In the Lion s Court

Author: Derek Wilson
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 146688634X
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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 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, called 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.' Thomas Wolsey was an accused traitor on his way to the block when a kinder death intervened. Thomas More and Thomas Cromwell, whose convictions and policies could scarcely have been more different, both perished beneath the headman's axe. Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk, would have met the same end had the king's own death not brought him an eleventh hour reprieve. Thomas Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton, and Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, though outliving the monarch, perished as a result of that war of ambitions and ideologies which rumbled on after 1547. Wriothesley succumbed to poison of either body or mind in the aftermath of a failed coup. Cranmer went to the stake as a heretic at the insistence of Mary Tudor, who was very much the daughter of the father she hated. In the Lion's Court is an illuminating examination of the careers of the six Thomases, whose lives are described in parallel-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.

Staging Power in Tudor and Stuart English History Plays

Author: Dr Kristin M. S. Bezio
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1472465113
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The first of its kind to situate the early modern debate on sovereignty within a 'popular culture' dramatic context, this project examines the changing ideological conceptions of sovereignty and their on-stage representations in public theaters from 1580 to 1642. The study examines the way in which the early modern stage presented a critical dialogue concerning the nature of sovereignty through the lens of specifically English history, focusing in particular on the representation of monarchy.

1536

Author: Suzannah Lipscomb
Publisher: Lion Books
ISBN: 0745959032
Format: PDF, Mobi
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One of the best-known figures of British history, collective memory of Henry VIII presents us with the image of a corpulent, covetous, and cunning king whose appetite for worldly goods met few parallels, whose wives met infamously premature ends, and whose religion was ever political in intent. 1536 - focusing on a pivotal year in the life of the King - reveals a fuller portrait of this complex monarch, detailing the finer shades of humanity that have so long been overlooked. We discover that in 1536 Henry met many failures - physical, personal, and political - and emerged from them a revolutionary new king who proceeded to transform a nation and reform a religion. A compelling story, the effects of which are still with us today, 1536 shows what a profound difference can be made merely by changing the heart of a king.

Great events from history

Author: Christina J. Moose
Publisher: Salem Pr Inc
ISBN:
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The Renaissance & Early Modern Era's start date, 1454, was selected because it immediately follows the end of the Hundred Years? War and the Fall of Constantinople. The following century was marked by the height of the Renaissance in Europe, the rise of the Ottomans and the Wars of the Roses in Britain. Also, European colonization expanded into Africa, Asia and the Americas, Japan became unified and the rise of both indigenous and colonial trade empires in Africa became important. The set discusses major changes in world economics and demographics.

Class and society in Shakespeare

Author: Paul Innes
Publisher: Continuum Intl Pub Group
ISBN: 9780826477972
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A wonderfully illuminating book with a wealth of entries ranging from a few lines to mini-essays. Accessible and highly detailed.

Was Napoleon Poisoned

Author: Peter Haugen
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Incorporated
ISBN:
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An intriguing treasury of history's royal mysteries furnishes answers to enduring questions about Anastasia's rumored escape, the identity of the Man in the Iron Mask, the death of King Tut, the real King Arthur, the killing of the husband of Mary Queen of Scots, the colorful deeds of Catherine the Great, and the death of Princess Diana. Original.

Bench Press

Author: Keith J. Bybee
Publisher: Stanford Law & Politics
ISBN:
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Prominent figures from the academy, the bench, and the press reflect on the state of the American judiciary in a study that examines the legal principle, political maneuvering, and press coverage that surround judicial selection and judicial decision making today.

Recusant History

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A journal of research in Post-Reformation Catholic history in the British Isles.