Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.
King of England, claimant King of France, Lord - and later King - of Ireland, Supreme Head of the Church of England and, perhaps most famously, six times a husband, Henry VIII is England's most notorious monarch. Succeeding his father, Henry VII, he allied with the Holy Roman Emperor and began his many obsessive invasions of France.
Meanwhile the handsome, worldly king embarked on his famous quests for a suitable wife and heir. With marriage to Anne Boleyn came the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church, Reformation and the Dissolution of the Monasteries. From his childhood to his later years and famed appetites for food, sex and validation, Henry VIII: History in an Hour describes the life of a man whose desires and determination changed England and the world.
©2014 Simon Court (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
"If the past is a foreign country, History in an Hour is like a high-class tour operator, offering delightfully enjoyable short breaks in the rich and diverse continent of our shared past" (Dominic Sandbrook)
"The practice of History is ever-evolving, and the History in an Hour idea brings it back up to date for the digital age" (Andrew Roberts, Bookseller)
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I'm a lover of history and historical tales, so to have such an important part of British history revisited in just one hour was great.
This would be very useful for those studying the Henry VIII reign, as well as those seeking a refresher or general overview of that period.
As the book is only one hour, i thought it'd be difficult to gain an insight into Henry, but Simon Court manages to vividly describe his character.
Simply put, it was a great refresher for me. Instead of now trawling back through historical stories and novels for a reminder/refresher, History in one hour will be where I turn to now.
I can imagine this series serving my children well, as they learn about our history at school.
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