• Valerie Nijssen

What I Read - January 2018

Updated: Apr 28, 2019

Hi everyone!

One of my resolutions this year is to do the 52 week book challenge! I was inspired to do this as I always loved to read but simply just never take the time to do it. I operate a whole lot better with a deadline though and this has helped me to finish 4 books this month!

So I thought in order to keep the flow going that I would post one book every month that was a complete stand out and favorite. Maybe this way we can all inspire each other to pick up a book more often.

This month I have read 'Billy and Me' by Giovanna Fletcher (a re-read as I love this book so much), 'Elizabeth of York' by Alison Weir and 'The Tudor Tutor' by Barb Alexander. But my favorite book this month is by Margaret George and it is called 'The Autobiography of Henry VIII'.

This book was the first book I chose for this month. And with 944 pages it really was a hardcore start to this challenge. I am so glad that I did pick this up though as it really was such a brilliant book to read.

Margaret George wrote this book in Henry VIII's point of view and that alone is such a challenge that should be rewarded with praise. She gives a insight at how Henry's mind could have worked and what could have driven him to some of his radical decisions made during his reign. Also she writes side notes in the sometimes comical perspective of Will Sommers, Henry's jester and confidant in the story. In doing this she gives valuable extra information and is able to touch upon the power vacuum that had risen after Henry's death.

Obviously this book is not 100% accurate, as there are no recourses of the king's personal feelings, nor a diary that still exists that would have given us insight into his mind. But Margaret researched Henry's life thouroughly and stayed true to the facts that we do know about Henry's life and with that information she really created a masterpiece. This book covers Henry's early years, his reign and the last moments of his life which such detail that it is hard to believe that it is not actual fact. 

This book alters your look on one of the most notorious kings in English history in such a unique way and gives a understanding how the charasmatic young king became the tyrant he was at the end of his life. 

I am thrilled that Margaret wrote a same style book for both Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I and I cannot wait to start those books this year as well. 

What is your favorite book of this month?

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