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Rebellion Against Henry VIII  (Hardback)

The Rise and Fall of a Dynasty

P&S History > British History > Tudors & Stuarts P&S History > By Century > 16th Century P&S History > Royal History

By Phil Carradice
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 184
Illustrations: 35 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781399071765
Published: 2nd February 2023


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Even the most beloved of sovereigns faced moments of disorder and disruption at some stage during their reign. How they responded to those periods is what made them a great or a weak monarch. More importantly, it is what continues to make their reigns fascinating for historians and story tellers. In this, Henry VIII, arguably England’s most famous - or infamous - ruler was no different from the rest.

Selfish, opinionated, lustful and driven, Henry VIII created disorder and chaos in his country, laid the foundations of the Anglican Church and began the process of changing a tiny, wind-swept island off the coast of Europe into a mighty Empire, the likes of which the world had never seen before.

This fresh new perspective of Henry VIII’s reign and legacy takes the readers on a journey through the key moments of unrest and open rebellion. We learn about the cataclysmic events that were catalyst for disorder and disturbance to the general public, and journey through the instances of open rebellions like the Pilgrimage of Grace of 1536, one the most significant uprising of the sixteenth century, not just for Henry himself but for any of the great Tudor monarchs. Last but certainly not least, we look at how war disturbed the peace of Henry’s tumultuous reign with the rebellion of Rhys ap Gruffydd in Wales, the Scottish invasion and the Silken Thomas Revolt in Ireland.

The reign of Henry VIII began with joyous celebration at the arrival of a shining new king and ended with widespread terror at the rantings of a psychotic overlord. By focussing on the rebellions against Henry VIII, we cast new eyes on his character and gain a fascinating insight into the lives of Tudor men and women during the turbulent thirty-nine years of his reign.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Informative and well written. I like that the author included information on the enclosure problems and some of the rebellions that are missed or played down in most books for the popular media.

NetGalley, Caroline Palmer

A well researched book on Henry the eighth. A very interesting read. I would thoroughly recommend this book to everyone interested in English history Well done.

NetGalley, Lional Jones

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I love everything Tudor and highly recommend this book. This author did a great job and it was a fascinating read. I have not read many books about this subject matter.

NetGalley, Heather Michael

It was incredibly well written, in a way that I couldn't put it down. I was completely mesmerized by Carradice's way with words. It's a difficult task to keep interest in an historic book like this and he accomplishes it.

NetGalley, Sira Barbeito

Interesting focus regarding the reign of Henry VIII. This book focuses on the various uprisings that occurred during his tenure as king of England. Over the course of 14 chapters, you learn about these uprisings, the most famous of which are the break with Rome/dissolution of the monasteries, the Pilgrimage of Grace, and the rough wooing of the young Mary, Queen of Scots.

Easy to read, extremely engaging, and a wonderful addition to the plethora of books on Tudor history.

NetGalley, Mariama Thorlu-Bangura

About Phil Carradice

Phil Carradice is a well-known writer and historian with over 60 books to his credit. A poet, story teller and broadcaster, his most recent books are The Cuban Missile Crisis (Pen and Sword), The Call Up (Fonthill) and the novel Stargazers for Accent Press. He is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio and TV, presents the BBC Wales History programme 'The Past Master' and is widely regarded as one of the finest creative writing tutors in Wales.

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