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  1. Caidyn (he/him/his) Caidyn (he/him/his) says:

    This review can also be found hereWhat can I say about this bookOh yeahI hated itI fucking hated this bookI would insert the Instagram picture of how I annotated every single page but GR won't let me and I'm lazy so you can click the link to my blog if you really want to see itI mean look at all of those sticky notes Look at those annotations Look at the pure rage that I have for itLet’s start with the thesis My aim in this book is to draw together a multitude of strands of research in order to develop a picture of the real Henry VIII his personal life throughout his reign the court he created and the people who influenced and served him p 2 To do this she uses anecdotal evidence No joke She uses anecdotal evidence to show how the life was and how things were in the court That’s horrendous For a woman who bills herself as a historian she comes across like Philippa Gregory None of them studied history but they pretend to be them without the same academic rigorSo what’s wrong with using anecdotal evidence From my line of research — aka psychology — anecdotal evidence is a no no because it holds no scientific basis It has no grounding in fact It’s just a story that someone told one that can’t be verified by other sourcesA brief example of one of these anecdotes A rumor went around the court that Anne Boleyn was the product of an affair Henry had with Anne’s mother Elizabeth Boleyn nee Howard This rumor could be used to show what was going on in court and what people were whispering in the conservative ie Catholic factionBut no Weir goes ahead and literally hashes out the rumor She says that Henry couldn’t have fathered Anne but that it might be possible that he had sex with Lady Boleyn when he was a teenager And that it can’t be ruled out When there’s no evidence to support something of that natureWhich brings me to my second issue The lack of citationsThe above anecdote and her conclusion did not have a citation to show that others have thought about this or spoken about it or that there were any sort of primary sources that hinted to this same thing It felt like every few pages I was writing down “source citation” because there was noneWeir makes claims without supporting them That’s just what she does Or she doesn’t use citations correctly I was always taught to cite early in the paragraph as early as possible when the same source is used She cites at the last second making it confusing Then she just makes claims without citing anythingThen Weir’s biases come into play Especially against anyone in the Boleyn family I’ve already written extensively about this in my review of her fiction book Anne Boleyn A King’s Obsession It was also discussed in the comments over on Goodreads so I’ll also link that hereThis is best illustrated in Weir’s use of biased primary sources I’m talking about Eustace Chapuys While I will agree that Chapuys is a rich source to use to look at a very Spanish viewpoint of The Great Matter aka the annulment of Henry’s marriage to Anne he can’t be used as a verifiable source since he bought into any rumor or hint of slander against Anne Boleyn and her family Yet in one breathe Weir said that historians have called him untrustworthy but she’s going to use him because he’s worth itSo you already know that with her use of a biased source you’re not getting a real picture of what was going on and what the court was really likeMy last I lie but the last gripe I feel like expanding on is that Weir doesn’t focus on important power shifts The rise of Cromwell was barely mentioned and he created the court Wolsey’s fall was also barely talked about Same with Anne Boleyn’s fall and the rise of the Seymours Or the rise of the conservatives Weir was far interested in the properties that Henry owned bought and modified than actually telling me about the power factions in the court that he createdSo what parting words do I have for all of you who stuck around to read this Don’t read this There are far better books on this topic than this And if you do read it constantly remember that Weir is literally banned from certain universities because of the issues that I’ve brought up and probably since I’m not a historian But I care about academic rigor like a historian

  2. Pete daPixie Pete daPixie says:

    I have to rate Alison Weir's 'Henry VIII King and Court' a five star read You get exactly what it says on the tin A vast and fully comprehensive work covering over five hundred pages along with the obligatory sixty pages of notesAs the author states in her introduction this is not a political history of the reign her brief here is to record the events that help to build up a picture of the life and ethos of the King and the court The reader of Tudor history may well have to go elsewhere for greater depth and detail of Henry's six wives or of the many monumental events that effected the cultural social or political climate of the age Instead the olde worn caricature of Henry VIII is dusted off and given a realistic treatment illuminated with the light of modern research Therefore this book is filled with a myriad of detail of court life from the Privy Chamber to the culinary creations of the royal kitchens down to the names of the pet dogsOther Tudor writers like Hutchinson or Starkey do disagree with Weir on various points but in the main that does not detract from my enjoyment of this fascinating book We have certainly come a long way from the portrait created by Charles Laughton

