The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes By His Fool, Will Somers: A Novel

Paperback | October 23, 1998

byMargaret George

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The Autobiography of Henry VIII is the magnificent historical novel that established Margaret George's career. Evocatively written in the first person as Henry VIII's private journals, the novel was the product of fifteen years of meticulous research and five handwritten drafts.

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.

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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...

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The Autobiography of Henry VIII is the magnificent historical novel that established Margaret George's career. Evocatively written in the first person as Henry VIII's private journals, the novel was the product of fifteen years of meticulous research and five handwritten drafts.Much has been written about the mighty, egotistical Henry ...

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 an...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:960 pages, 9.15 × 6.14 × 1.6 inPublished:October 23, 1998Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312194390

ISBN - 13:9780312194390

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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 ore; 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.

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.

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"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