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Eight kings of England have borne the name Henry, but only two of them were born as heirs to the throne: Two seized the crown by force of arms, one by craft and opportunistic speed, and one by skilful diplomacy and an early flowering of that great British virtue, compromise. Among their number are saints and monsters, the best known and the least known of English kings. On Eight kings of England have borne the name Henry, but only two of them were born as heirs to the throne: Two seized the crown by force of arms, one by craft and opportunistic speed, and one by skilful diplomacy and an early flowering of that great British virtue, compromise. Among their number are saints and monsters, the best known and the least known of English kings. One was a storybook hero, leading an army to triumph against overwhelming odds. Another sat out a battle, singing to himself and playing with his fingers while the arrows flew past. Half of them have been accused of blatant murder, though in general the actual killings were carried out by others. Between them, these English monarchs represent every possible shade of kingship, and each in his own time was ‘Harry of England’.


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Eight kings of England have borne the name Henry, but only two of them were born as heirs to the throne: Two seized the crown by force of arms, one by craft and opportunistic speed, and one by skilful diplomacy and an early flowering of that great British virtue, compromise. Among their number are saints and monsters, the best known and the least known of English kings. On Eight kings of England have borne the name Henry, but only two of them were born as heirs to the throne: Two seized the crown by force of arms, one by craft and opportunistic speed, and one by skilful diplomacy and an early flowering of that great British virtue, compromise. Among their number are saints and monsters, the best known and the least known of English kings. One was a storybook hero, leading an army to triumph against overwhelming odds. Another sat out a battle, singing to himself and playing with his fingers while the arrows flew past. Half of them have been accused of blatant murder, though in general the actual killings were carried out by others. Between them, these English monarchs represent every possible shade of kingship, and each in his own time was ‘Harry of England’.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Tony Riches

    Book review Harry of England In an inspired new book, historian and author Teresa Cole takes a fresh look at British history through the lives of eight kings named Henry. My recollection of childhood history lessons was skipping from the Norman invasion to the six wives of Henry VIII, so this informative and highly readable book is a useful way of filling in some of the gaps. I remember being intrigued by the news that Henry I died from a ‘surfeit of lampreys’, but did you know that he admitted t Book review Harry of England In an inspired new book, historian and author Teresa Cole takes a fresh look at British history through the lives of eight kings named Henry. My recollection of childhood history lessons was skipping from the Norman invasion to the six wives of Henry VIII, so this informative and highly readable book is a useful way of filling in some of the gaps. I remember being intrigued by the news that Henry I died from a ‘surfeit of lampreys’, but did you know that he admitted to (and provided for) an amazing twenty-two illegitimate children? As a youngest son, Henry had no idea he would become king, yet watched his brothers die one after the other. When his father, William the Conqueror, lay on his deathbed he granted his youngest son five thousand pounds of silver. With impressive zeal, Henry rushed off to have the silver weighed, and wasn’t seen again until his father’s funeral. Henry II had little chance to learn from his grandfather, as he was only two years old when Henry I met his uncomfortable end. By the time he was crowned, with his queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, at Westminster Abbey he was twenty-one, and had gained a good education. He was known as Henry 'Curtmantle' when he was young because he was so short, and is probably best known for rashly commanding the murder of Archbishop Thomas a Becket at Canterbury cathedral. Henry II left the country in a much better state than he found it, but made many enemies as he curbed the powers of feudal lords. Henry III didn’t have the best start, as the nine-year-old was crowned with the wrong crown, in the wrong place by the wrong person, but he did have the protection of William Marshall as regent. Henry III married the well-educated and well-connected Eleanor of Provence, untroubled by the fact she was only twelve years old, and they had five children. Described by Teresa Cole as ‘a decent but flawed man’, Henry III’s reign of fifty-six years was the longest in medieval English history. A further hundred and twenty-five years passed before King Henry IV became the first English ruler since the Norman Conquest to speak English rather than French. The Britain he ruled was a very different place to that of his predecessor. After this we enter much more familiar territory with the remaining four ‘Henrys’ – but I can confirm that author Teresa Cole has brought her fresh perspective to the stories of their eventful lives. This is a book you can dip in to at any page and find something interesting. Highly recommended. Tony Riches

  2. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Malagisi

    English kings are some of the most recognizable monarchs in all of European history, and when we think of Kings of England, a few names pop into our minds. Edward, George, and William tend to be popular, but you cannot study English history without Henry. Eight kings of England were Henry, and they would change the history of England forever. These eight kings give us an entire range of what kingship was like in medieval Europe. From men born to be king to opportunists who decided to take the th English kings are some of the most recognizable monarchs in all of European history, and when we think of Kings of England, a few names pop into our minds. Edward, George, and William tend to be popular, but you cannot study English history without Henry. Eight kings of England were Henry, and they would change the history of England forever. These eight kings give us an entire range of what kingship was like in medieval Europe. From men born to be king to opportunists who decided to take the throne as their own, from saints to warrior kings, the Henrys of English history were a colorful group of characters. Each king has had numerous biographies written about him, but there has never been a collection of biographies about the kings named Henry until now. This is “Harry of England: The History of Eight Kings, From Henry I to Henry VIII” by Teresa Cole. I want to thank Amberley Publishing for sending me a copy of this book. When I saw this title, I was fascinated by the concept. I have read several books about certain Henrys, but I have never read one that talks about them all in one book. Cole begins her book with the first Henry, the 4th son of William the Conqueror. The prospects of him ever becoming king was very slim, especially when William the Conqueror passed away and the crown went to William Rufus, the eldest son. Yet destiny took an unexpected turn when William Rufus was killed in a hunting accident, and Henry was there to take the throne before his other brothers had a chance. Henry had to deal with numerous rebellions and the tragedy of the White Ship, which killed his only legitimate son and heir. This led to the period of fighting between Henry’s daughter Matilda and Stephen of Blois, known as the Anarchy, which led to the reign of King Henry II and the beginning of the Plantagenet Dynasty. King Henry II had his fair share of family drama with his sons and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, plus a deadly confrontation with his former best friend, Thomas Becket. The following Henry, Henry III did not have the best of starts to his reign as he followed King John and had to deal with barons' war and external threats to the throne while balancing the Magna Carta. Luckily for Henry III, he had the longest reign of any medieval English king, fifty-six years. We enter the Hundred Years’ War with France during the reign of Henry IV, the son of John of Gaunt, who took the throne from Richard II. Henry IV’s son Henry V was the great warrior king who won a decisive victory against the French at Agincourt. Henry V’s son Henry VI became king when he was just a baby, and it was during his reign, that we saw the emergence of what we call today the Wars of the Roses. Finally, Cole tackles the Tudor kings, Henry VII and his second son Henry VIII. Cole has done her research and given her readers a collection of biographies that are easy to read. Each king has his moment to shine, and Cole does not show favoritism as she explains important battles, events, policies, and changes to the law and religion that each king brought forth. If you want an excellent book that gives you an introductory course into the English kings named Henry, I would recommend “Harry of England: The History of Eight Kings, From Henry I to Henry VIII” by Teresa Cole.

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