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Manga Shakespeare : Henry VIII

Patrick Warren

No man’s pie is freed from his ambitious finger

King Henry VIII is married to Katherine of Aragon, an upright and virtuous wife. Henry, a proud and wilful monarch, wishes to defy Rome’s ban on divorce to marry the beguiling Anne Boleyn. Despite attempts to sway the Pope by Cardinal Wolsey, England’s powerful Lord Chancellor and accomplished politician, the Catholic Church remains implacable, signalling the beginning of the Church of England. Henry divorces Katherine and takes Anne as his wife. England’s new queen gives birth to a girl who would become England’s most famous monarch, Elizabeth I.


In a unique partnership, SelfMadeHero publishes Henry VIII in association with Historic Royal Palaces, the charity responsible for Hampton Court Palace and four other royal palaces in and around London. Patrick Warren has researched period costumes, interiors and exteriors at Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London for this manga blend of historical accuracy and Shakespearean drama. The publication in April 2009 coincides with the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's accession to the throne.
Illustrator Patrick Warren is from Hammersmith in London and is currently studying Animation at the University of Westminster. He was a winner of Tokyopop’s first UK Rising Stars of Manga competition in 2006. His interest in Japan began when he was 8 and he had started doodling manga by the time he was 15. Patrick’s influences include manga artists such as Hiroaki Samura, Tite Kubo, Oh! Great and Western artists such as Frank Miller and his own father; Richard III is Patrick’s first full-length illustration work. The Shakespeare original play is adapted by Richard Appignanesi.


Self Made Hero, paperback, 208 pages, published April 2009


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