David Starkey's brilliant overview of the great game of politics, over which Henry VIII presided
David Starkey is an Honorary Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and the author of Elizabeth, Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII and Henry: Virtuous Prince. He is a winner of the Norton Medlicott Medal for Services to History, and of the WH Smith Prize. He is well-known for his historical television series focusing on the Tudors, monarchy and Britain, and for his radio appearances. Starkey was made a CBE in 2007 and lives in London.
Biographers have always found Henry VIII a controversial, albeit endlessly intriguing, character. This work, which is a radical departure from existing treatments in that it suggests that Henry was easily and often manipulated by those about him, will add to that controversy. Unfortunately, Starkey produces precious little in the way of new evidence to support his thesis (there are no footnotes and his bibliography is scant), and if his work has any real value it will be as a stimulus to debate. J.J. Scarisbrick's Henry VIII (1968), Lacey Baldwin Smith's Henry VIII: the mask of royalty (1971), and G.R. Elton's The Tudor Revolution in Government (1953) are better, more scholarly, and more convincing. Most libraries can skip. James A. Casada, History Dept., Winthrop Coll., Rock Hill, S.C.
"Starkey has the mind of an historian but the eye of a court painter" -- Peter Ackroyd The Times "To anyone who can savour the atmosphere of high politics, this book will make exciting reading" -- Conrad Russell "Starkey's great innovation as a constitutional historian has been his readiness to take a closer look at the organisation of the early modern royal household" Times Literary Supplement "To anyone who savours the atmosphere of high politics, this book will make exciting reading" Conrad Russell "David Starkey brings to the task not only a mastery of institutional framework...but also skills in graphic delineation of character and an exuberant narrative panache" -- R. A. Houlbrooke