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The Children of Henry VIIILd was shattered by her mother's divorce and her own unhappy marriage Elizabeth was the most successful but also the luckiest Even so she lived with the knowledge that her father had ordered her mother's execution was often in fear of her own life and could never marry the one man she truly lovedHenry's children idolized their father even if they differed radically over how to perpetuate his legacy To tell their stories John Guy returns to the archives drawing on a vast array of contemporary records personal letters and first hand accoun. John Guy’s short but shocking The Children of Henry VIII delivers on its promise of a story ‘of jealousy envy and even hatred’ Yet the Tudor siblings seem kindly when compared to their fratricidal usurping antecedents the children of Richard Duke of York And that I think was their mistake They were horrid to each but not nearly horrid enough Henry VIII’s eldest child Mary Tudor in particular would have done well to have emulated such examples of Yorkist family feeling as Edward IV’s drowning his brother George Duke of Clarence in a vat of Malmsey wine and Richard III’s seizure of the Protectorship of Edward’s twelve year old heir who subseuently ‘disappeared’ in the Tower along with his little brotherFor the first three years of Mary Tudor’s life she was an only and beloved child Nevertheless her father judged that as a daughter she was unfit to inherit his crown John Guy believes that for a time Henry considered making Mary’s younger illegitimate half brother Henry Fitzroy his heir bestowing family titles of the boy and declaring he loved him ‘like his own soul’ Fitzroy died aged seventeen but Guy gives us a real sense of the boy who while Mary proved the perfect student would escape his lessons to hunt and shoot Fitzroy too was passed over however in Henry’s expectation that his second wife Anne Boleyn would bear a legitimate male heir When Anne bore Elizabeth in 1533 it was Mary who was the first to pay for Henry’s disappointment as he had her declared illegitimate to ensure she took second place to her little sister In some of Guy’s most vivid passages we see Mary aged almost eighteen obliged to live in the baby Elizabeth’s household raging against her humiliations refusing to share a horse litter with her sister and insisting in taking the best place when they travelled by barge Only when Anne Boleyn lost her head and Elizabeth too was declared a bastard did Mary learn to regard her sister with affection even praising Elizabeth to their father Family relations improved still further after Henry’s son Edward was born since everyone agreed he took precedence over his sisters John Guy gives wonderful details on the intimate friendship Mary later developed with her last step mother Katherine Parr But the family was torn apart once on Henry’s death With Edward VI aged only nine his maternal uncle seized power as the Protector Somerset Richard III had seized the Protectorship precisely in order to prevent such a power grab by his nephew’s non royal maternal relatives And watching what unfolded Mary might well have concluded that Richard had been right to do so Edward was to be raised in beliefs Henry had considered heretical while Protestant iconoclasts unleashed a period of cultural terrorism that puts the recent Islamist destruction of tombs and manuscripts in Timbuktu into the shade Mary fought to defend her father’s religious settlement arguing it could not be overturned during Edward’s minority But Edward was being encouraged to grow apart from his sisters When he died at the age of fifteen he excluded them from the throne on grounds of their illegitimacy complaining that Mary was a Catholic and that Elizabeth’s mother had been an adulterous treasonous slut John Guy suggests rightly I believe that although Edward left the throne to his cousin Jane Grey it was her husband the teenage Guildford Dudley whom Edward hoped would rule England The son of the Lord President of his Council and with no royal blood Guildford was a man from whom his subjects could expect ‘great things’ Edward argued Instead Mary I raised an army and took back her throne tried her rivals for treason and following a revolt cut off Guildford’s head and Jane’s also There was then just the problem of Elizabeth left to deal with and two possible means of Mary strengthening her position The first was to have a child so Elizabeth was no longer her heir But Mary’s pregnancy by Philip of Spain proved to be a phantom Philip left the country and declined to return for a further eighteen months Guy describes Mary as reduced haranguing Philip’s portrait before kicking it out of the room in her anger and frustration The second means was for Mary to have Elizabeth executed Guy outlines a series of Protestant plots to replace Mary with her sister Mary’s great grandfather Edward IV had had his brother Clarence drowned in that vat of Malmsey after a brief treason trial It might have been appropriate to have had Elizabeth strangled with one of the prim and plain dresses she wore to flaunt her pious Protestant opposition to Mary It was to be Philip Guy informs who helped save Elizabeth’s life Anxious to prevent the throne passing to Mary ueen of Scots who was to marry the French Dauphin Philip insisted his wife protect Elizabeth’s place as heir to the throne He would