Henry VIII: The King and His Court by Alison Weir

I periodically go through this need to immerse myself in the famous families of history — the Medici, the Borgias, the Plantagenets, and of course the Tudors. Alison Weir has some amazing books on this topic, all of which are extremely friendly to both novice and enthusiast alike. This volume on Henry VIII is no exception. Narrative history is where Weir excels. The latest research is brought to the forefront, the story unfolds, and old legends are challenged. In the case of Henry, that’s no easy task as the king himself helped to construct his own legend, defining the concept of British monarchy as we’ve understood it for the past 500 years. Weir gets in behind the spectacle to understand the man and his world, once again proving the old adage that truth is stranger than fiction.

5 stars