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Neville Williams (1924–1977)

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Neville Williams was born in 1930 and left school aged 15 having been head boy. After completing an engineering apprenticeship he was conscripted into The Welch Regiment and his active service in Korea is vividly described in this book. He has had a successful career in industry and, now retired, vis mere lives in Chester. vis mindre

Værker af Neville Williams

Henry VIII and His Court (1971) 293 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
The life and times of Elizabeth I (1972) 231 eksemplarer
The Tudors (2000) 115 eksemplarer
Elizabeth I, Queen of England (1967) 63 eksemplarer
The Life and Times of Henry VII (1973) 56 eksemplarer
Reform and Revolt (1974) 49 eksemplarer
Expanding Horizons (1974) 37 eksemplarer
The Expanding World of Man (1970) 25 eksemplarer
Francis Drake (1973) 8 eksemplarer
A history of the Cayman Islands (1998) 8 eksemplarer
Royal Homes of the United Kingdom (1984) 6 eksemplarer
Cronologia do seculo XX (1999) 5 eksemplarer
A Conscript in Korea (2009) 4 eksemplarer
Basic Electronics 1 eksemplar
All Queen's Men (1972) 1 eksemplar

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The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England (1975) — Bidragyder — 1,148 eksemplarer, 8 anmeldelser

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Kanonisk navn
Williams, Neville
Andre navne
Williams, Neville John
Fødselsdato
1924
Dødsdag
1977
Køn
male
Nationalitet
UK
Uddannelse
St. Edmund Hall, Oxford
Erhverv
Deputy Keeper of Public Records
Organisationer
The British Academy

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In the last sentence of this book, Neville Williams reveals his basic thesis: Henry VIII was a transformational king. Well, not in so many words. Instead, he writes that Henry was “the miracle-maker who turned the water of medieval kingship into the heady wine of a personal, national monarchy, with the court as its chosen vessel.”
This is neither a full biography of Henry nor is it a full history of his reign, although the book contains elements of both. It is above all a narrative of court life, far-ranging in the topics it covers, including architecture, the decorative arts, music, and diplomacy. It recounts the improbable rise from working-class origins of his two most able ministers, Wolsey and Cromwell (and their fall), as well as the king’s relations with his six wives. The oft-told tale of Henry’s estrangement from his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, and his infatuation with Anne Boleyn takes into account the complex motivations and fears involved. Eternal damnation? Dying without leaving a male heir for the throne? Which would you choose?
It was an age when Henry, as well as most of his subjects, took religion very seriously. At the same time, economic pressures and an inchoate nationalism made the pope unpopular. In Williams’ telling, Henry’s faith was most consistently a popeless catholicism, rather than protestant.
The book is generously illustrated, including several full-color, full-page reproductions. These were particularly helpful to imagine the seven castles in and around London to which the court moved (including cartloads of furniture).
For those who can’t read enough about the Tudor era—so like and unlike our own—there is a helpful annotated bibliography (up to 1970, when this book was first published).
I turned to this book to get up to speed on the back story of the people and places while reading the final volume of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy. It provided what I hoped for.
… (mere)
 
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