Tudor: The Family Story

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    Tudor: The Family Story PDF/EPUB ´ Tudor: The ePUB 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."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 539
  • Tudor: The Family Story
  • Leanda de Lisle
  • English
  • 09 September 2019
  • 0701185880

About the Author: Leanda de Lisle

Tudor: The Family Story PDF/EPUB ´ Tudor: The ePUB tudor: book, family mobile, story kindle, Tudor: The kindle, Tudor: The Family StoryTudor: The Family Story MOBILeanda de Lisle is the author of bestselling Tudor and Stuart history praised for meticulous research as well as strong narratives She has a Masters degree in history from Oxford University TUDOR, her biography of the Tudor family , was a top ten Sunday Times best seller, BBC History book of the year, Daily Telegraph book of the year, and History Today book of the year THE Tudor: The ePUB ´ SISTERS WHO WOULD BE QUEEN THE TRAGEDY OF MARY, KATHERINE AND LADY JANE GREY, was a New York Times best seller and is the inspiration for Phillippa Gregory s novel THE LAST TUDOR Her latest book WHITE KING,, a biography of the doomed Charles I, is her most dramatic yet and is the winner of the Historical Writers Association non fiction crownLeanda does a monthly podcast on itunes Ten Minute Tudors, it uncovers the true Tudors and Stuarts behind the myths.


Tudor: The Family StoryTudor: The Family Story PDF/EPUB ´ Tudor: The ePUB tudor: book, family mobile, story kindle, Tudor: The kindle, Tudor: The Family StoryTudor: The Family Story MOBIFor Best Books about the Tudors facts behind the Wolf Hall trilogy the Times of London recommends Tudor The Family Story Sunday Times top ten Bestseller BBC History Book of the Year a Daily Telegraph Book of the Year a History Today Book of the YearThe Tudors are England s most notorious royal family But, as Leanda de Lisle s gripping new history reveals, they are a family Tudor: The ePUB ´ still extraordinary than the one we thought we knewThe Tudor canon typically starts with the Battle of Bosworth in , 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 forgetBy 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.

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  1. Sarah (Presto agitato) says:

    There have been an awful lot of books, movies, and TV shows about the Tudors Their cultural impression is larger than life Events of historic importance certainly occurred during their reigns, probably most significantly the Protestant Reformation, but it is their colorful antics that make them memorable Even the Plantagenets who preceded them, ruling for 331 years in contrast to a mere 118 for the Tudors, are much less prominent in public consciousness Somehow the many wild tales of treache There have been an awful lot of books, movies, and TV shows about the Tudors Their cultural impression is larger than life Events of historic importance certainly occurred during their reigns, probably most significantly the Protestant Reformation, but it is their colorful antics that make them memorable Even the Plantagenets who preceded them, ruling for 331 years in contrast to a mere 118 for the Tudors, are much less prominent in public consciousness Somehow the many wild tales of treachery and betrayal that the Plantagenets gave us pale in comparison to the doings of serial groom Henry VIII And really, it is Henry VIII who most represents the Tudor dynasty There were four and a half other Tudor monarchs, but Henry, and to a lesser extent Elizabeth, gets most of the press The recent Showtime television series The Tudors lasted four seasons but, despite the plural implied in its name, covered just one Tudor Henry.There isn t much that is new here about Henry and Elizabeth, but where Leanda de Lisle s contribution to popular Tudor histories stands out is in her treatment of the other lesser known Tudors The story begins earlier, with events that often get just a cursory mention in Tudor books Here we have a discussion of Henry VII s origins, the Wars of the Roses, and the fall of Richard III De Lisle also addresses the influence of Henry VIII s grandmother, Margaret Beaufort, and his sisters, whose marriages had important repercussions seen much later in English history By including these events in detail, there is a historical context for the actions of the Henrys, making some of their decisionsunderstandable, even if not admirable.De Lisle also includes an analysis of the usurpation of Lady Jane Grey The Nine Day Queen is often littlethan a footnote in Tudor histories, but Jane and her sisters are an area of interest for the author, who wrote another book about them Here she justifies their inclusion by showing how the shakiness of the succession after Edward s death may have contributed to some of Mary s, and later Elizabeth s, paranoia It seems that none of the Tudors could ever completely avoid anxiety about being ousted.Leanda de Lisle s Tudor history is a readable one She avoids getting bogged down in some of the details of dress, food, and other customs For that type of information, Alison Weir is muchcomplete Instead, the focus here is on the overarching picture and historical context

