Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him: The Secret History Behind the Tudor Throne

Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him: The Secret History Behind the Tudor Throne

'An outstanding work of historical artistry, a brilliantly woven and pacy story of the men who surrounded, influenced and sometimes plagued Henry VIII.' Alison Weir Henry VIII is well known for his tumultuous relationships with women, and he is often defined by his many marriages. But what do we see if we take a different look? When we see Henry through the men in his 'An outstanding work of historical artistry, a brilliantly woven and pacy story of the men who surrounded, influenced an...

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Title:Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him: The Secret History Behind the Tudor Throne
Author:Tracy Borman
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Genres:History
ISBN:B07C72Y58M
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:512 pages pages

Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him: The Secret History Behind the Tudor Throne Reviews

  • Krista
    Nov 12, 2018
    Rating: 3 stars Tracy Borman?s most recent entry into the history of the Tudors, ?Henry VIII and the men who made him: The secret history behind the Tudor throne? is a good solid work of non-fiction. It joins her previous book about the Tudor dynasty, ?Elizabeth's Women: Frie...
  • Melisende d'Outremer
    Nov 19, 2018
    Much to the ire of Tudorphiles everywhere - I did not find this especially enlightening. And like Oliver Twist - I wanted more and was left wanting. ...
  • Melissa
    Feb 08, 2019
    Could not stick with this one. There was no clear outline, and there was a ton of rambling. I thought at one point, ok, let?s talk Wolsey, but after a few pages of good material, the author moved onto another subject. I couldn?t tell if the goal was to describe the men in Henry?s...
  • Shoshana
    Jan 08, 2019
    Over the last few years I have come to rely on Tracy Borman?s books about Tudor England. She is an excellent historian, and has a clear-eyed and fresh approach to this well-traveled subject. In this book we do not spend the majority of our time on Henry?s wives, interesting though ...
  • Orsolya
    Mar 21, 2019
    The life of Henry VIII concerning his court, wives, and politics is widely known and is certainly no secret. However, Henry was surrounded by ambitious men in both his political and personal spheres which are somewhat lesser discussed. How did these men and their personalities shape He...
  • ken
    Jan 30, 2019
    Quality writing, not a bombardment of dates, and contains the subtle kind of courtly humour that cracks me up (you know, the kind of humour that you have to imagine or read too much into). Endorsed by Alison Weir who?s a leading Tudor historian, I look forward to reading more of Borm...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Mar 05, 2019
    Thanks go to Grove Press and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review. ...
  • Janet
    Jul 20, 2018
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- Henry VIII is best known in history for his tempestuous marriages and the fates of his six wives. However, as acclaimed historian Tracy Borman makes clea...
  • Casey Wheeler
    Dec 16, 2018
    This book was interesting from the perspective that the focus was on the men who surrounded Henry VIII and not him. The book addressed the relationships with some of the better known names of that time - Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell and Charles Branson (Duke of Suffolk...
  • Kim
    Dec 22, 2018
    Divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived. This oft-repeated rhyme is what many first think of when the name of Henry VIII is mentioned. Thanks to their impact, the conflicts between Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon, and Anne Boleyn is probably the most famous segment o...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    Dec 09, 2018
    This review can also be found on my blog! I received an ARC through Netgalley and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This is probably the first book that?s purely about Henry (in a way) that I really liked. Earlier this year, I read Henry VIII: The King and His Court b...
  • Svetlana Tishchenko
    Sep 23, 2018
    ?The retinue plays the king? the phrase made immortal by W Shakespeare in his King Lear says it all. The book by Tracy Borman is all about the retinue of Henry VIII: the bold, the bad and the ugly. There were so many men around Henry VIII, I lost my count at Cromwell. Some of them...
  • Celia
    Nov 21, 2018
    II would give this book a four on just based on its readability. There were some historical figures around Henry VIII that I found uninteresting. However, they might have been interesting to a British audience so I was a little generous in my rating. I am an American and frequently I f...
  • Lissa
    Nov 08, 2018
    It is hard to find new history books on Henry VIII that explore any new instances in his life. What this book does different is focus on his male relationships and those that were exploited for power and those that suffered from them with their lives. I am ceaselessly fascinated by the...
