3.5 stars. An interesting and readable account of the way of life of a king. This is not a biography of Henry VIII or his wives. Most of the chapters are pretty short and focus on one aspect of life at court, including for example Henry's interest in art, music, religion and architecture. One of the interesting components of the book is Weir's translation of Henry's expenditures into modern day equivalents which give you a better perspective of the amounts spent - and some of them were outrageous! Sometimes the lists of items seemed endless and a little boring to read and the sheer volume of people's names made my head spin.