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Blood Will Tell: A Medical Explanation of the Tyranny of Henry VIII #2020

Blood Will Tell A Medical Explanation of the Tyranny of Henry VIII With his tumultuous love life relentless pursuit of a male heir and drastic religious transformation England s King Henry VIII s life sounds like reality television than history He was a man of fas

  • Title: Blood Will Tell: A Medical Explanation of the Tyranny of Henry VIII
  • Author: Kyra Cornelius Kramer
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  • Page: 215
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  • Blood Will Tell: A Medical Explanation of the Tyranny of Henry VIII By Kyra Cornelius Kramer, With his tumultuous love life, relentless pursuit of a male heir, and drastic religious transformation, England s King Henry VIII s life sounds like reality television than history He was a man of fascinating contradictions he pursued a woman he loved for almost a decade only to behead her less than four years after their marriage He defended Catholicism so vigorousWith his tumultuous love life, relentless pursuit of a male heir, and drastic religious transformation, England s King Henry VIII s life sounds like reality television than history He was a man of fascinating contradictions he pursued a woman he loved for almost a decade only to behead her less than four years after their marriage He defended Catholicism so vigorously that he was honored as Defender of the Faith, but he went on to break with Rome and have himself declared Supreme Head of the Church of England Worst of all, the King who began his reign praised as hero and lover of justice and goodness ended it having metamorphosed into such a monster that he was called the English Nero What could have caused these incredible paradoxes Could there be a simple medical explanation for the King s descent into tyranny Where do the answers lie Blood will tell

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    1. It has been a long time since a book inspired me to rate it with one star but this one just called for it for a number of reasons First, the author includes much editorial commenting in the text, comments that are out of place in a book that purports to give new insights into the life and character of Henry VIII and his reign The man is called a putz , a psychopath , and we are told he is suffering from a narcissistic syndrome We are also told that his behavior suddenly deteriorated when he turn [...]

    2. Tudor England fans are quite aware of King Henry VIII s decline from charming prince to the brute and even irrational King of his later days What is unknown is the cause of this about face Was it pure narcissism Perhaps mental deterioration due to a blow to the head Maybe it was paranoia Kyra Cornelius Kramer puts forth a new theory that all of Henry s mental defects and the obstetrical losses suffered by his wives were a result of him being Kell positive and consequently suffering from McLeod S [...]

    3. Find this and other reviews at flashlightcommentary.When I think of royal families affected by medical maladies, my mind jumps immediately to the Romanovs or the Hapsburgs, not the Tudors, yet it is this latter family that is the focus of Kyra Cornelius Kramer s Blood Will Tell Kramer presents an interesting theory, that Henry VIII might have been kell positive and suffered from McLeod s syndrome, and supports the idea with several well known events from Henry s first two marriages to support he [...]

    4. Really 3.5 stars.Enjoyable, easy and interesting read about Henry VIII s reproductive woes, and personality changes obvious mental instability in his later years Would ve liked info on the Kell positive blood types and the associate McLeod s Syndrome that the author bases her hypothesis on though It also got a little repetitive in places and although well researched, it was on the lighter side as biographies go On the whole though, it was a refreshing take on the history of the times in general [...]

    5. A very intriguing and fascinating look at the medical history of Henry VIII while most histories assume that Henry had syphilis, the author gives an entirely new reason for Henry s decline as he aged, and the unfortunate attempts of his wives to give him a healthy child While the author does use quite a bit of medical terminology, it is presented in very readable language Four stars overall, and especially recommended for those interested in Tudor history.For the longer review, please go here ep [...]

    6. This is the first book I finished this 2015 and it s on my favorites shelf now Blood Will Tell is the story of Henry VIII from both a medical and historical perspective Often times when we are studying history we don t take into account the medical or mental history of our subjects and it is an important factor that determined who they were and why they did the things they did While nurture is an important part of who we are, what makes you you and me me , genetics plays a great part in our upbr [...]

