So Great a Prince Review | BLOGTOBER 🍂☕🎃

"To the men and women living in 1509 the future would not have seemed so certain."



At the beginning of the year, I sat down and read the book above, expecting a typical historical telling of life during Henry VIII's reign. What I got was so much more. As many of you know, I'm a little bit interested in the Tudor era of British history. Obsessed. So when I got to read first hand what commoners would do during specific holidays? I was over the moon.

The book focuses on two point of views; one from royalty/Henry, and the other from the everyday person living in medieval London during the first year of Henry VIII's reign. And what a glorious time it was. The young Henry was a completely different Henry from the one almost everyone knows about. The one with six wives under his belt, a notorious bad temper, and... well, the weight. This Henry was tall, handsome, energetic, and generous with his people and courtiers. He LOVED his wife, Catherine, and was more than happy to dote on her. This first year was critical for his career, because it would determine what kind of King he would be. Loved or hated?

On the everyday person's side, we see what they did to prepare for various holidays. Not everyone had the means to throw a massive feast like the court, so we get to read about a lot of humble gatherings. Practically everyone spent the holidays together, on the streets, with neighbors and friends. The author even gets in deep and describes some of the more horrible conditions for the homeless and those without. Winters were not kind, as you can imagine.

All in all, this is an informational book, heavy with detail. But the author makes it flow and I found myself getting through it easily. There was not one time where I needed to put the book down to recharge and refocus my thoughts. I was in this one hundred percent and would highly suggest this to anyone.

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