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Henry VIII: The Decline and Fall of a Tyrant by Robert Hutchinson

Henry VIII: The Decline and Fall of a Tyrant

Robert Hutchinson

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Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 4 Apr 2019
ISBN: 9781474605793

A vivid and shocking account of the last years of terror at the court of the tyrant King Henry VIII.

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3 stars out of 5

"moves the narrative along at a brisk pace"

Hutchinson, author of several books on Tudor history, moves the narrative along at a brisk pace but has an unfortunate tendency to indulge in cod psychology, as when he states (without any evidence) that in marrying Katherine Parr, who was still in love with his one-time brother-in-law, Henry’s ‘unconscious craving for an incestuous union was satisfied’.

And referring to Katherine Howard as a ‘bimbo’ and calling Henry an ‘ogre’ rather detracts from the scholarliness of this well-researched book.

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