The King is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII

The King is Dead The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII On January the sickly and obese King Henry VIII died at Whitehall Just hours before his passing his last will and testament had been read stamped and sealed The will confirmed the line of

  • Title: The King is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII
  • Author: Suzannah Lipscomb
  • ISBN: 9781681772943
  • Page: 359
  • Format: ebook
  • On 28 January 1547, the sickly and obese King Henry VIII died at Whitehall Just hours before his passing, his last will and testament had been read, stamped, and sealed The will confirmed the line of succession as Edward, Mary, and Elizabeth and, following them, the Grey and Suffolk families It also listed bequests to the king s most trusted councillors and servants.HeOn 28 January 1547, the sickly and obese King Henry VIII died at Whitehall Just hours before his passing, his last will and testament had been read, stamped, and sealed The will confirmed the line of succession as Edward, Mary, and Elizabeth and, following them, the Grey and Suffolk families It also listed bequests to the king s most trusted councillors and servants.Henry s will is one of the most intriguing and contested documents in British history Historians have disagreed over its intended meaning, its authenticity and validity, and the circumstances of its creation As well as examining the background to the drafting of the will and describing Henry s last days, Suzannah Lipscomb offers her own illuminating interpretation of one of the most significant constitutional documents of the Tudor period.Illustrated with portraits of the key figures at Henry s court, The King is Dead is as boldly evocative as it is beautiful a work of Tudor history to cherish.

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    1. Superb! This is everything an historic study of a document and the times in which it was formatted should be. But absolutely and rarely is.It holds one single subject, Henry VIII's wills and especially his Last Will and Testament. One subject and not 1000's of other much later or much earlier crosscut documents and changes. It has oodles of full plate reproductions. And a complete transcription in the original language and form in the Appendix I. Appendix II also includes a list of Henry VIII's [...]

    2. The Tudors seem to be one of the English dynasties of continuing interest to us. There have been very successful books including Wolf Hall, as well as many television series including The Tudors (not to mention a continual parade of movies). Henry VIII ruled for four decades in which he: became the head of the Church of England, less than successfully pursued territorial claims in France, and, sought to ensure the continuation of his line by fathering a son. His rule saw much that separated Engl [...]

    3. It has often been alleged that the will of King Henry VIII was doctored in order to give power to those figures seeking to hold control over the governance of King Edward, his son. Suzannah Lipscomb explores this possible conspiracy, the end days of Henry, and the drafting of the will before offering her own interpretation of its contents in, “The King is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII”. “The King is Dead” is a very short and quick thesis uniquely focusing solely on Henr [...]

    4. Just when I think that nothing new can ever be written about Henry 8th, along comes something different. A few years back Suzannah Lipscomb wrote about a pivotal year in Henry's life, his annus horribilis of 1536. In The King is Dead Lipscomb explores the last days of Henry, the drafting of the will and the fallout following his death. She's not afraid to take on the heavyweights of Tudor history writing when she disagrees with them (Starkey, Ives etc) and is very persuasive in her arguments and [...]

    5. An interesting & well researched look at Henry's will and the aftermath. I especially appreciated the detail included, i.e. the will itself (included in its entirety with the original spelling) along with other historical documents & many beautiful portraits.Even after reading quite a bit about Henry, I am always fascinated how he still referred to himself as Defender of the Faith & stipulated in his will that masses and prayers were to be said for his soul even after breaking away f [...]

    6. A highly recommended read for anyone who enjoys English history especially the Tudor dynasty! This book examines the last will and testament of one of the most famous and infamous kings in all of history. The complexities of succession, the division of property , and the establishing of the privy council are all explained in detail as well as the complex relationships between the dying king and his confidants.

    7. After having Suzannah Lipscombs previous books "1536: The Year that changed Henry VIII" and "A Visitors Companion" to Tudor England" I had high hopes for this book, and I was not disappointed.Henry's last will written in the last month of his life, is a topic that has been debated many times over the last four hundred years, historians have disagreed over its meaning, and whether or not it was entirely his or if it was the work of ambitious councillors. In this excellent work, Suzannah dispels t [...]

    8. Stunning book, both to read and simply just to look at (the illustrations and the overall style of the hardback is lovely). Thoroughly enjoyed it, once again Suzannah Lipscomb has demonstrated her in depth knowledge not just of the Tudor period but of its most familiar and yet elusive figure: Henry VIII himself. The dying days of the king, and the last will and testament that was his attempt to rule from the grave, make for an exciting and absorbing read. Couldn't fault it.

