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By Alison Weir

"Fascinating . . . Alison Weir does complete justice to the subject."
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At his demise in 1547, King Henry VIII left 4 heirs to the English throne: his in simple terms son, the nine-year-old Prince Edward; the girl Mary, the grownup daughter of his first spouse Katherine of Aragon; the woman Elizabeth, the teenage daughter of his moment spouse Anne Boleyn; and his younger great-niece, the girl Jane gray. during this riveting account Alison Weir paints a distinct portrait of those striking rulers, interpreting their problematic relationships to one another and to background. She lines the tumult that Henry's dying, from the short intrigue-filled reigns of the boy king Edward VI and the delicate girl Jane gray, to the savagery of "Bloody Mary," and at last the accession of the politically adroit Elizabeth I.

As regularly, Weir deals a clean point of view on a interval that has spawned the various so much enduring myths in English background, combining the simplest of the historian's and the biographer's art.

"Like anthropology, historical past and biography can show surprising methods of feeling and being. Alison Weir's sympathetic collective biography, the youngsters of Henry VIII does simply that, reminding us that human nature has changed--and for the higher. . . . Weir imparts stream and coherence whereas re-creating the suspense her characters persevered and the ache they inflicted."
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Your ladyship’s loving acquaintances, displaying your self an obedient topic. [Signed] Thomas, Archbishop of Canterbury; the Bishop of Ely; Northumberland; Bedford; Suffolk; Northampton; Arundel; Shrewsbury; Huntingdon; Pembroke; Clinton; and so on. Twenty-one privy councillors signed; William Cecil was once now not in their quantity. He didn't approve of Jane’s accession, and was once operating in mystery to revive Mary, utilizing Sir Nicholas Throckmorton as an agent. Cecil’s disaffection escaped Northumberland’s observe, yet encouraged the watchful and green with envy Arundel to paintings with him in mystery at the princess’s behalf. at the eleventh, Northumberland discovered, to his dismay, that Mary used to be nonetheless at huge, Robert Dudley having did not seize her. The Duke knew that every day that observed Mary at liberty elevated her possibilities of good fortune, and realised that an armed disagreement used to be now inevitable. He needs to act quickly if the victory used to be to be his, and he begun by way of dispatching a letter within the identify of Queen Jane to the entire lord lieutenants of the counties: ‘You will endeavour your self in all issues to the uttermost of your strength, not just to safeguard our simply identify to the crown, but additionally to aid us to disturb, repel and face up to the feigned and unfaithful declare of the girl Mary, bastard daughter to our great-uncle, Henry VIII. ’ Northumberland might have dearly enjoyed to steer a military opposed to Mary himself, yet he dared now not go away London, and had inadequate forces to be had there besides. as a substitute, he spent that night and the following day arranging a basic muster of troops in Tothill Fields close to Westminster, and setting up the recruitment of extra males ‘to fetch within the woman Mary, to ruin Her Grace’. ‘The drum is overwhelmed right here to elevate troops, and they're to have a month’s pay in advance,’ stated Scheyfve. by way of Wednesday 12 July, thirty extra gents and their retainers had arrived at Kenninghall, and Mary made up our minds that she should still stream to a bigger stronghold with greater fortifications. On that day she marched together with her forces to Framlingham citadel in Suffolk, one other Howard estate that had reverted to the Crown, which used to be located in basic terms fifteen miles from the coast. Framlingham used to be a effective castle, with a curtain wall 40 ft lengthy and 8 thick, intersected via 13 nice towers, and enclosing a good-looking brick accommodation outfitted lately by way of the Duke of Norfolk. right here, having came across the deer park less than the fort filled with local community come to provide their allegiance, Mary raised her average, and it used to be variously suggested quickly afterwards that she was once attended by means of among 14,000 and 40,000 males (the actual determine was once most likely closer 15,000), with numbers expanding day-by-day, boosted by way of ‘innumerable small businesses of the typical people’, armed with no matter what got here handy. modern observers, equivalent to Robert Wingfield who was once most likely current at Framlingham and shortly afterwards wrote a Latin biography of Mary, have been convinced that those that provided her their help did so out of an organization conviction of the rightness of her declare, and thanks to the affection they bore her.

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