Henry: Virtuous Prince

Henry: Virtuous Prince David Starkey
  • Title: Henry: Virtuous Prince
  • Author: David Starkey
  • ISBN: 9780007247714
  • Page: 137
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Henry: Virtuous Prince David Starkey Henry Virtuous Prince The highly anticipated biography of Henry VIII s early life Published to coincide with the th anniversary of Henry s accession to the throne Henry Virtuous Prince is a radical re evaluation of the
    The highly anticipated biography of Henry VIII s early life Published to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Henry s accession to the throne, Henry Virtuous Prince is a radical re evaluation of the monarchy s most enduring icon Henry VIII was Britain s most powerful monarch, yet he was not born to rule Thrust into the limelight after the sudden death of his elderThe highly anticipated biography of Henry VIII s early life Published to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Henry s accession to the throne, Henry Virtuous Prince is a radical re evaluation of the monarchy s most enduring icon Henry VIII was Britain s most powerful monarch, yet he was not born to rule Thrust into the limelight after the sudden death of his elder brother, Prince Arthur, Henry ascended the throne in 1509, marking the beginning of a reign that altered the course of English history In his youth Henry was highly intelligent, athletic and musically talented He excelled in Latin and Mathematics and was an accomplished musician On his accession to the throne, aged just seventeen, after the tumultuous rule of his father, he provided England with hope of a new beginning Nobody could have foreseen how radical Henry s rule would prove to be Often overshadowed by the bloody saga of his six marriages, his reign has left a lasting legacy An absolute monarch, Henry s quest for fame was as obsessive as any modern celebrity.His fierce battles against Papal authority mark one of the most dramatic and defining moments in the history of Britain Yet his early life was insecure The Tudor regime was viewed by many as rule by usurpers and the dark shadows of the Wars of the Roses often threatened to tear England apart once The culmination of a lifetime s research, David Starkey gives a radical and unforgettable portrait of the man behind the icon the Renaissance prince turned tyrant, who continues to tower over history.
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    About David Starkey


    1. David Robert Starkey, CBE, FSA is a British historian, a television and radio presenter, and a specialist in the Tudor period.


    894 Comments


    1. Abysmal I am shocked how poor this book is The author, David Starkey, I have seen on several television documentaries and have always enjoyed them for what they are, popular history that those without the need to read can enjoy Yes he comes across as a sanctimonious, pompous know all but he, at least, told a good story This, my first read of any of his books has left me cold I could not wait to finish this as it was so poorly presented and so badly written as to be of little use to the serious s [...]

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    2. Henry Virtuous Prince , published 2008, is the first book that I have read by this author Starkey is not just a famous writer on the Tudor period, but is a well known media personality here in the U.K His popular television productions also feature this dynasty, i.e The Six Wives of Henry VIII and Henry VIII The Mind of a Tyrant He was also an advisor to The Tudors , a t.v series I found to be simplistic and riddled with historical inaccuracy From Starkey s many television and radio appearances [...]

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    3. Youth ends where marriage and fatherhood begin Starkey s definition is sensible enough and all though he may make a psychological assumption too many where the source material gets sketchy, his easy going narrative style befits the theatrical nature of Tudor kingship We see Henry growing up in a female household, separated from his older brother, the carefully groomed Crown Prince, but not lacking neither attention or a rounded upbringing Indeed, the overall impression is the status of Second So [...]

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    4. Youth ends where marriage and fatherhood begin Starkey s definition is sensible enough and all though he may make a psychological assumption too many where the source material gets sketchy, his easy going narrative style befits the theatrical nature of Tudor kingship We see Henry growing up in a female household, separated from his older brother, the carefully groomed Crown Prince, but not lacking neither attention or a rounded upbringing Indeed, the overall impression is the status of Second So [...]

