Henry VIII biography marks king's 500th anniversary

Henry: Virtuous Prince by David Starkey, a two-volume biography of Henry VIII, will mark the 500th anniversary of Henry's ascent to the throne of England. John Guy of the London Times has the review.

In reference to his much-anticipated work, Starkey writes, “There are two Henrys ... the one old, the other young.” The mature king, the one everyone recognises from Holbein's spectacular paintings, is the “hulking tyrant, with a face like Humpty Dumpty of nightmare”. The other Henry is different: “young, handsome ... slim, athletic, musical and learned as no English ruler had been for centuries”.