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The King is Dead
17 May 2018 * PAPERBACK * £10.99 * 9781788545051

A beautifully produced account of the creation, impact and legacy of one of the most important documents of the Tudor period – the last will and testament of Henry VIII.

Non Fiction / HBLH (Modern History)
Extent: 256 pages  Format: 198 x 129 mm Illus: 2 x 8pp colour illustrations
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The King is Deadby Suzannah Lipscomb

On 28 January 1547, the sickly and obese King Henry VIII died at Whitehall.

Just hours before his passing, his last will and testament had been read, stamped and sealed. The will confirmed the line of succession as Edward, Mary and Elizabeth; and, following them, the Grey and Suffolk families. It also listed bequests to the king's most trusted councillors and servants.

Henry's will is one of the most intriguing and contested documents in British history. Historians have disagreed over its intended meaning, its authenticity and validity, and the circumstances of its creation. As well as examining the background to the drafting of the will and describing Henry's last days, Suzannah Lipscomb offers her own, illuminating interpretation of one of the most significant constitutional documents of the Tudor period.

'A bold and original attempt to unravel one of the great mysteries of English history' DAVID STARKEY

Suzannah is a historian and TV presenter, and a Senior Lecturer at the New College of the Humanities. She is the author of 1536: The Year That Changed Henry VIII and The King is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII.

An exquisite and beautiful gift for Tudor buffs.

A fascinating exploration of a key Tudor document.

Will appeal to readers of Dan Jones's MAGNA CARTA.

Includes the full text of the will.

MARKET: Dan Jones; Thomas Penn.


I was gripped... an elegantly written forensic examination of Henry's will' Saul David, Evening Standard

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