  3. Arukiyomi Arukiyomi says:

    There in a charity shop completely unblemished as in a proper bookshop lay Weir’s encylopaedic description of one of the most magnificent courts of English royalty And it was mine for only 95pI’ve not read any of Weir’s books before She’s written about pretty much every Tudor monarch or individual connected with Tudor monarchy you can think of I used to read books like this all the time but the 1001 list has my heart set on novels Because this was immaculate and a tenth of the price it was supposed to be I snapped it up though It sat well with my reading of Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring up the BodiesThere are plenty of reviews out there which complain that this book isn’t actually about Henry VIII at all They complain that it’s hard to find the king buried as he is under the detailed descriptions of the world he inhabited Having read the book I agree This book should really be entitled The Court of Henry VIIIBut that didn’t bother me too much I wasn’t after a blow by blow description of his life I was after a description of the times and although the book was mis named I tried not to let this distract me from what is after all a good historyThere’s not much narrative thread though and readers should be forgiven for thinking that because the opening line starts with the death of Henry VII they’re going to get a chronicle of the next 40 years They’re not What they do get are just over 500 pages split into 63 chapters This works out at just under 8 pages a chapter While this seems uite short the book is printed in something like 5pt font And each of these chapters deals with a different facet of the court I’ll admit I found it slow goingBut it wasn’t slow going in the way a plate of broad beans is slow going This was slow going in the way treacle pudding with custard is slow going You want to take your time You want to gaze on the awesome jewel encrusted splendour before you to soak yourself in the sumptuous riches of cloth of gold velvet and syphilisWait no He didn’t have syphilis This is a common myth and one of many that Weir debunks in her attempt to get at the truth behind a man who was very much larger than life In the end he appears as one who ruled according to the beliefs of his day Let’s not forget that these shifted like the sands of the Thames estuary and doomed many who attempted the passageHenry was a magnificent statesman of that there is no doubt He may well have even been the preeminent one of his day But he was a product of his time and Weir shows this very well It is a flattering portrayalHowever like the wardrobes of the day Weir’s writing is weighed down by almost ludicrous attention to detail There are characters in here than a Russian epic and it’s hard to keep track sometimes of who is central to the events described There are long lists of things clothes purchases buildings gifts animals etc etc It’s all a bit too much sometimesIf you are a fan of the Tudors and not too much of a fan of Henry you’re going to love this If you are after a traditional biography of Henry himself be warned that this might be a frustrating read

  4. Caroline Caroline says:

    I always enjoy Alison Weir's books she has a lively engaging style and a knack for bringing both her subjects and the world they lived in truly to life and this book is no exception Henry VIII is a larger than life figure anyway after all every schoolchild grows up knowing 'divorced beheaded died divorced beheaded survived' But there was a lot to the man than the simple stereotype of a fat bloated tyrant who chopped his wives' heads off Charting his evolution from a handsome young prince with idealistic views of learning and governing to his latter incarnation as yes a fat bloated tyrant is truly fascinatingThe sheer amount of detail in this book is incredible from the food Henry and his court ate the houses they lived in to the clothes they wore down to the very sheets of the beds nothing is too small or insignificant to escape mention It really serves to bring the Tudor court to full colour and vigourMy only uibble is that is perhaps focuses too much of Henry's life at court and not enough on his European relations; and the Reformation itself is somewhat skated over But then the title of the book is 'King and Court' and Henry's life within his English Court is the focus of the book not his international relations with France Spain and Rome

  5. Luv_trinity Luv_trinity says:

    I love this bookand I find it a very easy read Weir has a way of making the story of Henry VIII and his court come alive for her readers Weir also have a knack for finding little known facts that most historian only skip over Like the fact that prior to Anne Boleyn trial for treason In April it was announce that Anne was pregnant In May she was arrestedand she was beheaded on May 19 Weir ask the uestion uh what become of the pregnancy

  6. Andre Andre says:

    This is a maticulously researched history not a novel In fact this books from its first pages points out how poorly researched are most novels about this great English king If you want to know Henry the 8th I would recommend reading and studying this book by Alison Weir

