Last Days of Henry VIII: Conspiracy, Treason and Heresy at the Court of the Dying Tyrant

By Robert Hutchinson

A blazing narrative background that boldly captures the top of England's such a lot despotic ruler and his courtroom — a time of murderous conspiracies, terrifying betrayals, and sordid intrigue

Henry VIII's crimes opposed to his other halves are good documented and became old lore. yet less cognizance has been paid to his monarchy, in particular the ultimate years of his reign.

Rich with info together with info from new archival fabric and written with the nail-biting suspense of a contemporary mystery, The final Days of Henry VIII deals an outstanding clean examine this attention-grabbing determine and new perception into an interesting bankruptcy in history.

Robert Hutchinson paints an excellent portrait of this egotistical tyrant who ruled with a ruthlessness that opponents that of recent dictators; a monarch who had "no admire or worry of a person during this world," in accordance with the Spanish ambassador to his court docket. Henry VIII pioneered the fashionable "show trial": cynical propaganda workouts during which the sufferers have been condemned prior to the lawsuits even opened, proving the main robust males within the land might be introduced down overnight.

After thirty-five years in energy, Henry used to be a bloated, hideously overweight, black-humored previous recluse. And regardless of his having had six other halves, the Tudor dynasty rested at the mild shoulders of his in basic terms male inheritor, the nine-year-old Prince Edward — a scenario that spurred rival factions right into a lethal clash to manage the throne.

The final Days of Henry VIII is a gripping and compelling heritage as attention-grabbing and memorable as its subject.

Robert Hutchinson spent numerous years in unique archival examine. He advances a surely new idea of Henry's clinical background and the reason for his demise; he has unearthed a few really good eyewitness fabric and papers from loss of life warrants, confessions or even love letters among Katherine Parr and the Lord excessive Admiral.

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252. eighty 35 Henry VIII cap. 1. The preamble mentions the wedding of Henry and Katherine Parr and provides, relatively confidently, ‘by whom but his majesty hath none factor yet might complete good whilst it shall please God’. eighty one Nichols, ‘Literary Remains’, Vol. I, p. xxxix. eighty two LP, Vol. XIX, pt. i, p. 606. eighty three Mary’s paintings used to be deserted as a result of her unwell overall healthiness. eighty four Elizabeth wrote in a letter to Katherine that she had joined the sentences jointly ‘as good because the means of my uncomplicated wit and small studying may perhaps expand themselves’ and that the paintings used to be imperfect and that she was hoping the queen could ‘rub out, polish and mend the phrases … which i do know in lots of areas to be rude’.

XVI, pp. 670–2. eighty four LP, Vol. XVI, p. 610. eighty five Ibid. 86 Ibid. 87 Burnet, Vol. II, p. cccxci. 88 Ominously, he was once additionally vice-chamberlain to Anne Boleyn on the time of her shame. 89 LP, Vol. XVI, p. 610. ninety Wriothesley, Vol. I, pp. 130–1. ninety one LP, Vol. XVI, p. 620. ninety two LP, Vol. XVI, p. 628. ninety three LP, Vol. XVI, p. 613. ninety four LP, Vol. XVII, p. forty four. ninety five LP, Vol. XVI, p. 534. ninety six LP, Vol. XVI, p. 628. ninety seven LP, Vol. XVI, p. 646. The pre-contract might have rendered any young children she had with Henry illegitimate. ninety eight Smith, ‘A Tudor Tragedy’, pp. 166–7. ninety nine Their heads have been set on spikes on one of many turrets of London Bridge and have been nonetheless there in 1546 once they have been visible through the Greek visitor Nicander Nucius.

459. 37 Ibid. , Vol. I, pt. ii, p. 461. 38 Ibid. , Vol. I, pt. ii, p. 461. Butts’ deposition to the fee is in Cecil Papers 1/22 at Hatfield condominium. Henry’s personal account is in Cecil Papers 1/23. 39 Strype, ‘Ecclesiastic Memorials’, Vol. I, pt. ii, p. 462. forty Ibid. , Vol. I, pt. ii, p. 460. forty-one ‘Spanish Chronicle’, pp. 98–9. forty two Robinson, p. 32. forty three Burnet, Vol. II, p. lxxxvii. forty four inquiries to be requested of Cromwell with regards to the wedding are specified by BL Cotton MS Otho C x, fols. 241 and 246. The institution of the fee inquiring into the wedding is at fol.

A. , ‘Henry VIII’s Wills: A Comment’, ancient magazine, 37, four (1994), pp. 891–9. Ives, E. W. , ‘Henry VIII’s Will: A Forensic Conundrum’, ancient magazine, 35, four (1992), pp. 779–804. — ‘Henry VIII’s Will: The Protectorate Provisions of 1546–7’, ancient magazine, 37, four (1994), pp. 901–14. James, Susan E. , ‘Devotional Writings’ – ‘The Devotional Writings of Queen Katherine Parr’, Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Archaeological Society, eighty two (1982). — ‘Kateryn Parr’ – Kateryn Parr: The Making of a Queen, Aldershot, 1999.

30. fifty two LP, Vol. X, p. seventy one. the author Chapuys contemplated even if he may still ask future for ‘what higher misfortune’ was once reserved for Henry ‘like the opposite tyrant who escaped from the autumn of the home within which the entire leisure have been smothered and shortly after died’. fifty three Scarisbrook, p. 485, means that the complications could have been because of chronic catarrh. fifty four Park, p. forty four. fifty five LP, Vol. XII, pt. i, p. 486. fifty six LP, Vol. XIII, pt. i, p. 368. fifty seven LP, Vol. XIII, pt. ii, p. 313. fifty eight ‘Lisle Letters’, Vol. V, p. 1415. This demonstrates Henry’s adherence to Catholic liturgy: ‘On Holy Thursday, his Grace went [on] procession in regards to the court docket at Westminster.

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