  2. Nicole~ says:

    Tudor The Family Story begins at the funeral procession of Catherine of Valois in 1437 in order to relate the origins of the Tudor name Catherine and Owen Tudor s relationship is depicted as truly romantic I had quite a chuckle or two as Ms de Lisle showed she has a slightly ribald sense of humor There was music playing, and her servants were dancing While Catherine watched, Owen performed a leap which span out of control, and he fell straight into her lap As an Elizabethan poet asked Tudor The Family Story begins at the funeral procession of Catherine of Valois in 1437 in order to relate the origins of the Tudor name Catherine and Owen Tudor s relationship is depicted as truly romantic I had quite a chuckle or two as Ms de Lisle showed she has a slightly ribald sense of humor There was music playing, and her servants were dancing While Catherine watched, Owen performed a leap which span out of control, and he fell straight into her lap As an Elizabethan poet asked, Who would not judge it fortune s greatest grace, Since he must fall, to fall in such a place 9 Ms de Lisle explains that The story of how Henry Tudor i.e.Henry VII survived against the odds, and won his throne and his bride against even greater odds, is one of the world s great adventure stories It sounded irresistible and indeed how could one understand the king if you only began his life in 1485 423 The author approached this family biography that spanned five generations like a top notch forensic investigator sifting through layers of archived evidence exhaustively gathering information looking at different angles to uncover hidden reasons and perhaps suggest alternate motives with an acceptable level of plausibility for the actions of this fascinating royal family Ms de Lisle took great care to examineclosely not how we see the Tudors from our end of the telescope, but how they saw themselves 424 I was happy to readabout Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots, Henry VIII s older sister, whose husband, James IV, was killed at the battle of Flodden against England while Queen Katherine was regent It seemed so strange and heartless that Henry VIII would take pleasure in the win, and show little remorse at leaving his pregnant sister a widow, his nephews fatherless, and the three vulnerable in Scotland I appreciated that Ms de Lisle stuck to referring to family members and close surrounding characters by their given names, and did not get heavy handed with lining up their titles like cars in a traffic jam because as we know titles changed hands as quickly as heads rolled This is one thing I most dislike that some medieval historians would plaster titles all over the pages it isn t impressive at all but is rather ridiculously frustrating Thankfully, Tudor is not an example of such confusion it is uncomplicated reading, flowed easily and made sense Tudor is a work of obvious dedication and passion from an author who has brought to fruition a well balanced biography of a dynasty It is well written, remarkably researched and rationally thought out For medieval history fans, this is not only a pleasurable read on a familiar subject it also provides new insights and a fresh outlook on a fascinating royal family

  3. happy says:

