Henry VIII by Lucy Wooding

Henry VIII by Lucy Wooding is one of the books I was recommended for my studies. I loved her writing style and her ideas are new, as she looks at Henry VIII from a different perspective. Furthermore, she holds lectures on Early Modern History for undergraduates and I’ve attended one of them, hopefully I can attend next week the second one. I’ve enjoyed her lecture a lot, she was presenting the facts nicely and engaging.

Henry VIII by Lucy Wooding

She talks about some of the aspects that might have influenced Henry in forming his opinions and his views regarding what was expected of kings at that time, such as religious convictions mentioned by Henry V, a ruler Henry VIII wanted to imitate.

Wooding also talks about the opposing views Katherine of Aragon and Henry had in regards to the succession. She believed a woman could rule successfully, as her own mother did. Henry thought that England was not ready for a female ruler.
This is why I found the book so interesting, because it deals with new ideas and new ways of thinking of Henry motives and, also, about how much he was actually involved in governing before the later years of his reign. I would recommend this book to everybody enjoying reading about Henry VIII.

Henry VIII by Lucy Wooding

Details about the picture: I just had to put the pomegranate, the badge of Catherine of Aragon in a picture with Henry VIII.
My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: Yes!
Published by: Routledge
Year it was published: 2015 (first edition published in 2008)
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): History – Biography
Pages: 374

About the author: Lucy Wooding studied for both her degrees at Magdalen College, Oxford. She went on to lecture for two years at Queen’s University in Belfast. She was a lecturer at King’s College London, from 1995 to 2016. In 2016 she joined Lincoln College, Oxford.
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1 thought on “Henry VIII by Lucy Wooding”

  • This sounds really good and I might have to add it to my wishlist. I like when historians can bring new things to life by taking a different approach. Interesting tidbit about the pomegranate, too.

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