Uomo dispotico e gaudente, rozzo e smodato negli appetiti, inarrivabile nelle ambizioni come nelle bassezze: questo è il ritratto convenzionale che abbiamo di Enrico VIII. Ma chi fu veramente questo sovrano che fu sul trono d'Inghilterra e d'Irlanda dal 1509 al 1547? A gettare luce su questo gigante della storia, questo re che ebbe sei mogli, delle quali due mandò a morte e tre ripudiò, che promosse lo scisma anglicano e si proclamò capo della Chiesa inglese, che fece giustiziare senza esitazioni Tommaso Moro, giunge ora questo romanzo imponente: dilagante autobiografia ' immaginaria, sì, ma saldamente documentata ' contrappuntata dalle annotazioni del buffone di corte. Un poderoso romanzo storico, un'inarrestabile epopea, un magistrale «romanzo dal vero» sul più famoso monarca d'Inghilterra e sulla vita di corte del XVI secolo.
- ISBN: 8850223250
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 960
The way I felt about this book was perhaps much like Henry VIII felt about one of his doomed wives. At first I was entranced, captivated, under a spell of sorts - I couldn't put the book down. However, about halfway through the honeymoon was over (so to speak), and I began to be annoyed at the littl Leggi tutto
“To be a king is to be an unnatural man.” (4.5 stars) “The Autobiography of Henry VIII with notes by his Fool, Will Somers” is an immense novel in whose world I enjoyed being submerged for 3 weeks while I read it. The premise of the text is that it is during the reign of Henry’s daughter, Mary, and t Leggi tutto
I'm ashamed by how long this book took me to read, but my defense is that it's a big thick thing, over 900 pages long. Not one you should pick up unless you're planning to be in it for the long haul and are genuinely interested in the subject matter. After years of seeing Henry portrayed as a fat, gr Leggi tutto
Margaret George appears to have challenged herself to write the definitive biography of England’s Henry VIII from the inside out. Henry did not leave us any self-reflective notes, but there is plenty of material around to provide George with the building blocks for her effort. Aside from the salacio Leggi tutto
As someone who is fascinated by all things Tudor, I was so excited to begin this book written by Margaret George. It is a lengthy prospect at over 950 pages, but I rather enjoy lengthy books, so unless that is a deterrent for you, I suggest you read this if you have any interest at all in the histor Leggi tutto
This is a very long but readable novel purporting to be the autobiography of Henry VIII, with commentary by his court fool. It tracks the king's life from his earliest memory at the age of three until shortly before his death. It is vividly told, and even though scenery and small details are mention Leggi tutto
By the end, it was difficult to decide who is more self-absorbed: the author or her subject. Margaret George said she wanted to give King Henry better PR. She failed totally. The plot was (naturally?) given over to his various wives/political schemes, but in 900 pages George really, really could have Leggi tutto
This is a book told from Henry’s viewpoint. From the beginning, I was captivated and drawn into King Henry’s world. The author makes Henry come alive as a human being with many of the same feelings as the rest of us and not a monster that is the common portrayal of him. The author does a fabulous jo Leggi tutto
Review + Superb pace and research + Engaging and extremely readable + Detailed, engrossing characters + A window on history First and foremost Margaret George is a superb historian and writer, she has the ability to make history alive and incredibly engaging. This hefty book makes you feel like it opened Leggi tutto
932 pages. You’re probably thinking: “That’s a lot of pages!” I admit I was a bit intimidated by the length of Margaret George’s novel on Henry VIII. However, I assure you, the length is less of an issue than the actual content of this gargantuan book. Disappointment arose quickly, as the beginning o Leggi tutto
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