    9. I have been eagerly awaiting Suzannah Lipscomb’s book on Henry VIII’s will since I first learnt that it was being written. Now that I have read Lipscomb’s book I can easily say that I was astounded by the sheer beauty and depth of research within its pages. I was impressed by the enormous amount of primary sources that Lipscomb drew from when writing this book. Not only does she use Henry VIII’s will but she also draws from privy council meeting records, personal letters and other valuab [...]

    10. This book examines the last will and testament of King Henry VIII, which he had updated just hours before he died. In the revision, the King determines the line of his succession, an obsession that was his throughout his life. The book also contains a vast array of drawings, photos and other illustrations. The author, Suzannah Lipscomb, also gives her interpretation of the meaning behind some of the most contested text in the will. In fact, scholars still disagree on the validity and the intent [...]

    11. I loved this book! I found it to paint a clear picture of what the last days of Henry VIII were like and his personality. The book is fascinating and informative! I would definitely use in my tutoring of middle school to high school age children in reading and world history. I found the actual will in the back to be a tedious and annoying read. That is mostly because of the inconstancy in the misspelling of common words.

    12. Short and sweet. Takes the opinion that Henry's will was in fact his, and was not changed by those who proceeded to go against it after his death. Mostly convincing, but there wasn't enough there to make a solid case.

    13. Review - I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book because I felt that it was something new that hadn't really been done before - there are plenty of biographies on Henry VIII but not one that focuses exclusively on the succession crisis at the end of his reign. Lipscomb examines the ins and outs of Henry's will and what would happen should Edward VI die without heirs (as did eventually happen). It also looks at what influenced the making of the will and the consequences of it across England. It is [...]

    14. I kindly received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.I consider myself a bit of a Tudor history buff. I've read a plethora of books on Tudor history; however, most of the books eventually end up repeating the same information over and over again. Lipscomb, by focusing on the last days and the last will of Henry VIII, manages to avoid this trap. Lipscomb writes an easy-to-follow book that anyone interested in Tudor history will be able to read and enjoy. She uses a copious [...]

    15. If only all history books tackled topics with such focus and brevity. It carefully analyzes the documents as they are, not postulating on the possible personal state of the author or adding gratuitous tangents. Ms. Lipscomb does a marvellous job of sticking to the task at hand, providing context only to refresh the reader on the state of the realm at the time of King Henry's death. This easily transitions into what the will was used for after death. In addition to the easy writing, the book syst [...]

    16. If there is a book about the Tudors, I will read it. This was a particularly interesting look at King Henry VIII's will. There has been talk among historians that Henry's will was tampered with, and here, Suzannah Lipscomb endeavors to show why scholars think that--and why it isn't true. This is a short, compelling argument with a lot of unique inserts, including a scan of Kind Edward VI's device for the succession (the document which attempted to put the smack down to Henry's will in favor of L [...]

    17. As a bit of a Tudor History nut, the arrival of this book was hotly anticipated for me, and it did not disappoint! The rich imagery in the writing makes you feel as if you are in the room at the time of death, and the deep analysis of all those involved in the will makes you feel like a bit of a genius! It has the perfect combination of education and entertainment, making it accessible to anyone. The amazing research that has been poured into it is a testament to Lipscomb's incredible passion fo [...]

    18. Suzzanah Lipscomb comes up with an interesting and radical thesis on this book upon Henry VIII's will. She is not afraid to challenge established historians such as David Starkey and clearly demonstrates huge knoweldge on her subject.Her Thesis is broadly as follows. She rejects the view that changes in Henry VIII's will during his last months were as a result of a Protestant faction at court, led by the Earl of Hertford, instead she demonstrates how Henry was fully behind the changes to his wil [...]

    19. Lipscomb's 'The King is Dead' offers a differing viewpoint on the circumstances surrounding the creation of the final will of Henry VIII than others that I have read. Since I believe it is necessary for a reader to come to their own conclusions by reading opposing sides and different viewpoints on a subject, this is a good choice to read on the side of Henry's will being of his own device.*Received an advanced copy of this book through Firstreads.

    20. Concise, well-researched, easy to read, and gorgeously illustrated with pertinent artwork and documentation. What more could you want in a historical work?

    21. This was fine. Not really what I wanted it to be because it glossed over most of the legal stuff, but it was fine.

    22. This was a Christmas gift and I found it to be informative, as well as beautifully illustrated. If you love Tudor England, do yourself a favor and get this book.

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