Henry VIII: And the Men Who Made Him

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Atlantic Monthly Press
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6.5 X 1.9 X 9.3 inches | 1.65 pounds
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About the Author
Tracy Borman is England's joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces and Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust. She is the author of many highly acclaimed books, including The Private Lives of the Tudors, Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant, Elizabeth's Women, and a first work of fiction, The King's Witch. Borman is a regular broadcaster and public speaker.
Praise for Henry VIII

"[Borman's] beautifully perceptive and dynamic reassessment of Henry VIII places emphasis, as the book's subtitle indicates, not on the monarch's infamous marriages but rather on the kaleidoscope of male figures both high- and middle-born who were drawn to the king throughout his life as moths circle a bright flame . . . Here in this highly engrossing biography, the notoriously larger-than-life English monarch, seen from an original and revealing perspective, lives anew in full and in the epic proportions he so well deserves. For all Tudor enthusiasts."--Booklist (starred review)

"Capably intuiting the personalities of both Henry and his influencers, the author concentrates not on the worn path of brutality and numerous marriages, but on the political landscape, the emotional pulls, and insecurities of Henry's decisions. Choosing to illuminate Henry's environment and his vulnerabilities, Borman's writing style is easily accessible, and she succeeds in delivering a uniquely intimate portrait."--Historical Novel Society

"Borman essentially puts aside Henry VIII's notorious and well-hashed relationships with women in favor of showcasing stories of the advisers and servants who surrounded the intelligent, mercurial king . . . Borman's astute analysis of Henry's personality demonstrates how both low-born and noble advisers affected his reign. It's generally agreed to that to be a woman in Henry's circle was to throw caution to the wind in hopes of great reward; Borman's ambitious narrative shows that being a man in Henry's court can be just as fraught."--Publishers Weekly

"Borman skillfully shows Henry maneuvering his men like chess pieces; when they opposed him, they suffered violent downfalls. Henry eventually assumed control of his realm, but it was too little, too late. Tudor fans will enjoy this outside-in biography as a different view of a complicated monarch."--Kirkus Reviews

"Fascinating . . . Borman's deep background knowledge serves her--and the reader--well. The pages and years fly by, and one has the feeling of stepping into an engaging historical lecture by a master of the subject . . . For readers curious about royal history or fascinated by the styles of leaders in our own time, Henry VIII makes for a compelling read."--BookPage

Praise for The King's Witch

"The incredibly detailed and vivid narrative transports readers to a time when women were seen as no more than a commodity to be traded, and conspiracy loomed in every corner. This engaging page-turner is enhanced by flawless prose and an absorbing plot, making it a perfect choice for fans of historical fiction and post-Tudor England."--Library Journal (starred review)

"Historian Borman embeds a fictional character in the royal court of James I in her promising debut novel . . . By introducing Tom Wintour, a real-life figure, as Frances' love interest, Borman adds a little historical heft and a lot of spice to her tale. The action culminates with the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, as the stage is nicely set for volume two of this projected trilogy."--Booklist

"Tracy Borman's debut historical novel has it all: conspiracy, betrayal, dark intrigues, bloody deeds, a poignant love story--and the most famous plot in English history. In the debauched court of James I, nothing is as it seems, loyalties are torn, and danger is all around. At the centre of it all, Borman has created an engaging and courageous heroine, and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along to a shattering and shocking climax."--Alison Weir, author of The Six Wives of Henry VIII

"Exquisitely written, sumptuous in detail and thrillingly plotted, The King's Witch takes you deep into the darkness of the early Jacobean Court and into the heart of the wonderful, unforgettable Lady Frances. The first of what promises to be a magnificent trilogy."--Kate Williams, author of Becoming Queen Victoria and Young Elizabeth: The Making of the Queen

Praise for The Private Lives of the Tudors

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

"Borman's passion for the Tudor period shines forth from the pages of this fascinatingly detailed book."--Alison Weir, author of The Six Wives of Henry VIII

"For Borman, the intimate particulars of everyday life are what help the past come bracingly, stirringly alive. Her full-quivered social history of the Tudor monarchs . . . furnishes readers with a 'Hey, did you know . . . ?' on almost every page . . . [An] authoritative work."--New York Times Book Review

"Like Alison Weir . . . Borman is an authoritative and engaging writer, good at prising out those humanising details that make the past alive to us."--Guardian

"[Written] with effortless verve . . . [A] riveting history."--O, The Oprah Magazine

"[A] fascinating new book . . . No royal family is better known . . . But there's still much to learn from The Private Lives of the Tudors thanks to the expertise and persistence of Borman . . . The most captivating moments of Private Lives, and there are plenty of them, bring the reader into other personal Tudor moments of strength, weakness, and heartache."--Christian Science Monitor

"Comprehensively researched and compulsively readable . . . The potions, plots, liaisons and marriages described in this book are thoroughly entertaining . . . A bloody good read."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

Praise for Thomas Cromwell

"An intelligent, sympathetic, and well researched biography."--Wall Street Journal

"Excellent . . . This deeply researched and grippingly written biography brings Cromwell to life, probing into his complex personality and exposes the Henrician court in all its brutal, glittering splendor."--Independent (UK)

"Should be catnip to fans of Hilary Mantel's best-selling Wolf Hall novels about Cromwell."--USA Today