Inside the Court of Henry VIII

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January, 1547. The King of England's fetid, 400-pound frame lies on his deathbed, his nation left as rotten and broken as his body. Once Europe's most promising and enlightened prince, he squandered Britain's riches on futile wars, tore apart the centuries-old religious certainties of his people, and threw off the shackles of papal authority.

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Henry VIII is the most iconic king of English history. Part medieval tyrant, part renaissance prince, he ruled over his people as no king of England had ever done before. He took a country salvaged by his father from the wreck of civil war and set over it a single, sovereign ruler. By the end of his reign, the power of the Tudor dynasty was absolute - but at a terrible cost. His reign will go down as one of the bloodiest in history.

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