    In her look at the Tudor Dynasty, Ms De Lisle has delivered a very reader friendly book Starting with the Owen Tudor, Henry VII s grandfather and who gave the dynasty its name, the author looks at the family that ruled England from 1485 thru the death of Elizabeth I in 1603 In telling their story Ms De Lisle states to understand the Tudors, one must understand how they saw themselves.This is not your standard history The author just doesn t look at the politics surrounding the family, but a In her look at the Tudor Dynasty, Ms De Lisle has delivered a very reader friendly book Starting with the Owen Tudor, Henry VII s grandfather and who gave the dynasty its name, the author looks at the family that ruled England from 1485 thru the death of Elizabeth I in 1603 In telling their story Ms De Lisle states to understand the Tudors, one must understand how they saw themselves.This is not your standard history The author just doesn t look at the politics surrounding the family, but attempts to explain how the politics affected the various members of the family Starting with Owen Tudor,a commoner, and his very fortuitous marriage to a Queen Henry V s widow Katherine de Valois , the author gives the reader a peak at the interworking s of the family In telling the story of Owen and Katherine, Ms De Lisle recounts the various stories of how they met and how their marriage was received by the ruling council To say the Regents were not impressed is an understatement, but other than banning them from court, the Council decided not do anything about it until Henry VI came of age and let him deal with it view spoiler Which he did by enobling Owen and his sons with Katherine hide spoiler Ms De Lisle also does a good job of telling Margret Beaufort s, the great granddaughter of John of Gaunt, story She married Edmund Tudor, one of Owen and Katherine s sons and gave her son his royal blood tainted though it maybe She successfully protected her son and navigated the rip tides that were the Wars of Roses and is presented sympathetically contrary to the common perception She was an astute politician in her own right and was able to judge what needed to be done to protect the interests of her son.In looking at the Tudor Monarchs, De Lisle does not just tell the story of their reigns, but also looks at them as people She tells of their fears and their aspirations She tells how the politics affect their lives as people In telling Henry VIII s story she illuminates his desire to emulate and even surpass his predecessor, Henry V and become the King of France and how this affected his foreign policy She also humanizes the story of his marriage to Katherine of Aragon and how he came to see it as an affront to God and that God was punishing him by not giving him a son Also in telling the story of Henry VIII, the author tells us the story of his sisters who both married kings and how their decendents came into play in the later stages of the story of the dynasty In telling the story of the later Tudors, I felt the author was especially sympathetic to Mary Her portrayal of Mary was one of a monarch who was an astute judge of what her kingdom would accept in religious matters and only after much urging from Catholic authorities began the persecutions that led he to be known as Bloody Mary Her sister, Elizabeth, is shown as learning from Mary and to a great extent basing her ruling philosophy on her reign Ms De Lisle also notes that Elizabeth hadpeople executed that either her father or her sister The author spends a considerable amount of time looking at why Elizabeth would not name a successor, in spite of the urging, almost demanding, of her councilors, esp William Cecil.All in all this is an excellent look at the family that became the perhaps the greatest of the English Monarchies I would give it 4.5 stars rounded down for Goodreads

  4. Pam Baddeley says:

    An interesting book which takes the approach of going back to the earlier characters in the story of the Tudor family, starting with Owen Tudor who married the widowed Queen of France after a wild dance leap landed him in her lap The book goes through each of the personnel, giving a good insight especially into the women who usually are background characters such as Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII, and Margaret Douglas, daughter of Henry VIII s eldest sister and her second husband the Ea An interesting book which takes the approach of going back to the earlier characters in the story of the Tudor family, starting with Owen Tudor who married the widowed Queen of France after a wild dance leap landed him in her lap The book goes through each of the personnel, giving a good insight especially into the women who usually are background characters such as Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII, and Margaret Douglas, daughter of Henry VIII s eldest sister and her second husband the Earl of Angus The part played by such women in the great events of the period is examined, as well as theusual emphasis on Henry VIII and his treatment of his wives.There were some interesting insights such as the parallels in character between Henry VIII and his maternal grandfather, Edward IV The examination of the life of Queen Elizabeth I was also interesting as the author doesn t romanticise her, but gives the warts and all portrayal There is also somewhat of a rehabilitation of her elder sister Mary and an examination of how the stereotypes and prejudices against women have played a part in demonising both her and certain other royal women.The author does however have a tendency at times to reiterate the same point about who people are, but to skim over the date so that we re told something happened in August but it s not clear which year That and a bit of clunkiness in the prose here and there is why I am awarding this 4 stars rather than 5

