The Books of King Henry VIII and His Wives

The Books of King Henry VIII and His Wives

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King Henry VIII was one of the most intelligent and widely read monarchs of the renaissance. From surviving catalogues, which tell us what books he had, it is clear he was deeply involved in theological debate and monastic history, especially when moving to the break with Rome. At the same time, he was a Humanist scholar ahead of his time in all the liberal arts, especially music and poetry. Equally, most of his wives were also avid readers who collected a variety of books. In this important new work, leading scholar James P. Carley describes Henry VIII's books and their significance for a deeper understanding of this seemingly familiar monarch and his wives. The extensive illustrations allow us to examine the binding and content of the collection, as well as providing some examples of marginalia in Henry's own hand.Born in Toulouse around 1450 and trained in law, the blind poet and new yeara#39;s gifts Austin friar Bernard Andre came to England at the close of the Wars of the and other Roses and his earliest surviving work is a paean to Henry VIIa#39;s triumphant presentations entry into London in 1485. ... beloved by contemporary poets abroad by organizing the lines into an acrostic giving the names and titles of Henryanbsp;...

Title:The Books of King Henry VIII and His Wives
Author:James P. Carley
Publisher:London : British Library - 2004-01


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