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Henry VIII.   By: (1869-1948)

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..[Transcriber's note: Obvious printer's errors have been corrected. The original spelling has been retained.]

HENRY VIII.

BY THE SAME AUTHOR.

FROM THE ACCESSION OF EDWARD VI. TO THE DEATH OF ELIZABETH (1547 1603). (Political History of England, Vol. VI.). With 2 Maps.

THE COMMONWEALTH AT WAR. 8vo.

THE WAR: ITS HISTORY AND MORALS. 8vo.

THE REIGN OF HENRY VII. FROM CONTEMPORARY SOURCES. Selected and arranged with an Introduction. Crown 8vo.

Vol. I. Narrative Extracts. Vol. II. Constitutional, Social, and Economic History. Vol. III. Diplomacy, Ecclesiastical Affairs and Ireland.

UNIVERSITY OF LONDON INTERMEDIATE SOURCE BOOKS OF HISTORY.

ILLUSTRATIONS OF CHAUCER'S ENGLAND. Edited by MISS DOROTHY HUGHES. With a Preface by A.F. POLLARD, M.A., Litt.D., Fellow of All Souls, and Professor of English History in the University of London. Crown 8vo.

ENGLAND UNDER THE YORKISTS. 1460 1485. Illustrated from Contemporary Sources by ISOBEL D. THORNLEY, M.A., Assistant in the Department of History, University College, London. With a Preface by A.F. POLLARD, M.A., Litt.D. Crown 8vo.

LONGMANS, GREEN AND CO., LONDON, NEW YORK, BOMBAY, CALCUTTA, AND MADRAS.

HENRY VIII.

BY

A.F. POLLARD, M.A.

Professor Of Constitutional History At University College, London; Examiner In Modern History In The Universities Of Oxford And London; Author Of "A Life Of Cranmer," "England Under Protector Somerset," Etc., Etc.

NEW IMPRESSION

LONGMANS, GREEN AND CO 39 PATERNOSTER ROW, LONDON FOURTH AVENUE & 30th STREET, NEW YORK BOMBAY, CALCUTTA, AND MADRAS 1919

First published by Messrs. Goupil & Co. in June, 1902, with numerous illustrations. New Edition, May, 1905. Reprinted, January, 1913, and October, 1919.

PREFACE. (p. v)

It is perhaps a matter rather for regret than for surprise that so few attempts have been made to describe, as a whole, the life and character of Henry VIII. No ruler has left a deeper impress on the history of his country, or done work which has been the subject of more keen and lasting contention. Courts of law are still debating the intention of statutes, the tenor of which he dictated; and the moral, political, and religious, are as much in dispute as the legal, results of his reign. He is still the Great Erastian, the protagonist of laity against clergy. His policy is inextricably interwoven with the high and eternal dilemma of Church and State; and it is well nigh impossible for one who feels keenly on these questions to treat the reign of Henry VIII. in a reasonably judicial spirit. No period illustrates more vividly the contradiction between morals and politics. In our desire to reprobate the immorality of Henry's methods, we are led to deny their success; or, in our appreciation of the greatness of the ends he achieved, we seek to excuse the means he took to achieve them. As with his policy, so with his character. (p. vi) There was nothing commonplace about him; his good and his bad qualities alike were exceptional. It is easy, by suppressing the one or the other, to paint him a hero or a villain. He lends himself readily to polemic; but to depict his character in all its varied aspects, extenuating nothing nor setting down aught in malice, is a task of no little difficulty... Continue reading book >>




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