Henry VIII - And the Men Who Made Him
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Borman is one of the top historians in her field, and this book will shed light on an under-studied aspect of Henry VIII’s life. It promises to become a new point of reference for understanding the Tudor era and for Renaissance and 16th-century scholars and enthusiasts. Americans continue to be fascinated by the Tudors, and especially Henry VIII, from the Showtime dramatic series to Alison Weir’s, Philippa Gregory’s, and Hilary Mantel’s novels (and their TV and stage adaptations). This book introduces characters well-known to history—Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas More, and Thomas Cromwell—as well as intimates of Henry overlooked in other biographies: his childhood friend Charles Brandon, the Spanish ambassador Eustace Chapuys, and many others. Henry VIII comes on the heels of Borman’s first novel set in Tudor times, The King’s Witch, and will capitalize on the energy from that publication. Borman’s most recent work of history, The Private Lives of the Tudors, was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and published in hardcover to strong sales and favorable reviews, cited as an “authoritative work” (New York Times Book Review) and “riveting history” (O, The Oprah Magazine). The book was the basis for a multi-part documentary series, hosted by Borman, which aired on British television in June 2016. Borman is the joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces in the UK, working daily in the palaces that formed the private world of the Tudors. This gives her access to unique details that add authority and richness to her saga of Henry’s life.