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Book Title: The Last Divine Office: Henry VIII and the Dissolution of the Monasteries|
The author of the book: Geoffrey Moorhouse
Date of issue: June 1st 2012
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ISBN 13: 9781933346526
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This excellent book is about Henry VIII's suppression on the English monasteries with particular focus on the monastery and cathedral of Durham. Henry's lust for women and lust for more money led him to suppress monastic institutions that had been at the heart of English religious life for a thousand years. Henry had the help of the able and very ruthless administrator Thomas Cromwell. At first it was only the smaller houses which were suppressed, but later, even the larger houses fell to Henry's avarice. Durham, however, was "reformed." As a cathedral monastery, it became home to the deanery of the new Anglican establishment in Durham. Some of the old monks continued to live and serve in the deanery or as priests of the diocese. This book shows the tactics of the so called "visitors" who were appointed by Cromwell to examine the monasteries and question both monks and nuns as to the viability of the religious houses and the moral lives of their inhabitants. The questions were invasive and the questioners put the monasteries in the worst possible light, often falsifying or exaggerating in order to justify the suppression. Perhaps most tragic of all is the desecration of the tombs and shrines of great saints such as Saint Cuthbert. I came away from this book with a real disdain for Henry VIII and an even greater disdain for the opportunistic Cromwell. Under the guise of reformation these men plundered and looted the religious houses of England.
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Read information about the authorGeoffrey Moorhouse, FRGS, FRSL, D.Litt, was an English journalist and author. He was born Geoffrey Heald in Bolton and took his stepfather's surname. He attended Bury Grammar School. He began writing as a journalist on the Bolton Evening News. At the age of 27, he joined the Manchester Guardian where he eventually became chief feature writer and combined writing book with journalism.
Many of his books were largely based on his travels. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society in 1972, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1982, and received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Warwick. His book To The Frontier won the Thomas Cook Award for the best travel book of its year in 1984. He had recently concentrated on Tudor history, with The Pilgrimage of Grace and Great Harry's Navy. He lived in a hill village in North Yorkshire. In an interview given at the University of Tuebingen in 1999, he described his approach to his writing.
All three of Moorhouse's marriages ended in divorce. He had two sons and two daughters, one of whom died of cancer in 1981. He died aged 77 of a stroke on 26 November 2009 and is survived by both sons and one daughter.