  5. Christine says:

    Disclaimer Arc read via Netgalley Thank you Netgalley, Perseus Books, and Public Affairs Books.I can hear you asking the question do we really need another book about the Tudors Really Well, I don t know about need, but I can say this is a very excellent look at the Tudor family If you were going to buy one book about the Tudor dynasty, this should be it It s not that I didn t like Meyer s book about the family, but de Lisle is just better In part, this is because she actually focuses o Disclaimer Arc read via Netgalley Thank you Netgalley, Perseus Books, and Public Affairs Books.I can hear you asking the question do we really need another book about the Tudors Really Well, I don t know about need, but I can say this is a very excellent look at the Tudor family If you were going to buy one book about the Tudor dynasty, this should be it It s not that I didn t like Meyer s book about the family, but de Lisle is just better In part, this is because she actually focuses on the family instead of the big two Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, who seem to have been the focus since the BBC programs While much of the book does deal with them, de Lisle makes sure that the rest of the family gets their time in the spot light She does from the start of the book She actually truly looks at the marriage of Katherine de Valois and Owen Tudor The relationship between not only gets the treatment as in looking at the start of the War of the Roses, but actually looks why Katherine would ve married him, as well relating some interesting gossip about intimate matters De Lisle conveys to the reader a sense of who these two often passed over dynasty founders In particular, she looks at the development of Margaret Beaufort and the impact that she might have had on her son Henry VII, who gets farattention paid to him here than in most other general histories And that really is the selling point of this book the look at the players who are eclipsed by the wives and rivals queens When I read this, I came away with a far greater understanding of Henry VII instead just simply seeing him as a stringy bastard as he is so often simply drawn The lives of Edward VI and Mary I are seen in greater detail here as well as their impact in terms of the monarchy In fact, de Lisle considers the impact of Mary s rule on how Elizabeth determined to govern and even to act the part of ruler, inthan terms of just religion She also raises the question of how Elizabeth s reign would have been seen if she had died early on, when she was sick with smallpox This isn t to suggest that de Lisle focus just on the political Her description of battle, in particular of Bosworth, is quite frankly very gripping It is this style, part academic and part almost novelistic in approach that make the book accessible to both long time Tudor fans as well as those who are picking this up due to simply the Showtime series She does not relate gossip, for the most part, and she does take a closer look at oft held myths or commonly repeated stories Her take on the Princes in the Tower is plausible and her analysis of Richard III s rule fair This is not a blow by blow of the Essex rebellion, but a study in how a family gains, holds, and eventually loses power all the while struggling in the political arena It is not the soap opera of naked flesh that the Showtime series presented Warts and all, careful study and understanding A close look at figures and issues that get swept aside in the tart s version of the wives It isn t a romantic view, and for that it is farengrossing The appendices are worth reading because De Lisle looks and debunks certain myths While the book does tread on some of the area of her previous work, it does not seem as if she is simply repeating the last book The Grey sisters are dealt with, as they must be, but while doing them the justice they deserve in a study, de Lisle does not let them and her knowledge of them overwhelm the work Truly a wonderful study of the Tudors

  6. Orsolya says:

    For us Tudorphiles, there really isn t anything we don t already know about one of history s most dramatic families So what s the point of reading another book on the Tudor dynasty Perhaps this can be answered by Leanda de Lisle in Tudor The Family Story.Lisle s version of events in Tudor stands out instantly, as the tone presented to the reader is not simply that of a recollection of Tudor monarchy life but the basics and underlying psychosis of the family Lisle begins the history back For us Tudorphiles, there really isn t anything we don t already know about one of history s most dramatic families So what s the point of reading another book on the Tudor dynasty Perhaps this can be answered by Leanda de Lisle in Tudor The Family Story.Lisle s version of events in Tudor stands out instantly, as the tone presented to the reader is not simply that of a recollection of Tudor monarchy life but the basics and underlying psychosis of the family Lisle begins the history backtracking to Owen Tudor and his fall into royalty Although nothing new is learned by the expert reader the family history will be understood in a new light Lisle reveals the Tudors in a smooth way in which their emotions and actions throughout the decades make clear sense Thus, although the story isn t new, the fresh perception is Lisle s text is heavily researched and accurate, skipping the biases and speculation which are abundant even in the works of renowned historians The pace is exciting and has a steady ratio of almost fictional narrative to that of an academic piece However, at times Lisle goes off on the flowery descriptions and either grazes or rushes too quickly on the historical events I suspect that she could produce a solid HF novel.A notable characteristic of Tudor is the breath of life Lisle gives to some figures who are often ignored such as Mary and Margaret Tudor the sisters of Henry VIII and Margaret Douglas Plus, the chronology is solid and all major points are highlighted without jumping back and forth which could confuse new readers Lisle seamlessly interweaves the text with descriptions of everyday life culture which instead of feeling like tangents clearly sets the stage for Tudor lie and again makes everything clear and understandable Tudor is also filled with anticipation, with even the seasoned Tudorphile wanting to know what happens even though he or she already knows On the negative end, Lisle has the habit of mentioning a thought or idea which is contrary to popular belief but doesn t elaborate or offer clear sources I would welcome new angles but need details Also slightly annoying is Lisle maintaining the trend of quoting Shakespeare within her historic text Shakespeare was NOT a historian and his plays were just that plays Not sure why so many authors insist on this The second half of Tudor hasof a detective focus with Lisle debunking some much talked about Tudor myths The only issue with this is a lack of description argument and notes with holes in the connection I had many, You got this from that moments Despite this, Lisle also displayed the strength of not following stereotypes in Tudor Mary isn t vilified, Elizabeth isn t glorified, etc Instead, Lisle simply sees the strengths and weaknesses of each figurehead.The conclusion of Tudor is exceptionally strong, wrapping up Elizabeth s reign but again, not overly romanticizing her flowing into a memorable, well rounded Epilogue in which Lisle truly brings home the Tudor message in a way not many history books have Lisle doesn t just stop there, as she briefly discusses some Tudor myths in the Appendices For those readers who enjoy notes, Lisle offers pages worth while also serving up color plates and genealogical trees Even though one may not experience new information on the pages of Tudor , the presentation is entirely new Versus a straightforward look at Tudor history, Lisle opens up the personal view of the Tudors and how THEY viewed themselves which explains their actions better then a simple look at their political actions Lisle successfully treads a middle ground where readers both new and old to the topic will find enjoyment Tudor is well written and extremely readable with Lisle showing a marked improvement in her writing it is obvious that she hasgreat things in store Although not perfect, Tudor is very much recommended for anyone and everyone interested in the topic Note My rating isof a 4.5 but rounded to 4 versus 5

