Kari's Reviews > The Last Days of Henry VIII: Conspiracy, Treason and Heresy at the Court of the Dying Tyrant

The Last Days of Henry VIII by Robert Hutchinson
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Jul 13, 2011

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A fascinating book looking at the end of Henry VIII's reign, a period often overlooked in favour of the Anne Boleyn years and the issues of religion and divorce. Hutchinson explores the role of Katherine Parr which was not as straightforward as her merely caring for him in his last years. There were plots to get rid of her and she worked hard to bring his children together with him as a family. Henry remained in control almost to the very end of his illness, playing factions against each other as he had done throughout his reign. The details and questions aroused by his will are fascinating and Hutchinson explores the politics of the time without making it a dry and heavy-going book. A good edition to the literature of Tudor England and a very interesting read.
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