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Henry VIII.   By: (1869-1948)

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In this captivating book, author Alfred W. Pollard delves into the extraordinary life of one of England's most iconic monarchs - Henry VIII. With meticulous research and a gripping narrative style, Pollard paints a vivid portrait of a king whose reign left an indelible mark on history.

From the very beginning, the book immerses readers in the tumultuous world of sixteenth-century England. Pollard expertly sets the stage, providing a detailed backdrop of political intrigue, religious unrest, and power struggles that defined the era. With a seemingly insatiable appetite for power, wealth, and love, Henry VIII emerges as a complex and contradictory figure, driven by his insatiable desire to leave a lasting legacy.

Pollard masterfully dissects the various aspects of Henry's life, shedding light on his relationships, marriages, and an insatiable desire for a male heir. His portrayal of Henry's relationships with his wives is both captivating and heartbreaking. From the ill-fated union with Catherine of Aragon to the scandalous romance with Anne Boleyn, each marriage is explored in all its triumphs and tragedies.

What sets this book apart is Pollard's ability to bring the past to life. Through meticulous research, he uncovers forgotten letters, personal accounts, and historical records, allowing readers to glimpse into the more personal side of Henry VIII. From his intellectual pursuits to his love for the arts, we see a multifaceted monarch who was not just defined by his political actions, but also by his contributions as a patron of the arts.

Despite its scholarly nature, Pollard's writing remains accessible and engaging. He seamlessly weaves together historical facts and narrative, making the book a compelling page-turner. Furthermore, his analysis of Henry's reign goes beyond simple historical storytelling, providing thought-provoking insights into the far-reaching consequences of Henry's decisions.

If there is one criticism, it is perhaps the occasional dense and detailed sections that might be overwhelming for readers less familiar with the subject matter. However, Pollard's clear passion for the topic shines through, making it easy to forgive these minor shortcomings.

In conclusion, Alfred W. Pollard's "Henry VIII" unveils the captivating world of one of England's most fascinating monarchs. By blending historical facts with compelling storytelling, Pollard breathes life into an era that continues to fascinate readers today. This book is a must-read for both history enthusiasts and those seeking a riveting exploration of one man's turbulent reign.

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



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



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.


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... Continue reading book >>

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