“The King’s Achievement” portrays the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII from the point of view of an ordinary English middle class family. While chronologically taking place before the events in “By What Authority?”, this book was written later, filling in the histories of many of the characters appearing in the earlier novel. Benson’s own achievement was thus the invention of the “family saga” quite a few decades before this genre became popular.
The Neumann Press, 2001. Hardcover, 378 pp.