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July 2, 2013
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Sharon said

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Has anyone read Robert Hutchinson yet? I’m currently reading his Young Henry book and it is excellent. I have most of his other books as well, hes also done a biography on Cromwell, on Walsingham and a couple on the Tudor family. Anyway I am really impressed, he’s also very engaging, the book is really interesting.

I was very impressed with Hutchinson’s book about Cromwell. Haven’t read any of his other books.
Is Starkey writing his sequel to his Henry book or what? Seems like we’ve been waiting a very long time.

Olga and Sharon, Hutchinson’s “Last Days of Henry the VIII” was excellent imo. His biography on Cromwell was entertaining but riddled with historical inaccuracies and heavily biased. e.g. I had to laugh when he described Chapuys looking into Cromwell’s eyes at his execution. That would have been difficult to do when Chapuys wasn’t even in England at the time!Confused

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Maybe Chapuys had a telescope? Laugh

More seriously, I completely agree with Mariette about the two Hutchinson books she mentions.

July 3, 2013
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I’m just in the middle of the Last Days of Henry VIII. He has an excellent amount of contempt for Henry, necessary in any good book IMO Laugh

No word on Starkey yet Sharon, they just keep on moving the publication date forward, last I looked 2014 Confused

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I had the wrong author. Embarassed When Mariette mentioned historical inaccuracies in Hutchinson’s book and the fact that he mentioned Chapuys being at Cromwell’s execution, I could not remember any of that. I had to go looking for my book. The book I have of Thomas Cromwell is John Schofield’s, which by the way, is excellent. My apologies. I blame it on the heat.

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What heat Sharon? I just had a knock on the door and when I answered it, it was a brass monkey asking for his balls back. LOL…

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July 3, 2013
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July 3, 2013
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What heat Sharon? I just had a knock on the door and when I answered it, it was a brass monkey asking for his balls back. LOL…

Boleyn, LaughIt’s freezing here too brrr!

Sharon, Schofield’s biography of Thomas Cromwell was wonderful. Have you read his “Cromwell to Cromwell”? I’ve just ordered it in the hope it will shed some light on the period between Thomas and Oliver Cromwell.

Olga, I’ve had Starkey’s bio on Henry VIII on pre-order for ages. It’s so disappointing that is won’t be coming out this year.Cry

July 4, 2013
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I ordered Schofield’s bio a month ago, I just inquired where the heck it was and was told it was under reprint and they didn’t know when they’d be getting stock. Meanwhile they’re trying to flog them for $300 on abe. I’m going to email the History Press today and see what is going on Frown

I’ve got Hutchinson’s Cromwell bio, is it worth a read though Mariette? I’ve also got the House of Treason book on the Tudors. I haven’t started on any of the kids yet I am still plowing through Henry’s reign, then I think I need to go back and do some War of the Roses reading.

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Olga, Don’t let me put you off Hutchinsons bio of Cromwell. Hutchinson has an engaging style and the book does contain a few gems of information that I hadn’t come across before. The bio does smack of catholic propaganda at times and he loves to remind the reader repeatedly that Cromwell was “corpulent”.Laugh

It’s strange that Schofield’s bio is suddenly so scarce and expensive. I hope you’ll be able to find a reasonably priced copy. Let us know what you think of “House of Treason”. I haven’t read it and it does look good. John Guy’s book on Henry’s children was wonderful.

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The History Press told me it will be reprinted in the next couple of weeks (thank goodness) along with some David Baldwin titles I also decided to nag about. I did point out how those scoundrel booksellers were trying to flog them for hundreds of dollars Laugh I actually sell books myself, but I don’t use the magic price-inflating software they use, which prices stuff on an average.
I like to read in “batches” if you know what I mean, so I’ll read both Cromwell bios when my Schofield arrives then. I’ll probably read House of Treason next. He is entertaining isn’t he? I think he has taught me some excellent new insults too Laugh

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What heat Sharon? I just had a knock on the door and when I answered it, it was a brass monkey asking for his balls back. LOL…

Boleyn, LaughIt’s freezing here too brrr!

Sharon, Schofield’s biography of Thomas Cromwell was wonderful. Have you read his “Cromwell to Cromwell”? I’ve just ordered it in the hope it will shed some light on the period between Thomas and Oliver Cromwell.

