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Derek Wilson, one of our leading biographers and novelists, came to prominence thirty years ago, after graduating from Cambridge University, with A Tudor Tapestry: Men Women and Society in Reformation England. This was followed by several critically acclaimed and best-selling books, such as Rothschild: A Story of Wealth and Power; Sweet Robin: Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester; Hans Holbein: Portrait of an Unknown Man; and, most recently, The King and The Gentleman: Charles Stuart and Oliver Cromwell 1599-1649. He has also written and presented numerous radio and television programs. Now, after three decades of study and reflection, he returns to those themes he first explored in A Tudor Tapestry.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Great Britain History Henry VIII, 1509-1547 Biography, Great Britain Court and courtiers History 16th century, Henry VIII, King of England, 1491-1547 Relations with courts and courtiers, Southampton, Thomas Wriothesley, Earl of, 1509-1550, Great Britain Court and courtiers Biography, Cromwell, Thomas, Earl of Essex, 1485?-1540, Norfolk, Thomas Howard, Duke of, 1473-1554, More, Thomas, Sir, Saint, 1478-1535, Statesmen Great Britain Biography, Cranmer, Thomas, 1489-1556, Wolsey, Thomas, 1475?-1530