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by J. J. Scarisbrick

Free eBook Henry VIII (English Monarchs Series) download ISBN: 0520011309
Author: J. J. Scarisbrick
Publisher: University of California Press (October 1, 1972)
Language: English
Pages: 592
Category: Biography and Memoir
Subcategory: Historical
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One of the things I appreciated about Scarisbrick’s style is that he offers up a temperate discussion of Henry VIII.

One of the things I appreciated about Scarisbrick’s style is that he offers up a temperate discussion of Henry VIII. He notes the positive achievements and qualities, yet also acknowledges the failings, writing that maybe he was no more unaware and irresponsible than many kings have been; but rarely if ever have the unawareness and irresponsibility of a king proved more costly of material benefit to his people.

First published in 1968, Jack Scarisbrick's "Henry VIII" is a book which focuses on the personality of this flamboyant and forceful monarch, exploring an impulsive interventionist king whose impact on the government, society and religion of England is felt more than four centuries on. Get A Copy.

The Yale English Monarchs series is a series of biographies on English and British kings and queens, published by Yale University Press

The Yale English Monarchs series is a series of biographies on English and British kings and queens, published by Yale University Press. Several books in the English Monarchs series have previously also been published by the University of California Press, though the series is today in the hands of Yale University Press.

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The English Monarchs Series. It is the magisterial quality of . Scarisbrick's work that has enabled it to hold the field for so long. -Steve Gunn, Times Literary Supplement

The English Monarchs Series. Henry VIII's forceful personality dominated his age and continues to fascinate our own. In few other reigns have there been developments of such magnitude-in politics, foreign relations, religion, and society-that have so radically affected succeeding generations. -Steve Gunn, Times Literary Supplement. J. Scarisbrick is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Bristol.

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by. Scarisbrick, J. (John Joseph), 1928-. Henry VIII, King of England. Includes bibliography and index. Berkeley : University of California Press. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; americana. irregular pagination page's 274-275.

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This detailed biography concentrates on the domestic life of the monarch, foreign affairs in which he was involved and his influence on religion. Bibliogs
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Brol
Focused on the most complex issues in the reign of Henry VIII. His detailed discussion of the canon law aspects of the King's plea to Rome to grant him a divorce or annulment from Queen Catherine is at the heart of the book. One of the reviewers here has described this book as "boring." For sure, if you are looking for the sort of bodice-ripping we saw in the sensationalistic Tudors television series, you will find none of that here. This book is not for newcomers to this period of history. But if you have a deeper interest in the extremely important events of this King's tenure, this is highly recommended.
Jark
This book has been described as the “classic,” and “fullest and best scholarly biography” of Henry VIII by more than one history professor. It is also my favorite. Scarisbrick covers in depth the man and his time, offering detailed explorations of foreign ventures, the divorce case, the anticlericalism that motivated the Reformation and other issues that arose. The wealth of information and analysis is formidable, if sometimes a little tedious, but one comes away with a solid understanding of the significant matters of Henry’s reign. Scarisbrick discusses the wives, but they are not the primary focus, so readers more interested in Henry’s marital history would be better served elsewhere.

One of the things I appreciated about Scarisbrick’s style is that he offers up a temperate discussion of Henry VIII. He notes the positive achievements and qualities, yet also acknowledges the failings, writing that “maybe he was no more unaware and irresponsible than many kings have been; but rarely if ever have the unawareness and irresponsibility of a king proved more costly of material benefit to his people.” Scarisbrick’s willingness to see Henry as a flawed human rather than just a tyrant with “cruel, piggy eyes” appeals to me far more than the judgmental accounts of other authors. When a writer’s perspective is solely negative, I start to wonder how much that bias is influencing his or her interpretation of events.

As a professional historian, Scarisbrick evaluates source material for context, custom, bias, and motives. He comments on the theories of other Tudor scholars, then offers his own views. The writing is actually engaging, so the book is a pleasant read overall, but the minutiae on canon law might be a good soporific for insomniacs.

I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the Tudors.
Uriel
Very good book....probably the most accurate in terms of characterizations. I couldn't put it down. A staple for the "British History" section of your home library. Soft cover, however easier for me to read that way.
Connorise
Great book if you are interested in Henry VIII and how he controlled his kingdom
Nalmezar
Interesting evaluation on his life
Jwalextell
Anyone wanting to seriously study Henry VIII will need to read this book. I think that it takes a number of books to get an idea of "Great Harry's" life, but this has unique information. I believe that Scarisbrick was the first historian permitted to use the Vatican archives to research Henry's annulment/divorce. Scarisbrick, for example, analyzes the divorce/annulment of Henry and Catharine of Aragon in careful details, and comes to a somewhat surprising conclusion. Also very carefully examined are the course of the Henrician church, and Henry's ever-shifting foreign policy.

I have one small comment. Scarisbrick expresses surprise that Henry persisted in using the somewhat eccentric argument from Leviticus. I think the reason is clear: Henry wanted something that could not be resolved by dispensation. As Retha Warnicke says in The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn: Family Politics at the Court of Henry VIII (Canto): "[...] Cardinal [Wolsey] [...] could and did find better reasons than Henry's for ending his marriage, but his arguments (like those of other scholars) can all be characterized as legal technicalities that are by their nature subject to retroactive dispensation. In contrast, Henry's reasoning is straightforward: the pope could not dispense from Biblical law [...]." This cavil does not diminish Scarisbrick's achievement.
Mr.jeka
I read this book right after reading Carolly Erickson's biography of Henry VIII, and on balance this book is better and easier to read. I love that Scarisbrick has modernized the spelling and punctuation of the original documents he quotes. I think the picture of Henry presented is well-balanced, and does not minimize the faults of the subject of the biography. The careful examination of the question of the validity of the marriage of Henry and Catherine of Aragon is the best I have ever read, and partisans on either side of that question will see that there is indeed another side to the view they favor. The examination of the religious views of Henry is detailed and enlightening. I have always had a negative view of Henry VIII and I still have after reading this book, but the book was instructive and enlightening. The footnotes are where they belong (at the bottom of each page) and the bibliography is detailed though of course a bit dated in the 1968 edition I read. After you read this book you will know that you have read a really good biography of this important figure in world history.