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Tudor: Passion. Manipulation. Murder. The Story of England's Most Notorious Royal Family

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  • Posted September 27, 2013

    5 out of 5 for this reader folks! WOW .. JUST WOW! I have to ad

    5 out of 5 for this reader folks!

    WOW .. JUST WOW! I have to admit/proclaim right here and now that am completely fascinated with the Tudor Dynasty. Actually my fascination seems to spreading deeper and deeper into history. When I saw this book available for review I knew I immediately wanted to read it. 

    Tudor: The Family Story by Leandra de Lisle is a well written history book that spans just before the War of the Roses and ends with the death of the Tudor Dynasty (Elizabeth I to James I). There are complete illustrated charts to follow the family history (let's face it, it can all get very confusing with the repeat of royal names like Henry, Edward, Margaret, Elizabeth, Anne ... etc). Whenever a reference was to be made it was easily outlined with numbers/letters leading the reader to further investigate the source if they choose to.

    Leanda de Lise goes about writing this book by approaching it like a huge fairytale (at least this is how I followed it as I do with most of the history I read), but never once leaving me to think it was unbelievable. While she states facts, she provides a vivid picture of dress, deportment, relationships, characters, politics and history that make it easy to follow. Never once was I ever confused reading this book and if you are familiar with medieval history, where the families married cousins and such,and many were addressed by titles that are used over an over again, it can be very confusing indeed.

    I am not a historian, but an average woman who loves to read about the past of this world. I am not qualified to dissect this book and express what is right or wrong, pick at the details one by one, scorn, critique and/or debate truth. I am qualified however, to tell you it didn't put me to sleep in the way that many history books do. My attention was captured, I looked forward to my reading time and I felt I walked away once finished, with a little bit more understanding of that era. I am looking forward to reading not just more about this time in history, but to reading another book by this author.

    If you are interested in a somewhat lengthy read about The War of the Roses, also known as the cousins war between the Lancaster's and York's, the mystery of the Prince's in the Tower, the fall of Richard III by Henry VII, the reign of Henry VIII and his six wives, England's separation from the church of Rome and the Reign of Edward V, Bloody Mary and the Virgin Queen Elizabeth I, READ THIS BOOK! It covers it all! :)

    HAPPY READING! :)

    16 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    This comprehensive book isn't geared for romance fans - not unle

    This comprehensive book isn't geared for romance fans - not unless the romance reader wants to know the history behind historical romances from the Tudor period. The prose is somewhat dry for the average reader but the book is so informative that history lovers won't be deterred. Well-researched and organized.

    So many books about the Tudors start with Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. This book doesn't - it starts with Richard III and what was going on in the UK when the Tudors arrive on the scene, then proceeds to follow the Tudors through the duration of their reign, which helps clarify the issues and decisions made at the end of the dynasty - which many books fail to do because they skim through the Tudor beginnings.

    I requested a copy of this book in exchange for review from NetGalley. I'm glad I did - I wish the author could continue this book as a series, covering the rest of the English monarchy up to the present day.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    Best Tudor Biography

    Best Tudor biography I've read and not only because it is very objective and fair to all tudors, layoung out on all of her subjects, their achievements, trials, and dark aspects of their character and in some cases in their government, *but* also including the lesser known and talked about Tudors, including Owen Tudor's descendants from his illegitimate son David ap Owen who likely was Henry Tudor (VII) playmate before he became Herbert's ward; one of his descendants was Katherine Grey's jailor when she was moved to her last residence and Burghley's informer. I encourage everyone not just to read her book and be over with it; also read her Appendixes which were very helpful and the best informative I've come across with in history books (the others are found in The Woodvilles by Susan Higginbotham. Another great biography). Other books I recommend to read after this is The Woodvilles as already mentioned, Anne Neville/ On Bed with the Tudors/ and Elizabeth of York by Amy Licence, Blood Sisters by Sarah Gristwood, Sisters who would be Queen by Leanda de Lisle as well. Elizabeth I the struggle for the throne by Starkey, Mary Tudor by Edwards, Mary Tudor: England's First Catholic Queen by Edwards, Mary Tudor by anna Whitelock, The Creation of Anne Boleyn by Susan Bordo, The Myth of bloody Mary by Linda Porter and also by Linda Porter Catherine Parr, Sister Queens: The Noble and Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana of Castile by Julia Fox. Six Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser. The Tudors: A Short Introduction by John Guy. The Armada by Garett Mattingly, Jane Seymour by Elizabeth Norton and Margaret Beaufort by Elizabeth Norton as well. And The Plantagenets by Fan Jones and The Life of Elizabeth I and Sic Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir. Thistle and the Rose by Hester W. Chapman and Tudor Age by Jasper Ridley and Henry VIII and his Court by Alison Weir.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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