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by Luise Mühlbach

Download Henry VIII and His Court: A Historical Novel epub
ISBN: 143467505X
ISBN13: 978-1434675057
Category: Biographies
Author: Luise Mühlbach
Language: English
Publisher: BiblioBazaar (October 27, 2007)
Pages: 428 pages
ePUB size: 1406 kb
FB2 size: 1946 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 546
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Good as far as historical content. Love the footnotes, especially the actual words said by king or queen. Much too much 'inner musings' text, sometimes pages long.
this is a good book for those who'd like to know more about the history in general, and king Henry the VIII in particular.
This is an old novel, although it presents as history. It's written in an old style, I didn't learn any new information, and was rather disappointed in it. I wanted the intricacies of the court and the players, and didn't really get it. Pass on this one.
Very informative book. It was the second book I read on my kindle fire. I only wished that it didn't end so abruptly.
Upfront disclaimer: I actually bought this book thinking it was another of similar title. That said, I read it for what it is, and this note is based on that, not disappointment at getting the wrong book.

First, let me say that the author succeeds in putting the reader in another place and time very well. And, there is something about the tale she tells that was enticing enough to keep me reading to the end.

The problem, though, is that I don't think the place and time belongs to Henry VIII's England.

The Henry depicted here is so one-dimensional as to be cartoonish. This Henry could never have received the praise of the great humanist scholar Erasmus, as this Henry lives only for the next beheading or bonfire, and is wholly susceptible to manipulation by transparent schemes devised by singularly evil counselors. The historical Henry had blood enough on his hands, true; but he also sported a keen intellect to balance his lower appetites. His bloodshed was rarely, if ever, merely for the sake of blood.

As a novel, well, it is run-of-the-mill. As a historical novel, it is disappointing.
This book is about Henry VIII's court during the last years of his reign, during his marriage to Catherine Parr. Catherine Parr did not want to marry King Henry VIII, she only complied with his wishes because she thought she might lose her life if she refused. Entering the court of Henry VIII as a queen was a very dangerous position. People plotted against Catherine Parr, and having to daily entertain a king that was cruel, sadistic, and moody was a difficult enough task. Catherine kept her life by using her mental fortitude, understanding her husband's mercurial temperament, keeping a watchful eye on her rivals, and using her considerable charm to nullify Henry's anger when it wad directed toward her. An entertaining and interesting look at the court of Henry VIII.
Rarely have I felt the need to give such a bad review. I enjoy historical fiction as a fun read, so don't necessarily expect the highest quality of writing. However, this was simply painful. I should have given it up several times along the way but for some unknown reason trudged through it. Big mistake!