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A fictional autobiography of king henry viii

The Autobiography of Henry VIII

This Henry is a product of his youth. One of the joys of this text are the little nuggets of historical reference scattered throughout the book that allude to other historical events and relationships that are not addressed in the novel. If you are familiar with the history of the period you will notice them, if not you will be no worse for the wear.

A strong suit of this book is how deftly the author, Margaret George, handles the characterization of Henry. She shows us, she never tells us. Thus, if the reader does not pay attention it is easy to misread this novel.

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George is not celebrating or condemning the protagonist. He is a mix of the best and worst of humanity. At times, he is appallingly ignorant of the truth of who he is, and at other times he is brutally honest and observant about himself.

The characterization of Henry has wonderful depth and vitality.

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The reader must determine what truth is and what is self-deceit. As does everyone who encounters us on a daily basis. The novel flows so smoothly, impressive considering its length. Religion, politics and the personal ebb and flow around each other with ease in Ms.

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I also found myself annotating a lot, there are many profound lines and moments in this text. No one sets out to have a list of regrets.

  • The reader must determine what truth is and what is self-deceit;
  • Religion, politics and the personal ebb and flow around each other with ease in Ms;
  • I enjoyed reading this novel, was never bored by it and a little sad when it ended;
  • George is strongest at portraying Henry the ardent lover and frequently enraged husband, weakest at depicting Henry the warrior, navy builder and Machiavellian statesman;
  • The characterization of Henry has wonderful depth and vitality.

It is a mortal condition. I enjoyed reading this novel, was never bored by it and a little sad when it ended. Not my normal feeling when completing a book of almost 1000 pages.

The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers: A Novel

This book came unexpectedly into my reading life, I am glad it did!