In the Lion's Court: Power, Ambition, and Sudden Death in the Reign of Henry VIII

In the Lion's Court: Power, Ambition, and Sudden Death in the Reign of Henry VIII

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.

Title:In the Lion's Court: Power, Ambition, and Sudden Death in the Reign of Henry VIII
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780312302771
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  • Juliew.

    I was pretty surprised by this book as I had previously read one other by this author and while I thought that one was okay I wasn't prepared for the amount of detail this one had.It was very easy to ...

  • Roman Clodia

    (Read in 2010, cross-posting from Amazon)This isn't really a book for the Tudor novice as it does assume at least some background knowledge of the period, but if you're searching for a view of Henry V...

  • Sarah -  All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

    My book blog:http://allthebookblognamesaretaken.bl...https://www.facebook.com/AllTheBookBl...www.Twitter.com/SarahsBookNook+++++++++++++++++As my daughter would say, "Oh my gracious sakes!"This one to...

  • Ryan Groesbeck

    An interesting book that examines the reign of Henry VIII from the perspective of "six Thomases" (Wolsey, More, Cromwell, Cranmer, Wriothesley, and Howard), rather than the more standard "six wives" a...

  • Caroline

    The story of Henry VIII's reign is most often told through his wives and that most famous of rhymes - 'Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived' - but Derek Wilson takes a different appr...

  • Cara

    This is a very, very boring book. That's not to say it isn't good, because it is very good, it's just also boring, so if you don't like boring books, you probably won't like it. I don't always like bo...

  • Brandi Declue

    This history book engaged me to the very end and read like a novel. Loved it!...

  • Rachel

    "The Tudors" on Shotime (I think) introduced me to the family, but it was this book, bought on sale at the British Museum, that gave me my obsession with the Tudors and Henry VIII in particular....

  • Mystic Miraflores

    As a history major in college, the Tudor period has always been one of my favorite subjects. However, I was disappointed in this book because it was overly long with minutiae, padding and meandering ...

  • Kara

    This is not an introductory-level book to the Tudor court. Derek Wilson assumes the reader already knows most of the characters and events as he takes a deep dive into motivations and the actions that...