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Henry VIII and History

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Henry VIII and History by Thomas S. Freeman
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Henry VIII remains the most iconic and controversial of all English Kings. For over four-hundred years he has been lauded, reviled and mocked, but rarely ignored. In his many guises - model Renaissance prince, Defender of the Faith, rapacious plunderer of the Church, obese Bluebeard-- he has featured in numerous works of fact and faction, in books, magazines, paintings, theatre, film and television. Yet despite this perennial fascination with Henry the man and monarch, there has been little comprehensive exploration of his historiographic legacy. Therefore scholars will welcome this collection, which provides a systematic survey of Henry's reputation from his own age through to the present. Divided into three sections, the volume begins with an examination of Henry's reputation in the period between his death and the outbreak of the English Civil War, a time that was to create many of the tropes that would dominate his historical legacy. The second section deals with the further evolution of his reputation, from the Restoration to Edwardian era, a time when Catholic commentators and women writers began moving into the mainstream of English print culture. The final section covers the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, which witnessed an explosion of representations of Henry, both in print and on screen. Taken together these studies, by a distinguished group of international scholars, offer a lively and engaging overview of how Henry's reputation has been used, abused and manipulated in both academia and popular culture since the sixteenth century. They provide intriguing insights into how he has been reinvented at different times to reflect the cultural, political and religious demands of the moment; sometimes as hero, sometimes as villain, but always as an unmistakable and iconic figure in the historical landscape.

Author Biography

Thomas Betteridge, Oxford Brookes University, UK and Thomas S. Freeman, University of Essex, UK Thomas Betteridge, Thomas S. Freeman, Brett Foster, Scott Lucas, Carolyn Colbert, Victor Houliston, Christine Jackson, Andrew Starkie, Judith M. Richards, Anthony Monta, Susannah Brietz Monta, Glenn Richardson, Ruth Ahnert, Megan L. Hickerson, Dale Hoak, Kristen Post Walton.
Release date NZ
August 28th, 2012
Contributor
Edited by Thomas Betteridge
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Ashgate Publishing Limited
Pages
292
Dimensions
156x234x18
ISBN-13
9781409400158
Product ID
19868697

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