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Henry VIII’s Annus Horribilis

I didn’t want to get started on reviewing books; I first dipped my toe into that water when I ranted about Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and her spoiled crew. I still plan on leaving book reviews to others, but there is a relatively new book I believe you should add to your queue, Tudor fans!

This isn’t as much a review (I don’t feel I’m qualified as a book reviewer) as it is a recommendation for the book I read just after that one, which I have recently finished, and that is 1536: The Year That Changed Henry VIII by Suzannah Lipscomb

One of the tragedies of Henry VIII’s character is his change from charming, athletic prince to paranoid, gross, and cruel king. Dr. Lipscomb explores the events of 1536 and puts forth why that year was a crucial turning point in the change we see. She easily conveys her vast knowledge of the subject in a well-organized and conversational manner, making 1536 a pleasure to read. It is only 209 pages, perfect for getting your Tudor fix during a long day at the beach or during a quiet weekend!

Dr. Lipscomb has been a research curator at Hampton Court, and a university lecturer. She’s now the subject convenor and Senior Lecturer for history at New College of the Humanities in central London. The complete goods, including video clips, can be found on her website.  And if you are on Twitter, give her a follow! @sixteenthCgirl


  Anonymous wrote @

I’ve read this book and absolutely LOVE it! One of the best I’ve ever read! Dr Lipscomb is just brilliant!

  Anne Barnhill wrote @

I’ve had this one on my bookshelf for a while now but have not yet had time to read it. There are a LOT of books waiting in line–so I’m glad to know it’s a good one–thanks!

  Jackie wrote @

I’ve got the book and I’ve read it twice! I think it’s excellent. Before buying it, I did ponder to myself about what and when Henry changed from being the popular handsome renaissance king to being a tyrant, and I’d always put it around this time. Very interesting book

  SG wrote @

Will check it out.

The Last Days of Henry VIII is also entertaining – a good companion for the 1536 book?

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