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In lively, absorbing prose that rivals the finest literary fiction, prize-winning historian Carolly Erickson recreates the life of the notorious Tudor king, Henry VIII. In his youth as a charming national hero, his reign as a monstrous king, and his final days as a tottering old man, Erickson draws a thoroughly convincing portrait of one of English history’s most notorious characters.
©1980 Carolly Erickson (P)1988 Recorded Books, LLC
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By Terri on 02-11-12

Very interesting/ intriguing history of Henry VIII

What did you love best about Great Harry?

The fact that this book covered his entire life, not just his time as King of England.It gave me a very detailed background of Henry's family & ancestors, as well as what was happening in Europe in the 15 th century. From that, I was able to piece together what made this monarch such a fascinating man in England's history. I've read many books on Henry VIII, but this one put together a lot of detail about what the European monarchies were like, and the other religious and political people who were behind the scenes, so to speak.

What other book might you compare Great Harry to and why?

Not sure right now.

Which scene was your favorite?

The betrayal of Anne Boleyn.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The most Feared , Maniacal & Beloved Monarch of all time: Henry VIII

Any additional comments?

Because there is so much information to cover in this book, I felt it was all over the place at first, & I thought the narrator was without passion until about halfway through, but I kept listening and finally things were easier to follow, with a less

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By Neil Chisholm on 07-30-12

Henry the Gr8!

This was an interesting history in that didn't centre on the well known fact he married six times but more on the man himself and the politics of the time. My criticism is that it had the feeling of a school text book as the author had a tendency to talk down to the reader.

It was also difficult to listen to one of the most well known and memorable periods of English history being told by a narrator with an American accent. Nelson Runger did a good job but accent just seemed wrong when we were being told about the greatest English King!

That said there was information that I didn't know and was most interested to hear about. I enjoyed the book and will listen to other Carolly Erickson's histories with equal interest.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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