  7. April Spaugh April Spaugh says:

    This biography is very impressive In general I think Alison Weir is a fabulous biographer Her research is very thorough and her writing isn't so full of details that you get lost However she has completely outdone herself with this book I have read several books about the six wives of Henry VIII but never a biography of his own life so this was a treat I always thought of Henry VIII as some egotistical monster that liked divorcing or beheading his wives so that he could move on to his next catch Yes he had an ego a big one but he wasn't a monster He was influenced by so many things his upbringing his religious beliefs and especially that of his personal counselors I always thought of him as a one man show being king and head of the Church of England after he left the Catholic faith but it wasn't that way at all I didn't realize the impact that his counselors had on his decisions until I read this book Anne Boylen wasn't taken down by Henry she was taken down by his closest counselor who didn't like her and wanted her gone So he made her into an adulterer and a traitor two things that she was not I love how the author puts you into Henry's world by describing how the court worked what he ate where he slept what his rooms were like what the housescastles he lived in were like and what he wore His daily life is very well described and is easy to imagine It was also interesting to find out about what kind of person he was He was extremely intelligent and talented He was a marvel at sports of all kinds played musical instruments wrote music and poems and was very well educated He was also a charmer and knew how to put on a good show He had a big temper as well so everyone around him had to be careful about what they said or did in order to not incur his wrathHe was very fit and active until he started to have a recurring infection in his legs that would send him to bed for weeks on end and eventually took his life After the infection began he started putting on weight and it made his condition even worse They don't really know what happened to him the last few weeks of his life as he was in almost total seclusion and no one let any information out about what was going on So the cause of death can only be speculated at His death was kept a secret for two days after he diedFabulous book If you want to understand Henry VIII read this Definitely a different perspective than I had anticipated

  8. Steven Peterson Steven Peterson says:

    In one sense I am at a disadvantage in assessing this volume I am not an historian of this era so I cannot confidently judge well the accuracy of Alison Weir's rendering of events and people That said I am most impressed with this work The author covers many aspects of English history including day to day life of the time We read of medical practice ugh music art architecture customs drama clothing sports eg hunting archery tennis jousting and so on the internecine politics when losers could lose their lives; politics was serious business and the relationships among families in England of the era This book is as much about the country at that time as about Henry VIII Henry VIII is portrayed in great detail This is not a Charles Laughton view of the king It is much nuanced It is true that if Weir be correct Henry became rigid and unforgiving and vain and distrusting and autocratic as he aged He drove England close to financial ruin with his wars which often had little effect even though costing much and with his incessant building projects his own palaces as one key exampleBut this should not detract from other of his accomplishments He supported the arts; he was one of the educated and intellectually oriented monarchs of the time It may be that Weir romanticizes him to some extent and that ought to be noted But his was not simply a dissipated period in English history Of course many would wonder about his rendering of the multitudinous wives of the monarch Weir does spend time on this part of his life including the Machiavellian politics associated with Henry's marriages factions would use potential wives as pawns in power struggles Weir's assessments of the various wives are pretty fair We might be surprised to know of his affection for Katherine of Aragon; it is fascinating to watch the pas de deux between Anne Boleyn and Henry before their wedding; and so on Then the descriptions of the hard ball politics of the era featuring actors such as Wolsey Cromwell More Cranmer and the nobles of the time All in all an accessible and very readable work on Henry VIII and his time I'd strongly recommend

  9. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    Alison Weir is one of my very favorite historians I do not at all recommend reading her historical fiction for many and varied reasons but her straight history is great Well researched well backed up and she freuently has some pretty interesting new theories to throw in the mix to make her books even fun to read She specializes in Tudor history which you know my crack so naturally I was uite pleased to find a book of hers that I hadn't readSadly it's not her best Henry VIII The King and His Court tries to be as the title says a biography of the king and a snapshot of the Tudor court at the same time and it doesn't succeed terribly well The first half of the book is heavily weighted towards the court describing how it was organized how it worked and the people who attended it while the second half covered Henry's reign in greater detail than the first half There wasn't a lot of overlap; so we didn't get much about how the court was affected by the events of Henry's reign and vice versa We also didn't get to hear a lot about what Wolsey and Cromwell were doing to actually run the kingdom which is perhaps understandable but still frustrating Plus the first half was very difficult to get through because it was a lot of names and details without a lot of context Weir did also leave out a lot of the turmoil surrounding Henry's various marriages but as she wrote an entire much better book specifically about them I'll cut her some slack on that It seems to have been a deliberate choice anyway I don't think I would recommend this book unless you have a deep and abiding interest in the nitty gritty everyday world of the Tudor court In that respect it's an invaluable resource but there are other and better biographies of Henry VIII if that's all you're after

