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The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George
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Sep 15, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: books-read-in-2012, borrowed-books, fiction, historical-fiction, history, romance, real-books, top-reads-of-2012

There is something satisfying about reading a book of this length in paperback form rather than as a kindle edition. On looking at the book, you could be forgiven that it might be better used as a doorstop, or something of that nature. It is large, and as american editions of books seem to have these days, has a flat spine, which makes bending the book over on itself a challenging job. This is definitely a book that you have to sit up and read, its too big to try to curl up in bed with.

This was a very good book though. I was gripped by the storyline. Whilst I am a lover of all tudor fiction, this approached the period in a unique way in comparison to all of the past books that I have read. A lot of authors demonise Henry for the way he treated people, but this book approaches it so that he demonises himself in a way. Told from Henry's "point of view" this book gives you the story of a King who had, it would be fair to say, a somewhat uneventful 38 year reign - once you take out the number of wives and the way he treated them. The characters are familiar, but the descriptions are not. Margaret George has done a fantastic job here of bringing Henry to life with all his failings and successes.

Don't be put off by the title "The Autobiography...", this is not a traditional autobiography, it is very much towards the fictional side rather than non fiction. It is easy to read (once you get past the number of pages it is) and it is difficult to put down once you are into it. I would read it again.
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Reading Progress

September 15, 2011 – Shelved
March 4, 2012 – Started Reading
March 4, 2012 – Shelved as: books-read-in-2012
March 4, 2012 – Shelved as: borrowed-books
March 4, 2012 – Shelved as: fiction
March 4, 2012 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
March 4, 2012 – Shelved as: history
March 4, 2012 – Shelved as: romance
March 4, 2012 – Shelved as: real-books
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March 11, 2012 –
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March 12, 2012 –
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77.53%
March 13, 2012 –
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83.07%
March 13, 2012 –
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100.0%
March 13, 2012 – Finished Reading
March 18, 2012 – Shelved as: top-reads-of-2012

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