The Tudor Queens of Englandby David Loades
From Elizabeth of York - wife of Henry VII, the first Tudor monarch - through to Elizabeth I, her grand-daughter and the last in the line, this book explores some of the most colourful and dramatic women in British history. Queen consorts were central to the Royal Court but their role has rarely been examined or contrasted with the better known ruling queens. How
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Though admittedly well researched, this book was not at all what I expected. Rather than making the argument for the classifications of the various queens (i.e. The Domestic Queens), Loades simply provides the reader with a brief biography of each woman. Much of his material is based on speculation rather than fact, a point that seriously detracts from the credibility of the book. However, Loades does indicate when his narrative is based on conjecture, winning back some credibility. His narrative is also easily accesible, though some parts could be better explained. Good for those interested in the subject with little background in the era.