    7. This is going to be a difficult review for me to write, and even a difficult rating Why, you might ask Well, even if you didn t ask, I ll tell you why Ms Kramer gives us great reasoning that is 100% plausible, however I just don t completely agree with it.From what I know of Tudor history, Henry VIII didn t go through a drastic personality shift Everything I ve read has shown signs of it being there from the start Narcissism, bipolar disorder, giving titles to people then ripping it all away, p [...]

    8. 3.5 stars This book expounds upon an interesting theory that Henry VIII carried Kell positive genes, and may also have suffered from a condition called McLeod syndrome.Kramer starts off explaining why Henry did not, could not have had syphilis, despite persistent rumors to the contrary This also shows how persistent a rumor can be, over time A Victorian physician postulated this theory in 1888 as a possible explanation for Henry s problems with reproduction and his later tyrannical behavior This [...]

    9. I picked this one up because a I could get it free through the kindle prime lending program and b the of Kell positive antigen had been mentioned in The Children of Henry VIII, which I read recently and really enjoyed I was intrigued that someone had come up with a medical theory for why Henry had such problems building the family he so desperately wanted which also could explain why he became such a grotesque and horrible individual later in life.I have to say the theory of Kell positive antige [...]

    10. I know it s someone s thesis I know a lot of it is pure and total speculation But for entertainment value Loved it I also loved that the author gave a girl positive angle to a lot of Henry s wives that Anne Boleyn wasn t necessarily a scheming whore, and that Kathryn Howard wasn t necessarily an equally scheming whore, but a frivolous girl in way over her head, etc.At any rate, really enjoyed Don t know if I believe the medical explanation, but it was interesting.

    11. This is a pretty good summary of the rule of Henry VII her thesis is that suffered from a marker in his blood that caused miscarriages stillbirths and that then caused a mental illness later in his life It is plausible and there s no way to know short of analysis of his DNA, if then.I like history so this was enjoyable she definitely reminded the reader that this was a time and place which held very different views about most of life

    12. The Tudor era is one of my favourite periods of history to study, and I have read a far bit about it I have never read anything that has addressed the idiosyncratic reign of Henry VIII from the perspective of a medical condition Blood Will Tell is witty, accessible, eloquent and persuasive the book is engaging and very well researched Even those with little interest in the period cannot fail to be drawn into the eventful and horrific story of Henry VIII s later years Ms Kramer is balanced and pu [...]

    13. Blood Will Tell presents an intriguing theory that accounts for both the difficulty Henry VIII had fathering healthy children, and the brutality of the later years of his reign I didn t know much about Henry, and found this book entertaining and accessible The only thing missing was a family tree or chart of some kind With six wives and packs of in laws, it was sometimes hard to keep everyone straight in my mind.

    14. When you think of Henry VIII, what vision do you see Big, gaudy Holbein portraits Giant codpieces, too much jewelry A bloated old man with a pus filled leg and a superfluity of wives A paranoid tyrant with blood on his hands Certainly all of these are possible answers you might get today But in his own day, when he first succeeded to the throne, people who actually met him described him very differently They describe a tall, handsome prince, a gifted athlete, a lover of music and science, a tire [...]

    15. What happened to Henry Tudor This question has puzzled scholars, historians, and laymen for generations, as they are left baffled over an intelligent, compassionate and oftentimes too generous young king who became a full blown tyrant in his later years He started out writing sonnets and freeing his father s prisoners and wound up terrorizing the nobles and cutting off heads.Various theories have been proposed in an attempt to explain his violent mood swings, his intense paranoia, his willingnes [...]

    16. This is a very interesting look at the life of Henry VIII supposing retrospectively that Henry had McLeod syndrome and that this was the cause of every problem in his life The McLeod phenotype is a recessive mutation of the Kell blood group system Men with Kell Blood group are often unable to have children although the first born with a partner may survive Mothers who are negative for the Kell antigen develop antibodies after being exposed to red blood cells that are positive for Kell Subsequent [...]

