In the lion's court : power, ambition, and sudden death in the reign of Henry VIII

by Wilson, Derek, 1935-

Format: Print Book 2002
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction DA334.A1 W55 2002x
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Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  DA334.A1 W55 2002x
The story of Henry VIII and his six wives is a well-known example of the caprice and violence that dominated that King's reign. Now renowned historian Derek Wilson examines a set of relationships that more vividly illustrate just how dangerous life was in the court of the Tudor lion. He tells the interlocking stories of six men--all curiously enough named Thomas--whose ambitions and principles brought them face to face with violent death, as recorded in a simple mnemonic: 'Died, beheaded, beheaded, Self-slaughtered, burned, survived.'
"In the Lion's Court" is an illuminating examination of the careers of the six Thomases---
Thomas Wolsey, Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell, Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury and Thomas Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton---whose lives are described in parallel. Wilson traces their family and social origins, their pathways to the royal Council chamber, their occupancy of the Siege Perilous, and the tragedies that, one by one, overwhelmed them. By showing how events shaped and were shaped by relationships and personal destinies, Derek Wilson offers a fresh approach to the political narrative of a tumultuous reign.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "From the Magna Carta to the American Bill of Rights, there has been a steady, irreversible, Anglo-American trend toward the guarantee of individual rights against the coercive power of the state. But Wilson shows that the trend had some rather gigantic deviations. In his depiction of the capricious and dangerous atmosphere at the court of Henry VIII, Wilson avoids the more sensational victims of Henry's wrath, particularly his wives. Instead, he illustrates the broader nature of the tyranny by focusing on the fates of six men, all called Thomas, who suffered ignominious fates, including Thomas More, who was appointed chancellor by Henry but lost his head because he would not bless Henry's marriage. In this milieu of persecution and betrayal, paranoia seemed the safest course. This revealing and disturbing book is a valuable reminder that our liberties are never fully secure, and require vigilance and sometimes courage to be maintained. --Jay Freeman"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
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Subjects Southampton, Thomas Wriothesley, -- Earl of, -- 1509-1550.
Cromwell, Thomas, -- Earl of Essex, -- 1485?-1540.
Norfolk, Thomas Howard, -- Duke of, -- 1473-1554.
More, Thomas, -- Saint, -- 1478-1535.
Cranmer, Thomas, -- 1489-1556.
Wolsey, Thomas, -- 1475?-1530.
Statesmen -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Great Britain -- History -- Henry VIII, 1509-1547 -- Biography.
Great Britain -- Court and courtiers -- History -- 16th century.
Great Britain -- Court and courtiers -- Biography.
Publisher New York :St. Martin's Press,2002
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Language English
Notes Reprint. Originally published: London : Hutchinson, 2001.
Description 580 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 539-551) and index.
ISBN 0312302770 (pbk.)
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