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As the concubine or whore and reported Six Wives of eBook #8608 on each and every one of Henry's subseuent wives Jane Seymour Anne of Cleves Katherine Howard and Katherine Parr as well as the goings on at the Tudor court He retired in close to the end of Henry VIII's reign In approaching the period through Chapuys' letters Lauren Mackay presents a fresh perspective on Henry his court and the Tudor period as a wholeShow More Show Les. I really liked this book I thought this was well written and it was easy to read I think that Mackay has done a job in debunking all the Evil Chapuys myths that have been around for ages People automatically assume that Chapuys was Hispanic because he was Spanish Ambassador not true Chapuys was born in Annecy which is in south eastern France Another myth is that Chapuys was this ardent Catholic who hated anyone who was not Catholic Again not true Chapuys had friends from both sides Catholics and Protestants Infact he had developed a close friendship with Thomas Cromwell I think that it was sad that the two men really never had a chance to say a final farewell before Cromwell was executed There was a lot then what I mentioned here but overall I would recommend this book If you haven t read I would say that it was a must buy

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The reports Wives of PDFEPUB #190 and despatches of Eustace Chapuys Spanish Ambassador to Henry VIII's court from to have been instrumental in shaping our modern interpretations of Henry VIII and his wives Through his personal relationships with several of Henry's ueens and Henry himself his writings were filled with colourful anecdotes salacious gossip and personal and insightful observations of the key players at court thus offerin. The reign of King Henry VIII is no mystery to us we seem to know every detail from household accounts foods that were consumed songs that were exalted clothes that were fashionable to battles treaties disloyalties and the intricate details of Henry VIII s multiple wives We certainly aren t complaining as we literally eat this up like a decadent dessert However we have one man to thank for some of the inside scoop to Henry s court the Imperial ambassador Eustace Chapuys Chapuys appears in all Tudor history texts as his records and correspondence are in the top if not the very first primary source material Chapuys is seen in Tudor plays films fictional works etc yet he is always a mere background character whose importance and person we attempt to strip even though we take advantage of his almost two decades at the English court Chapuys is beyond deserving of recognition Lauren MacKay pulls Chapuys center stage once and for all in Inside the Tudor Court Henry VIII and his Six Wives through the Eyes of the Spanish Ambassador MacKay doesn t hesitate to hit the ground running opening Inside the Tudor Court with captivating intrigue setting the pace for a page turner Readers couldn t put down the text if they tried and the glue is instantaneous More often than not historical portraits of figures who aren t centric nobility generally leave a flimsy legacy and therefore a biography is uite ambitious These texts rarely bring the figure to life and discuss the environment andor events in the macro view and painfully draw out the clear absence of facts This is NOT the case with Inside the Tudor Court MacKay invites readers into a background look at Chapuys immediately revealing the life that shaped the man behind the famous Tudor court letters to the Spanish king Chapuys bursts into a breathing living thing and readers feel like they are walking alongside him Once this foundation is in place MacKay profoundly layers Inside the Tudor Court with various narratives The text doesn t merely relay andor interpret the missives written by Chapuys to simply describe the Tudor court happenings Rather MacKay also uses sleuth like detective work and analytical research to explain how Chapuys succeeded his methods his motivations his psyche and so forth Inside the Tudor Court is riveting enough that readers will never look at Chapuys the same again finally giving him the esteem he deserves as a cunning philosopher intellectual spy ambassador philanthropist and humanist Each page is insightfully complex and blends into a seamless narrativeMacKay never defaults to tangents and cleanly streamlines the text while unpeeling the multitude of personas that constituted for the Chapuys whole Inside the Tudor Court is far from dry even though it is academic and scholarly MacKay infuses the text with beautiful language and vivid imagery but never dampening the credibility of the work Relying on primary sources leads Inside the Tudor Court into the true world of Chapuys using uotes from the letters written by Chapuys to CharlesOne would naturally expect bias to slip into such a piece but Inside the Tudor Court only occasionally highlights MacKay s personal elucidations and these are passing rather than propaganda influence MacKay excels at the ratio of Henry s court history with a biography of Chapuys the man It would appear that both MacKay and her editor are at the top of their games In between the first and second embassies led by Chapuys MacKay offers a breakdown of the political roles and relationships empowered by Chapuys This is the only weak portion of Inside the Tudor Court as this is somewhat interjecting and out of placeThe concluding chapters of Inside the Tudor Court are thinner in comparison to the former chapters and scant in the personal details of the life of Chapuys A wrap up summarizing the man s prosperity would have been welcome but overall it is still solidMacKay includes 16 pages of color photo plates to supplement Inside the Tudor Court plus a list of primary and secondary sources and notes hardly annotated Inside the Tudor Court is utterly fantastic and should be a case study for contemporaries with the same aspiration Informative credible perfectly stylized and entrancing Inside the Tudor Court is recommended for all readers interested in Henry VIII s court the inter relationships between England and surrounding Europe and Eustace Chapuys himself Inside the Tudor Court is an absolutely incredible piece of work

