Award-winning historian and writer John Guy tells the story of the efforts of England’s most powerful king to perpetuate the Tudor dynasty. The story of marriage, divorce, adultery and execution is well enough known. Guy explains how Henry was driven by the desire to produce a legitimate male heir. He uncovers the family drama behind it all and shows how it affected the lives of Henry’s children and, ultimately, the destiny of the nation. Even the most successful and luckiest of his children, Elizabeth, lived with the knowledge that her father had ordered her mother’s execution, and was often in fear of her life.
Guy is a fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and also author of the bestselling Tudor England. His My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scotland won the Whitbread Biography Award and the Marsh Biography Award. He is a regular contributor to radio and television.