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Book Review Robert Laceys The Life and Times of Henry VIII was first published and copyrighted in 1972 by Weidenfeld and Nicolson This most recent edition was published by Welcome Rain in 1998 though Weidenfeld and Nicolson still hold copyright privileges Lacey a former scholar at Bristol Grammar School and Selwyn College at Cambridge is most noted as a historical novelist More of his works include Robert Earl of Essex an Elizabethan Icarus and the internationally renowned biography of Elizabeth II Majesty The Life and Times of Henry VIII is a biographical work concerning the life of the most infamous yet well respected King of England The third child of King Henry VII was not expected to become king but Henry VIII was known for his wisdom and strength from a very young age Sir Thomas More compared the young King to the king of beasts If a lion knew his strength it were hard for any man to hold him Lacey never loses sight of the great kings majestic character in this biography that depicts Henry VIII s role as the lion that stood in the center of changing England during the early 16th century The Life and Times of Henry VIII explores Henry VIII s pursuit for the throne his historically infamous actions there and his active role in the English reformation Lacey hails Henry VIII as an admirable leader despite his controversial lifestyle and political endeavors With the future of the monarchy at stake the kings actions are not only excused but many of his decisions are deemed imperative A changing world welcomed religious reformation during the sixteenth century The teachings of Martin Luther spread rapidly many had hoped to renew religion as Europe saw it England too was ready for change However Henry VIII brought reformation to England for personal gain Lacey insinuates that the king was well within his right to take control and establish himself head
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