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Henry VIII's Last Victim: The Life and Times of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  52 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A pioneering poet whose verse had a profound impact on Shakespeare and the English Renaissance, Surrey was nevertheless branded by one contemporary as “the most foolish proud boy that is in England.” He was the heir of England’s premier nobleman, first cousin to two of Henry VIII’s wives---Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard---and best friend and brother-in-law to the King’s ...more
Hardcover, 391 pages
Published December 10th 2007 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published November 28th 2007)
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Susan
Jun 19, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it
This is a very well written account of its subject. Recommended for those with a particular interest in this period of history.
Ralph Britton
Mar 18, 2013 Ralph Britton rated it it was amazing
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This is a sensitive biography which does not try to gloss over puzzling or uncertain aspects of Surrey's Life. I liked the treatment of his poetry in particular and the thoughtful attempt to relate it to his life. The book also throws another light on the character of King Henry VII, not to his advantage.
Linda Humberstone
Expertly researched giving a sympathetic picture of the executed Earl of Surrey's personality and short life. Talented from boyhood as a scholar and poet he ended up being just another imagined threat to Henry and his conniving advisors. He was brought to trial and execution on trumped up charges. Excellent history book illustrating the animosity between Catholics' and protestants' and the power struggles in the court of Henry V111.
Kavita
Feb 06, 2012 Kavita rated it really liked it
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A very balanced portrayal of the Earl of Surrey. Jessie Childs has done some remarkable research on one of the obscure figures of the reign of Henry VIII and has written a sensitive, yet balanced biography, a rare thing these days.

It was also a novel approach of using Howard's poems to illustrate his character and behaviour, and connecting them to contemporary events. Thug, nobleman or talented youth, Henry Howard stands out so well in this biography that one can easily put oneself in his place
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Sarah Wagner
Oct 21, 2013 Sarah Wagner rated it really liked it
A good biography of Henry Howard, the Earl of Surrey, who was an English poet, courtier to Henry VIII, and a military leader. Jessie Childs brings in details about the nobility and daily life to attempt to give a more complete picture of Surrey's life. However, I was somewhat disappointed in the discussion of the events leading to Surrey's execution, although this may be more a problem of sparse documentation than a failure of the author's. Nevertheless, this book provides a good overview of a n ...more
Kara
May 31, 2010 Kara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The author gets a little too speculative at times, trying to get into the Earl's head with little to go on, but overall, an excellent new display of the people of Henry VIII's court.

Also, this book was obviously a major source for the writing of season 4 of Showtime's The Tudors - so cool to see the book quoted on the show!
Judy
May 19, 2013 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This well written biography of a mercurial Tudor nobleman carried along well and introduced me to the poetry of a talented poetic innovator
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