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H. M. Castor - Author

H. M. Castor has been obsessed with the Tudors since primary school. She studied Tudor History at Cambridge University, and despite spending time after that doing a variety of jobs – including teaching English in Prague and working as a Benesh Movement Notator for the Royal Ballet – the Tudors have never lost their hold on her. In particular she has been fascinated by the story of Henry VIII.

“I’ve read a great deal about his life,” she says, “but still a huge question has remained: just how does this extraordinary boy become one of the most villainous kings in British history? He is vastly talented, has astonishing warrior skills, and is said to be a model of virtue. So what turns him into a monster? In writing VIII I’ve set out to answer that question.”

H. M. Castor lives in Bristol with her husband and two daughters.

You can also read contributions from H M Castor on The History Girls blog - click here.

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Chosen by April 2012 Guest Editor, Charlie Higson: "The 60s and early 70s, when I was growing up, was a golden age for children's historical fiction, with the likes of Henry Treece, Geoffrey Trease, Rosemary Sutcliff and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2012
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H. M. Castor
This is the story of Henry VIII from handsome young prince to cruel king. How did this talented skilful warrior turn into a villainous monster? This is historical fiction at its best but played out from a different angle with...
Lovereading Price: £8.79 - Saving £2.20 (20%) Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2011
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