Tudor

Tudor

Passion, Manipulation, Murder - The Story of England's Most Notorious Royal Family

eBook - 2013
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The Tudors are England's most notorious royal family. But, as Leanda de Lisle's gripping new history reveals, they are a family still more extraordinary than the one we thought we knew.

The Tudor canon typically starts with the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, before speeding on to Henry VIII and the Reformation. But this leaves out the family's obscure Welsh origins, the ordinary man known as Owen Tudor who would fall (literally) into a Queen's lap--and later her bed. It passes by the courage of Margaret Beaufort, the pregnant thirteen-year-old girl who would help found the Tudor dynasty, and the childhood and painful exile of her son, the future Henry VII. It ignores the fact that the Tudors were shaped by their past--those parts they wished to remember and those they wished to forget.

By creating a full family portrait set against the background of this past, de Lisle enables us to see the Tudor dynasty in its own terms, and presents new perspectives and revelations on key figures and events. De Lisle discovers a family dominated by remarkable women doing everything possible to secure its future; shows why the princes in the Tower had to vanish; and reexamines the bloodiness of Mary's reign, Elizabeth's fraught relationships with her cousins, and the true significance of previously overlooked figures. Throughout the Tudor story, Leanda de Lisle emphasizes the supreme importance of achieving peace and stability in a violent and uncertain world, and of protecting and securing the bloodline.

Tudor is bristling with religious and political intrigue but at heart is a thrilling story of one family's determined and flamboyant ambition.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, 2013
ISBN: 9781610393645
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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