Henry VIII: The Mask of Royalty

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Author's Note

It might be argued that this book was almost as complex in the making as its subject--Henry VIII. Suffice it to say that my wife's time, patience and industry were indispensable; my graduate students were longsuffering and cooperative; and the Fulbright Act, Northwestern University and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation generously subsidized the research. Bits and pieces of the study have been appearing in article form for nearly a decade, the most recent being the genesis of Chapter 5, which was published in Action and Conviction in Early Modern Europe, a series of essays in honor of E. Harris Harbison, the man who first excited my interest in Tudor England and Henry VIII.

L. B. S.

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Henry VIII: The Mask of Royalty
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Author's Note vii
  • Contents ix
  • Illustrations xi
  • I - The Faces of Death 1
  • II - The "Old Man" 15
  • III - The Emperor's New Clothes 40
  • IV - Behind the Mask 66
  • V - The Conscience of a King 91
  • VI - The Moral Commonwealth 111
  • VII - In Search of a Moral 139
  • VIII - Honor Saved 163
  • IX - Youth Renewed 188
  • X - The King Must Die 221
  • XI - Preparing for the Worst 236
  • XII - The "Old Fox" 259
  • Notes 277
  • Bibliography of Printed Books Cited in the Notes 313
  • Index 325
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