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The Man on a Donkey

H. F. M. Prescott John Cooper

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Head of Zeus
01 December 2019
Fiction & Literature; Historical fiction
An enthralling novel about Henry VIII's controversial dissolution of the monasteries.

'A classic of historical fiction' HILARY MANTEL. 'By widespread assent, one of the finest historical novels ever written. It may even be the finest' TLS .

Sir John Uvedale had business at Coverham Abbey in Wensleydale, lately suppressed, so he sent his people on before him to Marrick, to make ready for him, and to take over possession of the Priory of St. Andrew from the Nuns, who should all be gone by noon or thereabouts.

In 1536, Henry VIII was almost toppled when Northern England rose to oppose the Dissolution of the Monasteries. An enthralling novel about a moment in history when England's Catholic heritage was scattered to the four winds by a powerful and arrogant king.
By:   H. F. M. Prescott
Introduction by:   John Cooper
Imprint:   Head of Zeus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Reissue
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9781789545111
ISBN 10:   1789545110
Pages:   756
Publication Date:   01 December 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

H.F.M. Prescott (1896-1972) is best known for her historical novel The Man on a Donkey and her biography of Mary Tudor which won the James Tait Black Prize in 1941. The daughter of a clergyman, she read Modern History at Oxford and later received MA degrees there and at Manchester. Her wide-ranging interests included travel and a deep love of the English countryside that lasted all her life.

Reviews for The Man on a Donkey

'By widespread assent, one of the finest historical novels ever written. It may even be the finest' TLS. 'A classic of historical fiction, written by a historian, it is a convincing and atmospheric account of small people caught up in great events in the year 1536, when Henry VIII's kingdom was split apart by rebellion. It blends real and invented characters and captures all the poignant strangeness of the era' Hilary Mantel.


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