get his just deserts for this almost thirty years later when Elizabeth backed the Dutch revolt against Spain in the Netherlands and then sank his retaliatory Armada Meanwhile the bitterest moment for Mary came at her death in 1558 when she was obliged to confirm her hated sister as her heir in order to insure a peaceful transition of power Elizabeth showed little gratitude for her sister’s last personal sacrifice She wore Mary’s coronation mantle for her state entry into London the following year not in an act of sisterly solidarity or even to save a few pounds but rather Guy claims to dance on her sister’s grave John Guy is that rare cross over the scholar who also writes for the popular market It shows here as he sketches with verve and fluency the education and beliefs as well as briefly the reigns of these last Tudors But where he excels is in illuminating the coruscating relationships between the suabbling siblings They say if you’ve got lemons make lemonade and in Guy’s hands the story of The Children of Henry VIII is fresh sparkling and sharp 4 stars instead of five only because it cannot match in scope Guy's longer works A version of this Review first appeared under my name in the Literary Review in 2013

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Read & Download The Children of Henry VIII ß PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ò [PDF / Epub] ☆ The Children of Henry VIII By John Guy – Behind the facade of politics and pageantry at the Tudor court there was a family dramaNothing drove Henry VIII England's wealthiest and most powerful kBehind the facade of of Henry MOBI #240 politics and pageantry at the Tudor court there was a family dramaNothing drove Henry VIII England's wealthiest and most powerful king than producing a legitimate male heir and so perpetuating his dynasty To that end he married six wives became the subject of the most notorious divorce case of the sixteenth century and broke with the pope all in an age of international competition and warfare social unrest and growing religious intolerance and discordHenry The Children PDF or fathered four living c. This book is non fiction and pure John Guy He is an ace at historical research and interpretation of data in the sense of written archival and other artistic paintings music poemsmaterials He doesn't stop there but approaches forensics and medical data too There are aspects of this book many readers who have previously read 10 15 30 or Tudor Dynasty years volumes would be surprised to encounter Not to speak of all the movies series or other Tudor related tales of fiction or interpretations of Henry VIII's children's lives set in those specific Tudor dynasty yearsRead in one night through a Spring sleet storm Chicago's Spring isn't this book deeply captured my attention In not only Henry's own lifespan but within the educations and progressions of his children's reigns I couldn't help but think how history would be SO different with the aid of a modern day geneticist or one good Pulmonary Specialist MD coupled with a few handfuls of antibioticsWould the Protestant Reformation have occurred in Great Britain as it did Probably But certainly not at such a scale and as uickly This book also covers all of Henry VIII illegitimate children Down to education households and influences So important in the later reigns who their earliest influences were And Henry's plans for their futures although ever changing but still in proofs of paperwork cited here Many pages are scanned documents of written materials for and from all five or six main players on this stage of succession Not to speak of their ministers clergy teachers and of course many painted and dated portraits of their visual appearances and conditions than the print would portrayHighly rec to all those who have a Tudor fix needSome things I heard suggested before about physical conditions in other books this book does far in forensics to investigate So many dithers I have read captured in fiction most certainly were not true For instance in Arthur's Henry VIII's brother death Or in why Henry with all that activity had such poor luck in offspring's health especially within the male lineSpoilers here Arthur probably had a testicular cancer starting at just 15 and a uite long and difficult end stage was not poisoned definitely not poisoned fiction has advanced this version There are blood antibody and factor incompatibilities between parents that insure only the first child of a Mother may have an uneventful pregnancy with a baby born with a full immune and blood production response of their own Henry was of a Positive blood group antigen known as Kell It's uite rare enough that 90% of all women would be the opposite and Kell negative All his wives and most of his lovers were Kell negative if not all of them So the result that only 1 pregnancy would be a successful birth is nearly assured uote Thereafter the foetus would almost certainly be miscarried or stillborn because of the rare genetic incompatibility between the blood groups of the parents If so this was much Anne's tragedy as Katherine'sHaving had ABO incompatibility I understand exactly what this is about But now the 2nd 3rd or 5th baby could have had blood transfusion exchanges after the birth This book's most excellent coverage IMHO is for his son by Mary Blount Henry Fitzhugh Henry had him in plans for succession uite strongly