  10. Joyce Joyce says:

    5 starsThis comprehensive covers just about everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Henry VIII From his undergarments weapons food servants and so on it is a complete picture of a day in the life of this King The book is far detailed than any prospective reader can imagine Ms Weir briefly discusses the six wives but this is primarily a book about Henry not his wives It speaks of the separate chambers and the servants both Henry and his wives had and the rooms and rooms in which they had to live The book discusses the changes in the Privy Council and the various political machinations that occurred during Henry’s reign The political infighting was very bad and the backstabbing and maneuvering for position went on constantlyIt also covers the seven year journey to the break with the Catholic Church and the reasons behind it Those who disagreed with the creation of the Church of England such as Sir Thomas More and Cardinal Fisher among many others were put to death Sir Thomas More was later declared a saint by the Catholic ChurchMs Weir’s writing is easily accessible to all readers The book is brilliantly written and plotted It moves linearly from one part of Henry’s life to another It includes where one can see the surviving homes and castles as well as papers texts and other artifacts of Henry’s household and tells of those that did not survive The book also includes uotes from people who lived with Henry as much as could be found I really enjoy reading Alison Weir’s books I have read several now and will continue to do so for as long as she writes

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Henry VIII: The King and His Court [Download] ✤ Henry VIII: The King and His Court By Alison Weir – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk The Barnes Noble ReviewA book to match the man Great Harry larger than life in ambition passion and splendor strides triumphantly through Weir's rich rewarding pages The six remarkable and ill fated w The Barnes Noble ReviewA book The King PDF È to match the man Great Harry larger than life in ambition passion and splendor strides triumphantly Henry VIII: PDF/EPUB or through Weir's rich rewarding pages The six remarkable and ill fated wives the freuent bite of the executioner's axe and the breach VIII: The King ePUB ☆ with Catholic Rome are expected highlights but Weir paints a far fuller and richer canvas of the scholar king and his brilliant VIII: The King and His PDF/EPUB ² court Weir propels us into the heady excitement and dangerous life of Henry's times in which pageantry was both power and propaganda Though she concisely presents key political and religious issues and the related rise and fall of Cardinal Wolsey and Thomas Cromwell her focus is the extravagant personal lives of the king his ueens and his leading courtiers We live the life of banuets palaces and great country houses exploring diet and clothing finery and furnishings We share the ambitions of the arrogant courtier families fighting for primacy as they promote themselves their sons and their interests We share the lives of scholars servants and children; we suffer primitive hygiene and the fear of disease Tension builds Henry the Renaissance prince accomplished in languages theology music medicine and VIII: The King and His PDF/EPUB ² architecture as well as the demands of politics and military strategy is also Henry the king desperate for sons to continue the Tudor dynasty founded by his frugal father in Internally the old Plantagenet line still threatens the Tudor supremacy Externally France Spain and the Holy Roman Empire all far richer than England threaten her interests Weir presents a king who becomes increasingly worried willful and capricious Laws become savage heads roll Yet nothing curbs Henry's mania for marriage or for building enterprises that bled his million inheritance Weir has given us a near encyclopedic account of the eccentric king and his exuberant court we live every ambitious hard fought moment Her immense bibliography points us to numerous books on Henry and his ueens; the palaces food costume travel scholarship of the day; the English Reformation in short every imaginable topic Peter Skinner Peter Skinner lives in New York City.

  • Hardcover
  • 632 pages
  • Henry VIII: The King and His Court
  • Alison Weir
  • English
  • 28 September 2015
  • 9780345436597

About the Author: Alison Weir

Librarian Note There is than The King PDF È one author in the GoodReads database with this nameAlison Weir is a British writer of history Henry VIII: PDF/EPUB or books for the general public mostly in the form of biographies about British kings and ueens and of historical fiction Before becoming VIII: The King ePUB ☆ an author Weir worked as a teacher of children with special needs She received her formal training in history at teacher training.