Silken Thomas Fitzgerald

Henry the VIII's Irish Thorn

by Gardiner Allen Noble



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/03/2003

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 396
ISBN : 9781410705969

About the Book

"Silken" Thomas- Henry VIII 's Irish Thorn is in the tradition of the epic novel. The period is the 1530's. The young Irish lord "Silken" Thomas Fitzgerald has challenged the cruel religious policies of Henry VIII by renouncing his sword of state. Henry counters by sending an army to Ireland.

The novel begins with Thomas' trek, precipitated by the fall of his family's castle, to an allay's sronghold in the west of Ireland. Once there he and his wife, Frances, struggle to rekindle the revolt's waning popularity. Their efforts fail and Frances goes to England where she appeals to her cousin Ann Boleyn to intercede on Thomas' behalf with her husband Henry VIII.

Thomas, after surrendering-on-terms, later treacherously rescended by Henry, returns to England where he is imprisoned in the Tower. The novel concludes by describing the events that occur when the desperate efforts of Frances, and a priest friend, fail to obtain amnesty for Thomas.

About the Author

In this his first novel Gardiner Noble, a devotee of Irish history, has fulfilled his long held ambition to exonerate "Silken" Thomas Fitzgerald's reputation from the cruel criticism of English historians.