Charismatic, insatiable and cruel, Henry VIII was a king who became mesmerized by his own legend - and in the process destroyed and remade England. In this revealing account, John Guy looks behind the mask into Henry's mind to explore how he understood the world and his place in it.
|Publisher||Allen Lane; 2014|
GRESHAM'S LAW: THE LIFE AND WORLD OF QUEEN ELIZABETH I'S BANKER
Thomas Gresham was arguably the first true wizard of global finance. He rose through the mercantile worlds of London and Antwerp to become the hidden power behind three out of the five Tudor monarchs. A story of adventure and jeopardy, greed and cunning, loyalties divided, mistaken or betrayed, this is a biography fit for a merchant prince. Five hundred years after Gresham's birth, now is the time to reckon up his legacy.
Thomas Becket lived at the centre of medieval England. He was befriended and favoured by Henry II and quickly ascended the rungs of power and privilege. His story is one of enigma, as well as of one of the most tumultuous periods in English history. Drawing on a vast array of contemporary records, personal letters and first-hand accounts, John Guy has reconstructed a compelling and convincing account of this most remarkable man, the dramatic times in which he lived and the pivotal role he played in his nation's history.