Book List #5

Book List #5

A Lover’s Guide to King Henry VIII of England: A Look at the Man, His Wives, and His Mistresses Including Catherine of Aragon, Elizabeth Blount, Anne Boleyn, Mary Boleyn and More edited by Annabel Audley from High Quality Wikipedia Articles.
The role of the book within our culture is changing. The change is brought on by new ways to acquire & use content, the rapid dissemination of information and real-time peer collaboration on a global scale. Despite these changes on thing is clear – “the book” in it’s traditional form continues to play an important role in learning and communication. The book you  re holding in your hand utilizes the unique characteristics of the Internet – replying on web infrastructure and collaborative tools to share and use resources in keeping with the characteristics of the medium (use-created, defying control, etc.) – while maintaining all the convenience and utility of a real book.

Kings & Queens of England and Scotland by Plantagenet Somerset Fry
Britain’s monarchs brought to life through contemporary portarits, artefacts, paintings, and photographs.

Anne Boleyn One short life that changed the English-speaking world by Colin Hamer
Anne Boleyn, twenty years old, stepped onto the shore at Dover in the winter of 1521 after several years abroad. She had been sent to France to assimilate French culture, and had used the time well. She was all set to make a big impression at the Tudor courtand did, capturing the heart of Henry VIII. But this woman, who was in the grave by the age of thirty-six and on the throne of England for only three years, provokes strong reactions from many. Was she an immoral woman who seduced Henry away from his rightful wife for the advancement of family and personal gain? In this well-researched, fresh look at Anne, Colin Hamer sets her in her context as a young woman who had come to true faith in Christ, and shows the impact for good she made from her position of influence, an impact we still benefit from today.

Henry VIII by David Loades
'Means to be God, and do as pleases himself', Martin Luther observed. It was a shrewd comment, not merely on the divorce in which the King was then embroiled, but upon his whole career. Henry VIII was self righteous, and convinced that he enjoyed a special relationship with the Almighty, which gave him a unique claim upon the obedience of his subjects. He subdued the church, sidelined the old nobility, and reorganized the government, all in the name of that Good Lordship which was his God-given responsibility.
As a youth, he was a magnificent specimen of manhood, and in age a gargantuan wreck, but even in his prime he was never the 'ladies man' of legend and his own imagination. Sexual insecurity undermined him and gave him an irascible edge - fatal to Anne Boleyn and Thomas Cromwell. Several times he took out his frustrations in warfare, but succeeded only in spending vast sums of money. He dominated England during his life, and for many years thereafter, but his personality is as controversial today as it was then.
Professor David Loades has spent most of his life investigating the remains, literary, archival and archaeological, of Henry VIII, and this monumental new biography book is the result. His portrait of Henry is distinctive, he was neither a genius nor a tyrant, but a man' like any other', except for the extraordinary circumstances in which he found himself.

The Tudor Queens of England by David Loades
From Elizabeth of York — wife of Henry VII, the first Tudor monarch — through to Elizabeth I, her grand-daughter and the last in the line, this book explores some of the most colourful and dramatic women in British history. Queen consorts were central to the Royal Court but their role has rarely been examined or contrasted with the better known ruling queens. How did they behave (in and out of the bedchamber)? How powerful were they as patrons of learning and the arts? What religious views did they espouse and why? How successful and influential were they?

Sisters to the King by Maria Perry
Much has been written about Henry VIII and his six wives, but his sisters, Margaret and Mary, have had less of the limelight – until Maria Perry examined their amazing lives and their influence on European history in this enthralling book.
In the Tudor age both Margaret and Mary were thought to be more important personalities than Henry’s six wives. Margaret became Queen of Scotland at the age of thirteen. Mary, Henry’s famously beautiful younger sister, was married off to the ageing King of France. Against convention both chose their second husbands for love. Mary risked her head by proposing to the handsome Duke of Suffolk; Margaret’s husband James IV was killed by Henry’s armies, her children were snatched from her and her two subsequent husband betrayed her, yet she defied convention by twice seeking divorce.
Wonderfully illuminating and truly groundbreaking, Sisters to the King not only reveals two remarkable historical figures, but radically alters our view of Henry VIII and Tudor history.

Tudor Woman Queens & Commoners by Alison Plowden
The Tudor era belongs to its women. No other period of English history has produced so many notable and interesting women, and in no other period have they so powerfully influenced the course of political events. Mary Tudor, Elizabeth I and, at moments of high drama, Mary Queen of Scots dominated the political scene for more than half a century, while in the previous fifty years Henry VIII’s marital escapades brought six more women to the  centre of attention. In this book the women of the royal family are the central characters; the royal women set the style and between them they provide a dazzling variety of personalities as well as illustrating almost every aspect of life as it affect women in Tudor England. We know what they are, how they dressed, the books they read and the letters they wore. Even the greatest of them suffered the universal legal and physiological disabilities of womanhood – some survived them, some triumphed over them and some went under. Now revised and updated, Alison Plowden’s beautifully written about of the women behind the sense and at the forefront of sixteenth-century English history will be welcomed by anyone interested in exploring this popular period of history from the point of view of the women who made it.

Five Women of the English Reformation by Paul F. M. Zahl
This compelling volume puts the spotlight on five strong and intellectually gifted women who paid for their commitment to Protestant Christianity with imprisonment, exile, and martyrdom.
Paul Zahl vividly tells the stories of five mothers of the sixteenth-century English Reformation: Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Jane Grey, Anne Askew, and Catherine Willoughby. All of these women were powerful theologians intensely interested in the religious concerns of their day. All byt Anne Boleyn left behind a considerable body of written work – excerpts of which are preserved in this book’s appendices. Underscoring these women’s theological achievements, Zahl also considers what their stories have to say about the relation of gender to theology, human motivation, and God. An important epilogue by Mary Zahl contributes a contemporary women’s view of these fascinating historical figures.


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