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G the single most continuous portrait of The Six PDF the central decades of Henry's reign The book is divided into the episodic reigns of Henry's ueens beginning with Chapuys' arrival in England in the middle of Henry's divorce from Katherine of Aragon Chapuys tirelessly defended Katherine and later her daughter Mary Tudor the future Mary I He remained as ambassador through the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn whom he would only refer to. This was a very interesting look at Eustace Chapuys Reading through Mackay s bibliography alone shows the effort the author went to in order to bring Chapuys for this generation to us I liked how nothing was whitewashed Chapuys comes across as so different from everything I ve heard about him The depth of feeling and humanity in this person for those around him even his enemies at their worst amazed me and I applaud the author for cutting through any pop culture temptations to bring the original and the best Chapuys to us There s something amazing about feeling like you re in at the beginning of something and with inside the tudor court I felt I was in that with both this newer highly charged Chapuys and I hope this author I look forward to what Mackay does next


10 thoughts on “The Six Wives of Henry VIII

  1. says:

    It’s about time someone took a long hard look at Eustace Chapuys Without us really noticing the dispatches of the Spanish Ambassador have shaped our interpretations of the court of Henry VIII especially the Catherine of Aragon Henry Anne Boleyn triangle which still attracts so much fascinated interest almost five centuries after

  2. says:

    The reign of King Henry VIII is no mystery to us we seem to know every detail from household accounts foods that were consumed songs that were

  3. says:

    I had high hopes for this book Mackay's stated intention of drawing a rounded depiction of an important figure is an interesting way to understand a complex and turbulent period in British historyHowever Mackay's less than rigorous treatment of the contemporary source material leaves us with a rather bland depiction of Chapuys despite her claims to the contrary Instead of analysis of the sources which rely far too much on diplom

  4. says:

    Few good books manage to paint a good portrayal of misunderstood historical characters just as Chapuys but Mackay has managed to do it going deep into the life and dispatches of this statesman What emerges is a complex man who is neither fanatic or malevolent but an intelligent pragmatic and skillful diplomatEus

  5. says:

    This is a fascinating in depth look at one of the most prolific writers of the Tudor court Dr Mackay has clearly done her research creating an engaging narrative that draws you right in Highly recommend

  6. says:

    This was a very interesting look at Eustace Chapuys Reading through Mackay's bibliography alone shows the effort the author went to in order t

  7. says:

    In much the same way as Eustace Chapuys' negative appraisal of ueen Anne Boleyn helped shape her historiography for so many years the academic swing in the tragic ueen's favour particularly following Eric Ives's magisterial 1986 biography of her saw Chapuys cast in the light of a malign intriguer who got wrong than right when it

  8. says:

    I really liked this book I thought this was well written and it was easy to read I think that Mackay has done a job in debunking all the Evil Chapuys myths that have been around for ages People automatically assume that Chapuys was H

  9. says:

    Like a lot of people my perception of Eustace Chapuys had been formed from his portrayal in non fiction books and the tv ser

  10. says:

    Excellent view based upon not a general stance but slightly sided Certainly we know a lot about Tudor court from the ambassador's correspondence; the book gives him good reverence

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