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Great Harry A Life of King Henry VIII
by Carolly Erickson.

After the enthusiastic critical reception of Bloody Mary, Carolly Erickson's dazzling gifts for historical colour and detail are brought to bear on Mary's father, Henry VIII 0- Great Harry. The contours of the legend are familiar enough -can outsize man, stout and formidable, a royal satyr indulging his lusts and decapitating his discarded wives, a tyrannical ruler sweeping aside venerable institutions at his erratic whim. In the words of a contemporary, he was 'undoubtedly the rarest man that lived in his time'.
But, as Carolly Erickson shows, the legend overlooks much that was vital to his personality - his keen intellectuality, his debonair high spirits, his daring athleticism, his restless energy, the charm of his manner, the indefinable quality of his majesty. This retelling of Harry's personal story is more an account of the life of the man than of the king; and though there have been other biographies of this most extraordinary of English monarchs, rarely before have his person and psyche been so brilliantly revealed.
Hardback, 1980 , 428 pages, good condition, wear and tear in jacket top edge, age spots on edge

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