One of the best-known figures of British history, collective memory of Henry VIII presents us with the image of a corpulent, covetous, and cunning king whose appetite for worldly goods met few parallels, whose wives met infamously premature ends, and whose religion was ever political in intent. 1536 - focusing on a pivotal year in the life of the King - reveals a fuller portrait of this complex monarch, detailing the finer shades of humanity that have so long been overlooked. We discover that in 1536 Henry met many failures - physical, personal, and political - and emerged from them a revolutionary new king who proceeded to transform a nation and reform a religion. A compelling story, the effects of which are still with us today, 1536 shows what a profound difference can be made merely by changing the heart of a king.
Suzannah Lipscomb is Research Curator at Hampton Court Palace. She read her D.Phil at Oxford in Early Modern History and is heavily involved in various events to celebrate the 500th anniversary in 2009 of Henry VIII's ascension to the throne, including an exhibition at Hampton Court Palace and a number of lectures and debates.
Acknowledgments Illustrations Preface PART ONE - Setting the Scene Prologue Chapter 1. The Change Chapter 2. Young Henry Chapter 3. The Divorce Chapter 4. 1536 and All That PART TWO - The Crisis of Masculinity Chapter 5. A Wife's Death Chapter 6. The King's Honour Chapter 7. The Fall of Anne Boleyn Chapter 8. A Dearth of Heirs Chapter 9. Masculinity and Image PART THREE - The King's Religion Chapter 10. The Reformation in England Chapter 11. 1536: The Church Established Chapter 12. The Role of Henry VIII in Later Reformation Chapter 13. Henry VIII's Theology Chapter 14. The Aftermath of the Reformation PART FOUR - Henry the Tyrant Chapter 15. The Pilgrimage of Grace Chapter 16. The Mouldwarp Prophecy Chapter 17. Courtly Dissent Chapter 18. Did Henry VIII Become a Tyrant? Epilogue Appendices Appendix 1. Timeline of 1536 Appendix 2. Henry VIII's Wives Appendix 3. Spectrum of Christian Theology Appendix 4. The Cost of Living in Henry VIII's Reign Notes Further Reading Index