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    5. Henry VIII and David Starkey this book had to be a topper And it was Not only did it give some background information on the War of the Roses for the uninitiated, but as a major Henry fan, all the information about baby Henry s christening, infant Henry s creation as Duke of York, little Henry and his love for jousting, and teenage Henry inheriting the throne was a fabulous read.

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    6. An interesting look at Henry VIII but before he was king A look at Prince Henry from birth to the rise of Cardinal Wolsey.Interesting A big plus for me was that I learned a few things about the Tudors that I hadn t known before, so that always endears a book to me.Recommended if you are interested in the nurturing of the man who became, arguably, England s most notorious monarch.

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    7. An interesting look into the younger Henry I m looking forward to seeing the author speak tonight.

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    8. This is authored by the renowned UK historian who is currently the curator of a special Henry VIII exhibition at the British Library at least as of August 2009 I have read some of his other books, and what I consistently find refreshing about his writing is that it reads like a narrative story than the usual dry historical biographies.

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    9. I like that the book concentrates in time before Henry became king or seeks divorce from Katherine.But I find his writing style annoying It also made me think that does he think he s Henry or his best fiend

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    10. I love David Starkey he writes wonderfully and is much easier to follow than a lot of historical biographers This is the first part of his Henry series and is really interesting and detailedwould you expect anything less

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    11. Well written and engaging, this book delves into the early life of Henry VIII.

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    12. I really enjoyed this biography of the young Henry The reason I ve only given it the 4 stars is because the content was just not gripping enough, though Starkey set himself a tough task in tackling Henry s early life because it s simply not as interesting as when he becomes the older, greater, badder Henry that Starkey refers to on the final page.The part that really grabbed me was the mention of an attempted affair when Henry was just 18 That s what I wanted throughout, though I guess for that [...]

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    13. Review I thought that this was a good overview of the early years of Henry VIII I think, however, that it could have ended at a definite point, as it just sort of tailed off rather than ending per ce Sources are clearly referenced and events are often explained in detail I think that the chapter on ancestors could have done with explanation on why these people had such an affect on Henry, but otherwise a great read.General Subject s History Biography Tudors Henry VIIIRecommend YesRating 16 20

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    14. This was very interesting, as I d only ever previously had details about the Tudors from my school lessons Definitely one to read if you like Henry, and I m looking forward to reading the next book

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    15. This was a challenge to read Not as much history as one would hope from such a knowledgeable author A sudden ending too.

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    16. The WORST book ever The spelling and grammatical errors alone made it a pain to read Do not recommend Zero stars.

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    17. Being one of the recent Henry VIII biographies, and being specifically about Henry s youth, this was a popular choice when widespread interest became fuelled by that TV series with Jonathan Rhys Meyers I checked it for comparison with the 5 others I ve read on Henry.I rate it on par with the good ones for dynastic background and incidental impersonal detail, but not for character study If drily and stuffily presented than personally accessible, this is academically fine and faultless in its fi [...]

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    18. Tells the story of good Henry up to about age 20 Knowing things are going to take a nose dive gives a sense of perspective to a story I was only really familiar with at all from fictionalised versions and the echoes of these tales colour Mr Starkey s account in a way he probably might object to But they do it anyway.

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    19. Overall I really enjoyed reading this book and learning about the background to Henry s life which is often overlooked in favour of the main events I also enjoyed the focus on Henry VII as I prefer his era to Henry VIII Starkey has a talent for incorporating citations seamlessly to add credibility to his narrative However at times it was confusing as to which Henry was being discussed VII or VIII and there are so many different important figures that it s difficult to remember who is related to [...]

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    20. There is nothing like finishing a book but not knowing it because you re reading it on an e reader This one said their was 100 pages left, I didn t think all of it could be footnotes, but it was This is not a very good biography, which is surprising because David Starkey is King of the Tudors and making it accessible to the masses The problems with the book is the heavy reliance on numbers and names Too many names were dropped, making it difficult to keep track of the characters, Earls, Dukes an [...]

