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The King is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII

Suzannah Lipscomb

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Head of Zeus
01 August 2018
History; British & Irish history; Early modern history: c 1450 to c 1700
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.

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.
By:   Suzannah Lipscomb
Imprint:   Head of Zeus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9781788545051
ISBN 10:   1788545052
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   01 August 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Suzannah is a historian and TV presenter, and a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at the New College of the Humanities. She is the author of 1536: The Year That Changed Henry VIII, and A Visitor's Companion to Tudor England.

Reviews for The King is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII

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


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