  7. Rio (Lynne) says:

    Why read another a Tudor book De Lisle takes on the family history from Owen Tudor to James I This isn t another Henry and his wives book De Lisle s NF books are not text bookish They are easy to read and before you know it hours have gone by, she brought many new things to my attention proof Margaret Beaufort wasn t the evil step mother, Henry VIII wanted 16 executors in charge of Edward, was Mary Queen of Scots raped I consider myself very informed on the Tudors and I thoroughly enjoyed Why read another a Tudor book De Lisle takes on the family history from Owen Tudor to James I This isn t another Henry and his wives book De Lisle s NF books are not text bookish They are easy to read and before you know it hours have gone by, she brought many new things to my attention proof Margaret Beaufort wasn t the evil step mother, Henry VIII wanted 16 executors in charge of Edward, was Mary Queen of Scots raped I consider myself very informed on the Tudors and I thoroughly enjoyed this book Great read

  8. sweepea888 says:

    I ve read a good number of books on the Tudors It s my favorite period of history.This book is extremely thoroughly reasearched and presents events in an unbiased manner This is important because I ve read enough books on the Tudors that have been slightly compromised due to an author s opinion being forced on the reader It s frankly annoying when that happens and De Lisle refrained from making this mistake.She had a bit of a wry sense of humor which I appreciate Just enough to make it enter I ve read a good number of books on the Tudors It s my favorite period of history.This book is extremely thoroughly reasearched and presents events in an unbiased manner This is important because I ve read enough books on the Tudors that have been slightly compromised due to an author s opinion being forced on the reader It s frankly annoying when that happens and De Lisle refrained from making this mistake.She had a bit of a wry sense of humor which I appreciate Just enough to make it entertaining not distracting I appreciated her defense of Margaret Beaufort as well the author portrayed her as a wonderfully intelligent, resourceful mother who tirelessly worked to secure the safety and legacy of her son Henry often at great peril for her own safety Oddly Beaufort is often recalled as a formidable, dour presence not helped by artistic renderings of her in late life but the author made her inspiring and likable Her depiction of Elizabeth Woodville was also particularly poignant The mothers in Tudors history often endured long separations from their children and dealt with their children s deaths as well Despite the glittering romantic portayals of the Tudors in cinema these grim realities made life literally hang in the balance for these matriarchs The Tudor kings who were judged harshly by modern critics were somewhat defended by the author as well Henry VII was basically raised in exile and had be quite careful, almost paranoid for his own survival Unfortunately his cautiousness became a bit exaggerated late in his reign his laws became almost Draconian and as a result he was not popular with his kingdom Henry Vlll started out as a jocular, athletic and beloved ruler but also suffered the same fate His reign was remembered as being full of bloodshed and terror Constant threats of rebellion, religious strife and plotting amongst palace insiders created an insidious petri dish of volatility.Almost anyone familiar with Tudor history has a strong opinion about the Lost princes in the Tower the sons of Elizabeth Woodville taken by their uncle Richard lll Some feel Richard ordered their murder feeling they presented a threat to his reign Others argue that such a sober, pious ruler would never do such a thing Some have speculated that Margaret Beaufort was behind their demise in order to pave the way of her son, Henry Vll to the throne What is known is this Richard lll never made mention of the princes after their incarceration in The Tower He never acknowledged their deaths and certainly never held a funeral mass for them He did not want a religious cult martyrdom developing around the princes which was a possibility if people knew they were murdered After Henry Vll took the throne defeating Richard lll at Bosworth he maintained the secrecy surrounding the princes for much the same reason Although bones were discovered many years later buried at the foot of stairs in The Tower