  • Thomas
    Nov 25, 2018
    3.5 stars rounded up to 4. Thanx you Grove Atlantic for sending me this eARC through NetGalley. It is a solid biographical study of the men who served Henry the VIII. Most books about this period focus on his six wives or Henry the VIII. The author has done an impressive amount of res...
  • Juliew.
    Feb 23, 2019
    I have to confess I love Borman's writing just not a particular fan of some of her research or her point of views on certain people within the Tudor sphere.I'm giving points though for her topic of focusing on just the men who influenced Henry VIII rather than focusing on the much writ...
  • Sarah
    Jan 07, 2019
    I really enjoyed Tracy Borman's biography on Thomas Cromwell, so I was excited to start reading Borman's new book, Henry VIII. Henry VIII did not disappoint; like Borman's previous work, this almost read like a novel. It was an entertaining read that had me invested in the various char...
  • Helen Carolan
    Dec 10, 2018
    An excellent read as usual from Ms Borman detailing the men who shaped Henry 8th. Many men passed through his life some more important than others. Statesmen, tutors,friends and his father all played a part in shaping the man and king.Henry in his youth was loyal but as the years passe...
  • Juli
    Feb 14, 2019
    My first thought when I think about King Henry VIII is this: Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced Beheaded, Survived. It's almost automatic to think of Henry in terms of his disastrous marriages....and the effect those dramas had on English history, religion, and the monarchy. ...
  • John Reid
    Dec 01, 2018
    Seventy-odd years ago as children going to school, we surveyed Holbein?s famous painting of Henry VIII standing there, tallish for his day, red bearded, broad shouldered, deep chested, in ?party dress?, with his ? ahem ? enormous codpiece protruding through the split at the f...
  • David Dunlap
    Mar 05, 2019
    Henry VIII (and his wives!) have been extensively written about. Author Borman has discovered a fresh angle from which to view the monarch: that of his relationships with the men around him throughout his reign. As a second son, Henry was not expected to inherit the throne from his fat...
  • Beata
    Nov 17, 2018
    I requested this book for at least three reasons. The first one was that I enjoy Tracy Borman's ways of presenting history and having read some of her books, I am still a fan of hers. The second reason was my interest in the Tudor period and the need to extend my (not scholarly) knowle...
  • Karen
    Jan 12, 2019
    The blurb was very promising, but the book did not meet all my expectations. It was a pleasant read, it?s the Tudors after all, but I had hoped for a more comprehensive work. The focus is indeed on the men surrounding Henry, an approach that I found very intriguing. Though interes...
  • Victoria
    Feb 27, 2019
    3.5 stars I've always known a fair amount about the women of Henry VIII's life, the Queens who in their own ways helped shape him into the monster he became. But until now I didn't know very much about the men, who probably did more to shape Henry. They jousted, feasted, swayed and...
  • Anne Morgan
    Jan 03, 2019
    When people think "Henry VIII" they probably think of beheadings and serial marriages. But there is a great deal more to his legacy than this and Tracy Borman explores all of it in Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him. Borman examines Henry's life by looking at the men he surrounded him...
  • Joyce
    Aug 06, 2018
    5 stars I read the Kindle edition. ?You shall, in your counsel-giving unto his grace, ever tell him what he ought to do?For if (a) Lion knew his own strength, hard were it for any man to rule him.? ? Sir Thomas More This is a wonderful history of the men who surrounded...
  • Sarah Bryson
    Nov 17, 2018
    Tracy Borman?s book on Henry VIII was a refreshing look at one of England?s most controversial Kings. So often when books examine the life of Henry VIII they study the King through his relationships with this many wives and his children, but Borman?s book takes a very different a...
  • Cassidy (Reminders of the Changing Time)
    Mar 22, 2019
    To see all of my book-related content, check out my blog @ http://bit.ly/2zzVt0R Tracy Borman?s examination of Henry VIII and the impact that the men surrounding him had on his actions and his characters is an interesting idea: thoughts about Henry VIII almost inevitably always he...
  • Sam Law
    Jan 20, 2019
    Read More Book Reviews on my blog It's Good To Read Summary: ?Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived? Thus goes the old mantra on how to remember what happened to Henry VIII?s six wives. It is accepted as fact that his marital intrigues were all about b...
  • SonOfYork
    Jan 02, 2019
    This has got to be by far one of the most interesting reads I have ever had; rivaled by Sharon Penman herself, who I hold as the best of historical writers and my favorite author in general. I have always wanted Penman to continue from her Sunne in Splendour and have been disappoin...