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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Jill
    Nov 07, 2018
    An interesting view of Henry's life and his men - sorts them all out very well. While describing the men's relationships and their historical context, I also learned more about the political and household setup during Henry's reign. Neither too dry nor too descriptive and no creating f...
  • Rachel
    Dec 09, 2018
    I really enjoyed this book and thought it was well-written. ...
  • julianne
    Oct 27, 2018
    Absolutely fascinating, informative and surprisingly able to give a new viewpoint on Henry and his court. Ms Borman's writing is easy to read and she is an author I will be looking for more from. ...
  • Jessica
    Dec 22, 2018
    Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free eARC in exchange for an honest review! This is quite a deep dive of a history book. Spanning Henry VIII's extensive reign, Tracy Borman covers nearly every man who served Henry. I thought given my extensive reading on the Tudors that this...
  • 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...
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    Nov 29, 2018
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  • 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...
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    Dec 06, 2018
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  • 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...
  • Hungry
    Dec 05, 2018
    Really enjoyed this, even though i have read ALOT on the King, it was refreshing for the dialogue not to focus too much on his wives, but him and the men that surrounded him and advised him. We learn the Henry, even though strong willed and intelligent was easily lead and some of hi...
  • 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...
  • Lynn Smith
    Oct 22, 2018
    I am so looking forward to reading this after attending a lecture at the BBC History Weekend in which Tracy Borman gave a lecture on this. It was a fresh approach away from his wives on the influences of the men in his life, father, educators, friends, servants and courtiers. He is sti...
  • 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 Meeus
    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...
  • 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...
  • Martin
    Jan 12, 2019
    I am a Tudorphile. A stimulating and refreshing way to look at probably the most written about king in English history. For all the 'high' and 'low' men that were in Henry's orbit there is a sense of irony that one of his favourites was his fool, Will Jester ? few men were more belov...
  • 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...
  • 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...