Henry VIII was one of the most volatile and unpredictable monarchs in English history. Despite his famously explosive temper, his overbearing bluster and his appalling disregard for human life, he also proved himself at times to be a caring husband, a loyal friend, a compassionate ruler and a pious believer as well.
Henry VIII: A Reference Guide to His Life and Work captures his eventful life, his works, and his legacy. It features a chronology, an introduction, a comprehensive bibliography, and the dictionary section lists entries on all the locales, events and personalities associated with King Henry from the years before his birth, through the nearly 38 years of his reign, to the subsequent régimes of his three royal children and successors.
Clayton Drees is professor of history at Virginia Wesleyan University, where he has taught courses in medieval and early modern European, African and Islamic history for the past 30 years. His other published books include Authority and Dissent in the English Church (1997), The Late Medieval Age of Crisis and Renewal (2001) and Bishop Richard Fox of Winchester: Architect of the Tudor Age (2014). He served as president of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, between 2018-2020.
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