until that son's illness came to the fore Another strong difference from today as he could have been cured with antibiotics for his reoccurring lung condition and his early death prevented In Edward's case treatment would be different but dittoExcellent book too on the political considerations that's how they were appointed of the earliest Nannies and Tutors for these offspring Left in some strong measures to their Mother's appointments and associative dithers this stamped great flux upon the future Henry VIII's claim to the throne was historically on shaky ground as it was His children's literate and religious influences became far slanted to Great Britain's outcomes than foreseen in their babyhoodsI ADORE when the forensics people pull bones and artifacts and can tell us the reality of people we have read so much about Oftentimes the stories are so so different from the PR of their lifetimes or the fiction that comes centuries afterwards Henry VIII did NOT have a venereal disease His ulcers were due to osteomyelitis His obesity restricted his mobility as well

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Hildren each by a different mother Their interrelationships were often scarred by jealously mutual distrust sibling rivalry even hatred Possessed of uick wits and strong wills their characters were defined partly by the educations they received and partly by events over which they had no controlHenry Fitzroy Duke of Richmond although recognized as the king's son could never forget his illegitimacy Edward died while still in his teens desperately plotting to exclude his half sisters from Children of Henry Kindle #215 the throne Mary's wor. One of the central themes in the life of Henry VIII was his determination to secure his dynasty with a male heir Although it may not have turned out the way he preferred; his children certainly were legends in their own rights John Guy portraits the Tudor children in “The Children of Henry VIII” not to be confused with Alison Weir’s work with the same title published years previousFocusing on Henry Fitzroy Mary Edward VI and Elizabeth; Guy’s thesis is a bit lost Although not attempting individual biographies it isn’t clear if Guy is demonstrating the links and relationships between the siblings or of Henry’s relations with his children Both paths are covered but in a somewhat choppy way although the chronological study of the siblings in relation to each other at the same times is a positive characteristic Also surprising is the lack of detail provided by Guy he is usually Mr Detail and the short length of the book “The Children of Henry VIII” is best described as a brief summary often times with Guy cutting topics off abruptly The book is best for very new readers to the topic or for those simply wanting a uick reminder This lack of detail results in “The Children of Henry VIII” reading like a YA history piece versus targeting adults It is all unexpected coming from GuyAlthough the text is heavily notated much of it also contains speculation with heavy “must have” and “would have” statements where Guy’s own thoughts and biases bleed through Also unwelcome are such descriptions as calling Katherine of Aragon “Forty fat with no son” which are clearly elementary and spiteful in the bluntest sense of the word On the other hand Guy also includes some research and detective heavy findings which explain events with clarity than some other authors and also debunks some mythsA strong note of “The Children of Henry VIII” is the focus on Henry Fitzroy Although readers won’t learn much new information regarding the other offspring; the spotlight on the Duke of Richmond is very pleasing as he is often ignored Some other areas of complaint include Guy’s tendencies of striking off on tangents while stating ‘facts’ with firm conviction which several other historians have uestioned as disputable and then never detailing or arguing for these comments A reader new to the topic will take these with merit and as hard truthsAs “The Children of Henry VIII” progresses it does noticeably increase in detail although the thesis is still hazy and seems like a very light biography Once again however no new information is discoursed making it better for new readers The main notable aspect is that the book is very readable It is easy to ready and yet flows smoothly even though the topic is disjointed “The Children of Henry VIII” satisfies those history lovers who are into a novel like flow versus a dry scholarly piece The ending of “The Children of Henry VIII” is relatively memorable; however it lacks depth and detail similar to the rest of the book The work remains unclear in its “point” and continues to be firmly called a summary as it does not bring the Tudors to life and doesn’t necessarily explore new information“The Children of Henry VIII” contains illustrations throughout the text plus color plates The sources used are respectfully credible and include many primary works However the notes aren’t uite annotated Unfortunately not much can be said about Guy’s work as it is so ‘light’ “The Children of Henry VIII” isn’t terrible; it merely lacks detail and depth common to Guy’s works It is a uick 1 day read and best for intro readers to the Tudor dynasty who don’t want to be overwhelmed with facts Although a love her or hate her author; I much recommend Alison Weir’s “The Children of Henry VIII” over John Guy’s piece