Hal is a young royal, raised in a troubled house under siege by usurpers and foreigners. As he grows he becomes a gifted warrior, who whilst not born to be king, believes that fate has chosen him to lead his people. Hal is plagued by his family’s violent past which colours the way he deals with friends, peers and women. As he rises to power his method of rule turns vicious, coming to include tools such as murder, rapacious cruelty and the selfish creation of his own religion. Hal becomes known as Henry the Eighth.
This is an interesting take on the life and times of such an infamous royal. If you like history and are looking for an historical fiction then this may be worth a look. Hal was not a nice guy and though he is reputed as being a very charismatic man it somehow didn’t come across to me. Historically the story is rather abbreviated, understandably so for the target audience but still it felt a little dry to me. Then again real or fiction I struggle to enjoy stories if I find nothing likable about the characters. One for fans of historical fiction.
Published: 08 November 2011
Format: Paperback 396 pages
ISBN 13: 9780143567288
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