The story of Henry VIII and his six wives is a well-known example of the caprice and violence that dominated that KingĂs 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."
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Praise for In The Lion’s Court
"I cannot praise too highly Derek Wilson's prose style, which is both masterful and lively. He writes with great conviction and a breathtaking attention to the kind of personal detail that makes his books such compelling reading." --Alison Weir
"Revealing and disturbing." --Booklist
"In this exciting, scholarly book, the reader sees England and its religion being remade as men fight for office and power under an increasingly sour, unbalanced monarch." --The Dallas Morning News
“With encyclopedic complexity, the prolific Wilson traces the political webs of the period 1499-1559, ‘the sixty most creative - and, therefore, most destructive – years in [England’s] history.’ Devotees of Tudor history will find much that is provocative and fresh.” --
“Wilson displays an impressive command of early Tudor history and an even more impressive ability to interweave so many separate stands of the great story. Remarkable research, a masterful synthesis” --Kirkus Reviews
The study contains a brilliant series of parallel portraits - a fresh look at each Thomas's family and social origins, his education, his entry into "the lion's den" of the royal Council chamber, and his exit therefrom." --Library Journal
Derek Wilson, one of our leading biographers and novelists, came to prominence thirty years ago, after graduating from Cambridge University, with A Tudor Tapestry: Men Women and Society in Reformation England. This was followed by several critically acclaimed and best-selling books, such as Rothschild: A Story of Wealth and Power; Sweet Robin: Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester; Hans Holbein: Portrait of an Unknown Man; and, most recently, The King and The Gentleman: Charles Stuart and Oliver Cromwell 1599-1649. He has also written and presented numerous radio and television programs. Now, after three decades of study and reflection, he returns to those themes he first explored in A Tudor Tapestry.
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Book Description Hutchinson, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0091801184