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Title Graven with diamonds : the many lives of Thomas Wyatt: poet, lover, statesman, and spy in the court of Henry VIII / Nicola Shulman
Author Shulman, Nicola
Edition 1st U.S. ed
Publisher Hanover, N. H. : Steerforth Press, c2013
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Location Call number Status
 Skillman - Upper Level  PR2404 .S58 2013x    AVAILABLE  
Phys Desc 378 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Notes "First published in the United Kingdom in 2011 by Short Books" -- t.p. verso
Includes bibliography and index
Summary "In this thrillingly entertaining book, Nicola Shulman interweaves the bloody events of Henry VIII's reign with the story of English love poetry and the life of its first master, Henry VIII's most glamorous and enigmatic subject: Sir Thomas Wyatt. Learned divines despised it, sober heads ignored it, but for Henry, the beau ideal of chivalry, poetry made things happen. It affected his wars, his diplomacy and his many marriages. It was at the root of his fatal attraction to Anne Boleyn a source of her power and a means of her destruction. Poet, statesman, spy, lover of Ann Boleyn and favorite both of Henry VIII and his sinister minister Thomas Cromwell, the brilliant Wyatt was admired and envied in equal measure. His love poetry began a risqué entertainment for ambitious men and women at the slippery top of the court. But when the axe began to fall and Henry VIII's laws made his subjects go silent in terror, Wyatt's poetic skills became a way to survive. He saw that a love poem was a place where secrets could hide" -- Publisher's description
Subject Wyatt, Thomas, Sir, 1503?-1542
Henry VIII, King of England, 1491-1547 -- Marriage
English poetry -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism
Great Britain -- Court and courtiers -- History -- 16th century -- Biography
Great Britain -- Court and courtiers -- History -- 16th century
Great Britain -- History -- Henry VIII, 1509-1547
ISBN 9781586422073 : $19.99

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