Bastard Prince: Henry VIII's Lost Son
It took Henry VIII 28 years, three wives, and a break with Rome before he secured a legitimate male heir. Yet he already had the illegitimate Henry Fitzroy. Fitzroy was born in 1519 after the king's affair with a gentlewoman named Elizabeth Blount. He was the only illegitimate offspring ever acknowledged by Henry VIII, and Cardinal Wolsey was even one of his godparents. T...more
I wanted to like this book more than I did. Henry Fitzroy, while not really lost, has been glossed over in history. I mean, The Tudors killed him off in the space of an episode while he really outlived Anne Boleyn by a few months. (And, wouldn’t that have been interesting drama to add in!) He’s just not one to talk about since he died relatively young and was a bastard.
The thing I wanted more from this book was a clear thesis throughout Murphy’s biography ...more