Olga, I’ve had Starkey’s bio on Henry VIII on pre-order for ages. It’s so disappointing that is won’t be coming out this year.Cry

Mariette, I was considering Cromwell to Cromwell. Haven’t ordered it yet, but it is on my wish list. I have a few other books to get to first.
BRRRR! Are you kidding me? I could use a little bit of cooler weather. It has been near 90 degrees here for a week. And rain? More flooding all around us. It wasn’t lovely spring/summer showers either. It was really serious deluges. Lots of flooding in the area. It is like living in a tropical rain forest. It hasn’t rained in two days much to every ones relief, but man, is it hot.
I can’t believe Starkey’s book is delayed ’til next year. Been waiting forever.

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Sharon said

Mariette said

Boleyn said

What heat Sharon? I just had a knock on the door and when I answered it, it was a brass monkey asking for his balls back. LOL…

Boleyn, LaughIt’s freezing here too brrr!

Sharon, Schofield’s biography of Thomas Cromwell was wonderful. Have you read his “Cromwell to Cromwell”? I’ve just ordered it in the hope it will shed some light on the period between Thomas and Oliver Cromwell.

Olga, I’ve had Starkey’s bio on Henry VIII on pre-order for ages. It’s so disappointing that is won’t be coming out this year.Cry

Mariette, I was considering Cromwell to Cromwell. Haven’t ordered it yet, but it is on my wish list. I have a few other books to get to first.
BRRRR! Are you kidding me? I could use a little bit of cooler weather. It has been near 90 degrees here for a week. And rain? More flooding all around us. It wasn’t lovely spring/summer showers either. It was really serious deluges. Lots of flooding in the area. It is like living in a tropical rain forest. It hasn’t rained in two days much to every ones relief, but man, is it hot.
I can’t believe Starkey’s book is delayed ’til next year. Been waiting forever.

Well Sharon it has finally got a lot warmer here but for how long is another matter. British weather is so unpredicible, that this time next week we could freezing our socks off again. Please don’t mention rain seen enough of that for a while at least. I’ve got a freind in North Carolina, and he says they’ve had all sorts of nasty weather there, High winds, heavy downpours, thunderstorms, the lot. I told him he can keep it there. By the way it’s a bit late now to say it but I hope you had a good 4th of July… America’s crowning moment when they told King George the 3rd to go poke it up his arse.

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July 6, 2013
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Eric Ives was due to release a book on Henry VIII but the release date kept getting put back. I suppose it will never be released now, which I find really sad.

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Louise, That’s such a shame. I wonder how close Ives was to finishing it.

I was so disappointed at the delay of Starkey’s bio of Henry VIII that I pre-ordered John Matusiak, “Henry VIII: The Life and Rule of England’s Nero” due out 1 August. The title says it all, lolLaugh

July 7, 2013
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Oh I saw that, it’s on my wishlist Laugh

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Thanks for the tip, Mariette. I’ll definitely give that a try.

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Boleyn said

Well Sharon it has finally got a lot warmer here but for how long is another matter. British weather is so unpredicible, that this time next week we could freezing our socks off again. Please don’t mention rain seen enough of that for a while at least. I’ve got a freind in North Carolina, and he says they’ve had all sorts of nasty weather there, High winds, heavy downpours, thunderstorms, the lot. I told him he can keep it there. By the way it’s a bit late now to say it but I hope you had a good 4th of July… America’s crowning moment when they told King George the 3rd to go poke it up his arse.

Boleyn, For once NC and NY have something in common. Unfortunately, it’s the weather. Thank you. It was a great July 4th weekend.
Mariette thanks for the recommendation. Another book to the wish list.

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Olga said

Arrgh Yell It’s so infuriating. How could she write that drivel in 2009? It’s not like her travesty of a six wives that was written 20 years ago, there’s no excuse for it.
The problem is some people don’t want to believe things. You give them a 400 page book of facts and they keep banging on about what they think because it sounds better, and I firmly put Weir in that category. She was going on in the author notes of her new fiction novel that Frances Brandon must have been a monster because some recent graduate has written a new paper on it and is working on a biography. So of course it must be true, because someone else said so.
You have no idea how many people I have seen online completely dismissing Julia Fox’s book, because they think Jane has to be a villain. Not for any good reason, of course.
Argh Yell again

I thought Weir’s book “Henry VIII: King and Court” was highly regarded? I haven’t read it as my local library doesn’t have a copy and I haven’t been bothered to order it yet, but I may do so and give an opinion.

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