VIII

By CASTOR, H. M.

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ISBN
9781442474185
Publisher
S & S.


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on November 1, 2013  |  Grades 9 and Up

Gr 8 Up—This biographical and psychological portrayal of one of England's most notorious rulers is a meaty read for Tudor history fans and general audiences alike. Prince Hal is repeatedly reminded, especially by his father, that nothing grand is expected of him, because he is the "spare" son. This spurs him into believing that he is destined for greatness, believing in a prophecy that he is fated to rule England. When his brother, Arthur, suddenly dies, Hal clashes even more with his father; when he informs his father that he believes in co...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on October 1, 2013

This fascinating psychological profile of Henry VIII encompasses his life from boyhood to deathbed. Over the course of the novel, H. M. Castor skillfully changes Henry’s narrative voice to reflect his expanding knowledge and experiences. Henry’s first-person point of view briskly moves the story along and provides immediacy: “As we pass a monstrous lump of a building, ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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