The Making of Henry VIII by Marie Louise Bruce

A meticulously researched book into how the future king of England was brought up.

I found this hard going at first because the detail is extremely rich as the author guides the reader along.

Saying that, I found the book fascinating and made me want to read what happened when Henry VIII became king at the age of 17.

Throughout his infant and teen years, Henry is subjected to intense schooling inside and outside the classroom.

We learn about the various political and uprisings and how these are settled by his father including some pretty grotesque methods of executions.

Towards the end, much is given to Catherine who will become Henry’s first wife (he had six and a bunch of mistresses). How she was kept virtually in poverty with a small stipend and treated terribly.

King Henry VIII went onto rule England and became famous for being ruthless.

I’m giving this 5/5 because it was an enjoyable read and the author’s ability to weave together a story based on her own interpretation of various research materials and historical documents.

Sapere Books provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t affect the quality and genuineness of the opinions I expressed above.