Tudor

Tudor

The Family Story

Book - 2013
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The Tudors are a national obsession. But, as Leanda de Lisle shows, beyond the familiar headlines, and deep into their past, is a family still more extraordinary than the one we thought we knew. It is the story of a dynasty's rise and fall, presenting a family struggling at every turn to establish their right to the throne; a family dominated by remarkable women doing everything possible to secure influence and the family line.
Publisher: London, England : Chatto & Windus, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780701185886
Characteristics: 539 pages :,illustrations (chiefly color), maps ;,24 cm

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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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