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Free download À The Six Wives of Henry VIII ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB The reports and despatches of Eustace Chapuys Spanish Ambassador to Henry VIII's court from 1529 to 1545 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 offe. 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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Free download À The Six Wives of Henry VIII ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Fer to as the concubine or whore and reported 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 1545 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 Le. 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 came to Boleyn and by an extension of logic everyone around herLauren Mackay sets out to rescue her subject from this two dimensional view and she does so with great success If Anne Boleyn was much likeable than suggested by Chapuys he too is worth a lot than the Anne Boleyn matter This biography brims with the author s passion for her subject beginning with a charming and vivid account of his home town in Annecy where he is still commemorated in street names and local architecture Mackay does well too where the sources are silent by sketching the broad outlines of his life before he was sent to England in 1529 freely admitting that there is much we do not know about Chapuys s life but credibly suggesting various possibilities based on what we do know It s what all Tudor historians have to do from time to time it s full of pitfalls and Mackay does better than most in weaving her way through it Once Chapuys gets to England as an ambassador where his legal training was intended to help the beleagured Katherine of Aragon Mackay is able to make use of the mountains of letters that her subject wrote to the Hapsburg Emperor and his sister Mary of Hungary and the picture becomes clearer stillMackay s strengths are not just her zeal for the thin and rather elegant man she s writing about but also her ability to analyse his thoughts and to make full use of his lengthy and colourful correspondence She is right when she points out that without Chapuys s letters Tudor history as we know it simply would not exist There were a few times when I did not fully agree with her conclusions However on moments when I or any reader might disagree with Mackay s conclusions on certain minor points they are still so well argued and well written that they can be taken seriously and respected Inside the Tudor Court has no unreasonable assessments and its author presents the information clearly enough that she allows her readers to make their own conclusions She invites them as it were to share in her enthusiasm for Charles V s servant This is a wonderfully useful book that brings to life the colourful and often confusing world of the Henrician court as seen through the eyes of one of its most gifted if controversial observers Lauren Mackay deserves considerable praise for setting Chapuys back in his context and reminding us regardless of whom he uarrelled with or why what a debt we all owe him She makes Chapuys both an esteemed intellectual but entirely human she allows him her foibles I particularly enjoyed the point she makes about his correspondence s relative lack of descriptions of the English court s numerous entertainments he didn t enjoy them and thought them slightly frivolous so he told the Emperor he wouldn t bore him with the details There has long been a need for a biography of this complex figure and Lauren Mackay has certainly delivered it

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Free download À The Six Wives of Henry VIII ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ring the single most continuous portrait of 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 re. 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


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  • The Six Wives of Henry VIII
  • Lauren Mackay
  • English
  • 05 July 2019
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