and forensic analysis confirms the bones are that of two children approximately the same age as the princes there is still no absolute cetaintly about the fate of the two boys This is such an emotionally fraught topic, the death of two innocents Unfortunately for Richard his reign will always be besmirched with this black cloud of ignominy And the fact that he had a genetic deformity likely scoliosis , aka a hunchback it adds to the image of him being a monster De Lisle tried to explain the treachery of being a ruler and how Richard was merely maintaining his dominance as a ruler I wasn t sure if she was giving him a pass if he ordered a hit so to speak but it seem perhaps she was If the princes had been allowed to live they could raise an army as adults against their uncle Call me crazy but I still think Richard was an asshole It s a matter of opinion of course Henry Vlll and his daughter Elizabeth also executed would be rivals Elizabeth started off beloved by her people and acknowledged them lovingly as her very own children In her later years her popularity waned with the ongoing war and her subjects enduring financial troubles She cleverly refused to name an heir as was expected of a monarch for years knowing that as soon as she did the power plays and plotting against her would be set in motion For someone with little politcal training she showed exemplary cunning While some speculated her refusal to marry was because she was lovelorn for her Master of The Horse, Robert Dudley and secret lover her reasons werepragmatic If Elizabeth were to marry she would have less control andplotting to contend with she thought it best to avoid the situation entirely.Each Tudor player was covered in great detail with much attention given to the human aspects of lives This not only made the book a pleasure to read meaning not too dry it also gave a three dimensional view of this most fascinating time in history A good writer and I ll be checking out her other books A must read for anyone interested in this period or anyone looking for a good introduction

  9. Helen Carolan says:

    Nothing new in this one but an interesting and entertaining read none the less My only gripe with this one just like most books about the Tudors is the lesser known family members get shoved to the sidelines and barely get a mention.

  10. hpboy13 says:

    Leanda de Lisle has a gift for writing historical books When the history is as compelling as that of the Tudors, no embellishment is needed, and de Lisle tells the story masterfully This book is impeccably researched, and de Lisle backs up everything she says with primary sources, which she then uses to debunk a lot of popular myths and misconceptions that have sprung up around the Tudors.The great thing about this book is its broad scope, and de Lisle manages to weave a coherent story of five Leanda de Lisle has a gift for writing historical books When the history is as compelling as that of the Tudors, no embellishment is needed, and de Lisle tells the story masterfully This book is impeccably researched, and de Lisle backs up everything she says with primary sources, which she then uses to debunk a lot of popular myths and misconceptions that have sprung up around the Tudors.The great thing about this book is its broad scope, and de Lisle manages to weave a coherent story of five generations here, spanning two centuries of English history Context is everything, and the whole family saga makes a lotsense in the way de Lisle has presented it Sure, we ve heard this all before Henry VIII s wives, and his kids messing with each other but as part of the larger story it becomes fascinating all over again She also makes it accessible, with gentle reminders of who is who when needed, but trusting that the reader will keep up.If I had to nitpick, I would say de Lisle skips over much of Margaret Tudor s fascinating later history navigating Scottish politics, and that she should have addressed Margaret Pole s claim to the throne at some point because scarcely a chapter goes by without mention of a rival heir descended from George, Duke of Clarence But Tudor is already an impressive tome, so it seems churlish to complain about evenstuff that should have been included.Anyone who s a fan of the time period and wants a clear picture of the history, or who just wants to know the facts behind Philippa Gregory s fiction, would do well to pick up this book I eagerly await de Lisle s next offering