Thursday, June 5, 2008

Henry VII reenjoyed

Unfortunately the past month or so has seen me turn away from books and have to oh my (!) concentrate  relatively exclusively on my work life.  I did, however, read another book on the best businessman ever to occupy the English throne - namely Henry Tudor.  Titled simply Henry VII, it was  authored by Charles Williams, an intellectual of the thirties.  The style reminded me of Lytton Strachey's Eminent Victorians.  The most interesting relationship explored is that of the Spanish Ambassador, De Puebla.   This book is a gentle biography and thoughtful character assessment.

It is hard to remember the bright colors that were popular in the early Tudor years.  Henry, Williams says, brought the concept of "Majesty" to the kingship.  This book helped me picture the stage a little better.