Henry VIII’s Last Victim: The Life and Times of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey
Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey was one of the most flamboyant and controversial characters of Henry VIII’s reign. A pioneering poet, whose verse had a profound impact on Shakespeare, Surrey was nevertheless branded by one contemporary as ‘the most foolish proud boy that is in England’. He was the heir of England’s premier nobleman, first cousin to two of Henry VIII’s wives – Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard – and best friend and brother-in-law to the King’s illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy. Celebrated for his chivalrous deeds both on and off the battlefield, Surrey became, at only twenty-eight, the King’s Lieutenant General in France. But his confident exterior masked insecurity and loneliness. A man of intriguing contradictions, Surrey was both law enforcer and law breaker, political conservative and religious reformer. His life, replete with drunken escapades, battlefield heroics, conspiracy and courtroom drama, sheds new light on the opulence and artifice of a dazzling, but deadly, age.
HENRY VIII’S LAST VICTIM was first published on 6th October 2006 by Jonathan Cape (Random House).
A truly superb biography…Jessie Childs is a true scholar. She has been through a vast number of manuscript archives to recreate these 30 terrible years of English history…A poignant, vivid narrative.
– A. N. Wilson, Daily Telegraph
A deservedly award-winning debut
– The Guardian
Beautifully written and researched…an insightful portrait of an extraordinary man.
– Mail on Sunday