Reign of Henry VIII: Personalities and Politics David Starkey

ISBN: 9780099445104

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Reign of Henry VIII: Personalities and Politics  by  David Starkey

Reign of Henry VIII: Personalities and Politics by David Starkey
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Henry VIII was almost never alone. He was surrounded, twenty four hours a day, by the small group of intimates and personal attendants who made up the staff of his Privy Chamber. They organised his daily life, kept him amused and acted as theMoreHenry VIII was almost never alone. He was surrounded, twenty four hours a day, by the small group of intimates and personal attendants who made up the staff of his Privy Chamber. They organised his daily life, kept him amused and acted as the landline between the king and the formal machinery of government.

These men, intermarried, interbred and close knit even in their mutual feuding, were supremely well placed to rig politics and patronage for their own benefit. Their influence was important and sometimes decisive: factions in the Privy Chamber destroyed Anne Boleyn, they frustrated the Catholic reaction of the 1540s, and, by doctoring Henrys will, prepared the way for the full blooded Protestantism of his sons reign.The Reign of Henry VIII is not so much a book about Henry VIII. It is about the great game of politics over which he presided.



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