Tudor

Tudor

The Family Story

eBook - 2013
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The Tudors are England's most dramatic royal family-Henry VIII notoriously divorced his queen and broke with the church of Rome, and Elizabeth I became the greatest English queen in history. But they are a dynasty still more extraordinary than the one we thought we knew.

In an epic narrative sweeping from 1437 to the first decade of the seventeenth century, Tudor traces the rise and rule of the dynasty. Brutal political instability dominated England, and Leanda de Lisle reveals the personalities, passions, and obsessions of the men and women at its epicenter.

This groundbreaking story opens at the unlikely beginning of the Tudor dynasty-with Owen Tudor, a handsome Welsh commoner who, with a pirouette and a trip, landed squarely in the lap of the English Monarchy. The struggle of Owen's grandson Henry VII and his heirs to secure the line of succession-and the hopes, loves, and losses of the claimants-are the focus of this book. The universal appeal of the Tudors also lies in the family stories: of a mother's love for her son, of the husband who kills his wives, of siblings who betray one another, of reckless love affairs, of rival cousins, of an old spinster whose heirs hope to hurry her to her end.

Thrilling to read and bristling with religious and political intrigue, Tudor tells the true story behind the myths, throwing a fresh, new light on this perennially fascinating era.

Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus, 2013
ISBN: 9781610393645
1610393643
Characteristics: 1 online resource (539 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates.)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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BlueHippo
Aug 25, 2015

I really, really enjoyed this book. It is extremely well-researched and very well written. I especially enjoyed learning more about some of the "minor" characters in the Tudor story-Henry VIII's sisters, for example. There are a couple of minor errors the editor should have caught-Wolsey is identified as someone's "godmother"(I'm sure it should have read "godfather"), and there is a reference to Henry VI as being the uncle of Henry VII. I don't see that-maybe Henry VI was his step-uncle (through Owen Tudor's 2nd marriage to Catherine of Valois marriage), but I don't see the direct relationship for Henry VI and Henry VII. The book is very current and the author makes use of research and discoveries made within the last few years, including the discovery of the body of Richard III. The print is small, but it is well-written and reads pretty easily. There is an epilogue and 4 short appendices which focus on some very specific things. There are also many pages of notes and many of these are actually very interesting! I am looking forward to reading other books by this author.

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