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My Review of In The Lion's Court: Power, Ambition and Sudden Death in the Reign of Henry VIII - A Study in Political Intrigue By Derek Wilson

You often boast to me that you have the king’s ear and often have fun with him, freely and according to your whims. This is like having fun with tamed lions – often it is harmless, but just as often there is fear of harm. Often he roars in rage for no known reason, and suddenly the fun becomes fatal.’ Thomas More
For anyone endeavoring to understand the reign of Henry VIII, King of England, and or the man Henry Tudor himself, the focus has been to turn to his infamous six wives for the answer. However, writer and novelist, Derek Wilson gives us the answers through the eyes of the Six Thomases’ orbiting around the man himself:  Thomas Wolsey, Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell, Thomas Howard, Thomas Wriothesley and Thomas Cranmer.
Derek Wilson also gives us another mnemonic:  Died, beheaded, beheaded, Self-slaughtered, burned survived.
Between 1509 and 1547, these six men were the most closely involved with the governing king of the empire of England. Thomas Wolsey was an accused traitor f…

Great Expectations in Celebration of Mr. Charles Dickens