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Product description

“The one who has been prophesied will come, full of power, full of good devotion and good love.”

What turns a model of virtue into a monster?

Hal is young, flame-haired and handsome; a gifted warrior and sportsman. Clever and charismatic, he is loved by his people. He believes that God has chosen him to rule. But he is also plagued by the ghosts of his family’s violent past, and haunted by an eerie apparition. Once he rises to power, a darkness rises in him too. Five hundred years later, his name remains notorious for murder and rapacious cruelty. He is Henry VIII.

Product Details






Templar Publishing

Date published

April 1st, 2012

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.2; Middle years plus; 14.0 points

Other details
  • 400 pages


UK edition


Harriet Castor


  1. Ian, Book Club Review Team
    on 19 April 2012

    Couldn't put it down!

    This book speculates on the life of one of the world's most famous kings as a boy. It shows us how it was possible for Henry VIII to become so tyrannical and we sympathise with him. I thought the plot was excellent and I couldn't put it down!

    5out of 5

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