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    21. What marks this out from previous Henry biographies is Starkey s obvious love for the subject himself Starkey is one of the leading Tudor historians in the UK and is one of the most well known His work is also known for being very readable and accessible to those outside of academia Starkey focuses on those who came before Henry and who helped to shape him into the young man who eventually became king The follow up to this book will inevitably focus on his many marriages, which Henry is known be [...]

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    22. Fascinating and infuriating I genuinely enjoyed parts of this book, but Starkey s gossipy style really grates with me and I felt he tried to cover so much that he spread himself too thinly It was cleary a complicated time in England s history, with the political intrigue surrounding the end of the War of the Roses and the rise of the House of Tudor, and Starkey does a good job of explaining this, but most of the rest of this book feels like he has included anything vaguely of interest to him abo [...]

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    23. I m putting this one aside for a bit lighter reading Seriously though, this book is in my library, so I can read it anytime I want I have two borrowed books now, one from my local library I have 2 weeks to complete it , and one from the Prime lending library, and I d rather tackle them first Starkey as always is a wonderful writer but I m taking on two fairly new subjects Ian Mortimer s biography of Edward III an influential king I know little about , and suggested by a coworker of mine Gone Gir [...]

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    24. An excellent biography of the young Prince Henry, and then his early reign as Henry VIII Starkey does a fantastic job of seperating the two very different Henrys in history the young and virtuous one, and the old and mad one Henry began his reign with so much potential, but was soon drunk with power This book, however, focuses on the first Henry I read this book along side Julia Fox s Sister Queens The noble, tragic lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile I thought they compleme [...]

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    25. First let me say that I d rate it 3.5 It s shy of 4 because it s too biased, opinionated and cliched for me A book concentrating solely on Henry VIII s younger years is unique and I was very excited to get my hands on it It s written in a conversational tone which I liked mostly but it was the bias and opinion that annoyed me most often It s not even that I disagree with many of his suppositions, just annoyed that he passes them off as MUST be s It was an enlightening read though and I m eagerly [...]

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    26. Although this book explores a part of history we know little of, it doesn t really supply anything that is really that interesting Most people know that Henry had a an elder brother and was not raised to be king The most interesting part is the chapter on the pretender to the throne where Henry s father had to fight a pretender to the throne who pretended to be one of the princes who dies in the tower.Having said that this is an easy read and does provide some insight into how Henry VIII became [...]

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    27. In a word this was boring, which was really disappointing not only as I m a huge fan of anything to do with Henry VIII but also because David Starkey is a renowned historian This was just filled with too many boring facts and details and not enough juicy bits for my liking.Surely there are interesting things to say about the young Henry, than how much his rockers got paid or what his tutors taught him I guess I may have to wait for the second book when Henry is older and hopefully fascinating [...]

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    28. David Starkey says of himself as a historian, I write books as a storyteller There is room for analysis, the inclusion of original documents and quite detailed reflections on sources, but the thing that holds the narrative together for me is the story All of this holds true for Henry The Prince who would Turn Tyrant , which covers the period of time from Henry s birth to the arrival on the scene of Thomas Wolsey during the first year of his reign Informative, entertaining and easy reading.

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    29. Starkey can be a little heavy handed sometimes, but he does provide some of the best info in business Like others, I was shocked to reach the end a good hundred pages before the book s conclusion tons of footnotes, which is great but did you have to end it THERE.He assumes the reader can remember names titles, so he doesn t bother saying who Suffolk or Surrey titles Charles Brandon and Thomas Howard, respectively is after the first couple of mentions which can be confusing unless you ve studied [...]

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    30. I ve been reading this book along time, i started off reading it for history but it ended up not being about the bits i studied since this book pretty much ends where our course started it is amazingly in depth and you can see how Henry develops, i think it also ends at an appropriate place Wolsey I can t wait for the sequel Starkey is writing Henry s biography in 2 halves

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