In this full-scale biography of Henry VIII, celebrated historian Carolly Erickson re-creates the extravagant life and times of one of history's most complex and fascinating men. Based on voluminous records of the period, this vivid account of Henry's life covers his troubled youth, his triumphant early reign, and his agonizing old age. Against the lively backdrop of the Tudor world, with all its splendors and squalors, Erickson gives us an unforgettable—and decidedly human—portrait of Henry VIII.
A must for all students and scholars of the period, Great Harry is historical biography at its most engaging and thorough. As Christopher Hibbert noted in The New York Times Book Review, this "admirable biography [is] graphic, judicious, carefully researched, skillfully constructed, and full of those telling details that are an essential ingredient of the narrator's art."