Henry VIII and the men who made him by Tracy Borman

Henry VIII and the men who made him by Tracy Borman is the third book I read by her. I really enjoyed the other two and I had high expectations for this one as well. Unfortunately the book was not as good as the other two. She makes too many assumptions and speculative remarks that make it less interesting. I would rather read facts than guesswork.

Henry VIII and the men who made him by Tracy Borman

The book is structured in a chronological manner and I found that surprising. Because of the book’s title I imagined the focus will be on the men. But, because the facts are presented chronologically, she talks about a lot of men at the same time, jumping from one to another. I would have liked smaller chapters, with a focus on a particular person at a time.

I can’t imagine who is her target audience. If is someone that is already familiar with the history of the time, a certain level of knowledge should have been assumed. Considering the subject, this is not a starting book about the Henry VIII’s history and she talks too much about him and his wives.

After reading the book I feel I know more about some of the men that surrounded Henry VIII, but I’m not sure I will remember their stories in six months or so, based on only this book.

Henry VIII and the men who made him by Tracy Borman

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My rating: 3.5/5 Stars.
Would I recommend it: Yes, if you are not familiar with most people from the Tudor court
Published by: Hodder & Stoughton
Year it was published: 2018
Format: Hardcover
Genre(s): History
Pages: 502

About the author: Tracey Borman is a historian and author from Scothern, United Kingdom. Tracy Borman both studied and taught history at the University of Hull. She was awarded a PHD in 1997. She has a successful career in heritage, working with well known national heritage organisations, like the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage. Now she is Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust, a charity that encourages children to visit historic properties.
She is also joint Chief Curator for Historic Royal Palaces.
Other books by her (links to books I’ve reviewed): Matilda – Wife of the Conqueror, First Queen of England; Henrietta Howard: King’s Mistress, Queen’s Servant; Elizabeth’s Women: Friends, Rivals, and Foes Who Shaped the Virgin Queen; The Private Lives of the Tudors; Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII’s Most Faithful Servant; Witches, a tale of Scandal, Sorcery and Seduction; Henry VIII and the men who made him; The Story of the Tower of London; A really useful guide to the Georgians.
Website & Social Media Links: tracyborman

1 thought on “Henry VIII and the men who made him by Tracy Borman”

  • I remember your review of the book about Matilda. It sounded good, so I’m sorry this one didn’t live up to your expectations. She seems to have quite a few out there, so maybe you can follow up with a better one.

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