Great Harry

  • by Carolly Erickson
  • Narrated by Nelson Runger
  • 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Surprisingly good, ignore bad reviews!

I have read/listened to every other Henry VIII book in Audible, both fiction and historical fiction.
I found this book to contain many things I had yet to read. The author seems more favorable toward Henry than other biographers, and it was refreshing to see another point of view.

This is ABSOLUTELY not written at children's level. I don't understand why anyone would say that. (*Before I read this book, I also read GJ Meyers Tudors biography. It is very detailed and well written, but that author has an extreme bias and offers scant, often unreliable evidence to prove a point. For example, the Meyers quotes letters written by courtly ambassadors to enemy countries and other statements made by individuals who have clear self-serving agendas, when proving a point.)

If it's a subject I'm interested in, I never take one authors conclusions or ideas too seriously. I will read many biographies on the same subject, and make up my mind for myself. There are many sides to each story, exponentially more when writing about someone's life!

I wasn't a fan of Carolly Erickson's historical fiction, which is why I waited to get this book. But I've recently purchased 3 of Erickson's histories, and each is really interesting and well written.
I have to disagree with reviews that complain this is dry material. If these subjects are interesting to you, then there is nothing dry about Erickson's writing. Then again, if you want the Tudors like you'll find on Showtime, check out Historical Fiction. Margaret George's Autobiography of Henry VIII is exceptional.

As histories are concerned, I think this is a great book to add to all Tudor collections!

Great performance!
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- Benoibe "audio addict! Mostly interested in history and some historical fiction. Will Durant is my all time favorite. Loving the Great Courses too."

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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- Terri "Reading is the way I stay connected to the past, stimulating my imagination and curiosity; reminding me to keep history alive!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-24-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books