was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and has traveled extensively. She and her husband live in Madison, Wisconsin.

From Our Editors

Delve into the spellbinding, imaginary memoirs of one of England's kings, Henry VIII, in Autobiography of Henry VIII. Follow his experiences through his childhood, his creation of the Church of England, his six wives - two beheaded - the execution of his friend Thomas More, and his relationship with his daughter, Elizabeth. Evocatively written as Henry VIII's private journals, Margaret George tells the story of this former king's life, using her now trademark mix of history and imagination to tell the story as he might have told it.

Editorial Reviews

"A remarkable achievement...Magnificently researched and admirably written." --Mary Stewart

"Her novel is a...banquet feast for most readers...astonishing. There''s rousing drama, robust atmosphere and consistently solid characterization; and finally, Margaret George''s triumph is anchored in the urgent rhythm her writing attains." --Forth Worth Star Telegram

"It doth brim with lust, violence, cruelty and living conservation...Margaret George has found a new and fresh way to tell the story. --Detroit Free Press
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