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The Autobiography of Henry VIII

With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers: A Novel

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The Autobiography of Henry VIII is the magnificent historical novel that established Margaret George's career. Evocatively written in the first person as Henry VIII's private journals, the novel was the product of fifteen years of meticulous research and five handwritten drafts.

Much has been written about the mighty, egotistical Henry VIII: the man who dismantled the Church because it would not grant him the divorce he wanted; who married six women and beheaded two of them; who executed his friend Thomas More; who sacked the monasteries; who longed for a son and neglected his daughters, Mary and Elizabeth; who finally grew fat, disease-ridden, dissolute.

Now, in her magnificent work of storytelling and imagination Margaret George bring us Henry VIII's story as he himself might have told it, in memoirs interspersed with irreverent comments from his jester and confident, Will Somers. Brilliantly combining history, wit, dramatic narrative, and an extraordinary grasp of the pleasures and perils of power, this monumental novel shows us Henry the man more vividly than he has ever been seen before.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 04, 1987 – George presents a romanticized Henry VIII and fails to capture the "brilliance, the cunning or the ruthlessness of the grim monarch who tore down monasteries to fill his coffers, executed two of his six wives and sacrificed friend and enemy alike for political expediency,'' PW commented.

Customer Reviews

The Autobiography of King Henry VIII

This is a very entertaining book. I hated to stop reading it every night....
Worth every penny!

Good, but.....

Good book if you can get through it without the dozens and dozens of typos driving you nuts! Surely these aren't in the print copies of this book!!!

George is a jewel

She has done it again and again. Beautifully written, intense, dramatic, sensual, fantastic. You can't go wrong with any of George's novels. You will not be disappointed with this historical fiction. Recommend fully.

Btw, for the reviewer who wishes David Case to "retire and go away": no longer fret, Mr. Case unfortunately passed away from throat cancer in 2005. I didn't think the narrator was that bad but to each his/her own I guess.

The Autobiography of Henry VIII
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Apr 01, 2010
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 960 Pages
  • Language: English
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