THE KING’S CHAMBERLAIN: WILLIAM SANDYS OF THE VYNE, CHAMBERLAIN TO HENRY VIII
◗ John Jenkins ◗ Amberley Publishing (15 Dec. 2021) ◗ £20 ◗ 320 pages (Hardback) ◗ ISBN:9781398102811 ◗ amberley-books.com An interesting book which follows the life of William Sandys of the Vyne,
Chamberlain to Henry VIII. After starting with his background it then has a section on his military career not in ‘wargaming detail’ but it’s certainly an insight into the military activity of the period.
The book then looks at the part he played as Chamberlain. There is then a section about his‘works and patronage’ which is mainly about various building works he did. I confess this section left me cold, but then architecture isn’t really one of my interests. The book finishes with a look at his descendants (who never reached the heights he had), a concluding overview of his life and then a detailed chronology based on his remaining documents and letters.
Thoughts? I found the book interesting, it casts a light on a period that is well known but better seen through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell and Sir Thomas More.You do get the feeling that for the protagonists of this book, the Hundred Years War isn’t actually over, it’s still continuing.