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Título: The Books of King Henry VIII and His Wives (...
Editorial: British Library Publishing Division, UK
Año de publicación: 2004
Condición del libro: Fine
Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine
Edición: 1st Edition
162pp. Red cloth-covered boards, coloured endpapers. Profusely illustrated in colour. With an introduction by Prof. David Starkey. N° de ref. de la librería 000337
Sinopsis: King Henry VIII and his wives are among the most well-known historical figures in the world; their stories have become absorbed into Western culture through biographies, documentaries and dramatisations. However, what is still not greatly appreciated is that Henry VIII was one of the most intelligent and widely read kings who ever lived. He read or dipped into a huge range of books, in many languages, and amassed several libraries. From surviving catalogues, which tell us what books he had, it is clear he was deeply involved in theological debate and monastic history, especially when moving to the Break with Rome (the English Reformation). At the same time, he was a Humanist scholar ahead of his time in all the liberal arts, especially music and poetry. Equally, most of his wives were also avid readers who collected a variety of books. The fact that we know what they owned, and then left to posterity (including several now in The British Library), gives us a fascinating new perspective on their personalities. This book is a major contribution to the study of Tudor intellectual life as well as the history of the book.
Take a peek inside the covers of many of the books belonging to Henry VIII and it is immediately obvious that he not only read them, but had the bad habit of scrawling annotations inside them too. In spite of fire, war, theft, political turmoil and the passage of time, a surprisingly large number of Henry's books have survived until today. Although perhaps better known for his marital exploits, Henry was in fact one of the most widely read Renaissance monarchs and spent considerable time and money acquiring his vast library. The books he chose reflected not only his own interests but also highlighted the major issues of the day. Alongside these volumes exist the books of Henry's wives, themselves great readers and thinkers. Through his detailed descriptions of these collections, James Carley gives a valuable insight into the personalities and philosophies of their owners and sheds light on the marriages of the king. (Kirkus UK) --Kirkus UK
Carley looks at their books not only as objects but also as property, and he uses them to cast light on the intimate details of a love affair and the profound issues of religious schism. --The Times
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