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The Ebbs and Flows of Fortune: The Life of Thomas Howard, Third Duke of Norfolk (Paperback)
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The Ebbs and Flows of Fortune: The Life of Thomas Howard, Third Duke of Norfolk (Paperback)

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Paperback 408 Pages / Published: 30/10/2009
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Thomas Howard became the third duke of Norfolk during the reign of Henry VIII and was intimately involved in many of the most controversial episodes of that era. By some accounts, Norfolk became known as the greatest soldier and aristocrat alive under Henry VIII's rule, in Britain a period of transition from medieval to modern and spanning the Renaissance and Reformation. ""The Ebbs and Flows of Fortune"" is the first comprehensive biography of Norfolk. In this study, David M. Head confronts the central paradox of Norfolk's career - one that lies in his unpleasant personality, marked by vain and tyrannical behavior. Ultimately these flaws prohibited him from achieving the social posture he believed was owed to him, mainly because of his family's position and wealth. Essentially a conservative, both socially and religiously, Norfolk was uncomfortable with reformation ideology and the 'low-brow' men of the court.

Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 9780820334912
Number of pages: 408
Weight: 594 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

As meticulous and finely grained a narrative as one would hope to have of such a figure, based on patient and thorough mining especially of the printed primary sources.

--Sixteenth Century Journal

Head offers a detailed narrative that will be of interest to specialists but also accessible to undergraduates. He concludes with an invaluable analytical chapter that encapsulates the attributes of an English duke.

--American Historical Review

The tumult of sixteenth-century England and Henry's court will always an important area for historians. This well-researched, straightforward work fills a gap about one of the major characters of that arena.

--Library Journal

[A] sprightly, engaging biography.

--Choice

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