    17. Kramer, a medical anthropologist, does a commendable job of dissecting Henry VIII s medical, psychological, and behavioral history Her theory is that Henry VIII s blood was Kell positive As such, he would have had an extraordinarily difficult time fathering healthy children who thrived Kell negative women who have children by Kell positive fathers have fine pregnancies the first time around, but develop an allergy to the Kell antigens afterwards, causing future fetuses to miscarry or die early i [...]

    18. This book presents an interesting theory to explain the personality of Henry VIII, and why he became such a tyrant after his 40th birthday It s possible that he had a rare blood type called Kell, which can cause autoimmune disorders, and the author makes the case that Henry probably suffered from one of those Kell induced disorders, McLeod Syndrome, which is a genetic disorder affecting the blood, brain, nerves and heart.The author makes a convincing case, but unless his body is exhumed and his [...]

    19. Hypothesis King Henry VIII who was most notorious for his six wives and bizarre behavior was the victim of a rare blood condition, Kell blood type, and a related condition called McCloud Syndrome It is an interesting hypothesis that seems to come out of nowhere and is supported by an analysis the king s behaviors as described in writings of that time Kramer does a credible job of researching his behavior and other symptoms and lining them up with Kell and McCloud The most interesting part of the [...]

    20. This would have been a passable biography of Henry VIII nothing revelatory, concentrating mostly on his treatment of his wives However, it claims to be something An argument that Henry VIII s erratic behavior had a medical cause, McLeod s Sydrome, and that the author can prove it.McLeod s Syndrome is fairly obscure If the author wanted to demonstrably show that Henry VIII could have been suffering from it, she should have included case studies of people who have it and give specific examples of [...]

    21. This reads like someone s college thesis rather than a serious historical work It s got some interesting ideas, but the citations of modern historians rather than primary sources makes me distrust the material, and the author s pointed hammering of the Kell and MacLeod theories get really old It feels like someone defending a dissertation, and lacks nuance By halfway through, I gave up in disgust Edit And wow, as I check the other reviews I see I called it right on being a thesis Ye gods, advert [...]

    22. I m not normally a big fan of non fiction, but I absolutely ADORED this book The author hooked me in from page one, and I ended up doing a two hour workout on the elliptical machine without realizing it because I was so engrossed in the story Fascinating theories, interesting history, and an engaging writing style This book is a must whether you re a serious Henry VIII buff, or just looking to learn something different from what you see on The Tudors or read in The Other Boleyn Girl.

    23. I really enjoyed this history of Henry VIII The author hypothesizes that Henry VIII suffered from Kell Syndrome and Mcleod Syndrome,both of which could account for the very low live birthrate of his wives, and they were fertile women, and the drastic changes in his personality after the age of 40 The author made the history interesting, and it read well.

    24. I very much enjoyed this book from a different outlook, the medical side The explanation of being Kell positive and the results that happen when that person turns 40 years old It explains the sudden bad behavior of Henry VIII when he turned 40 and makes you wonder if things would have been different without his illness Very interesting

    25. After having watched the Tudor series, this book gives a detailed insight to Henry s live Although it cannot be proved today that Henry suffered from the proposed disease in the book, the theory is very convincing at least for me If you are a fan of Tudors, or of the live of King Henry VIII, then this book will be enjoyable, or at least critic the proposed theory.

    26. This book was an absolute delight to read Kramer has a wonderful writing style and sense of humor At no point in this book was I bored She made a very convincing argument for her diagnosis, and she presented it in terms that laymen could understand I d recommend this book to anyone.

    27. Kyra is a friend which is why I started reading the book I m continuing to read because her style is informative and interesting.update I finished the book and have to say that it was even better than I expected.

    28. Interesting speculation on why Henry VIII had such dramatic personality changes All speculation but well researched and put together Good read for fans of Tudor era non fiction or medical mystery type books.

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