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The House of Tudor changed the history of Britain forever. The Tudor monarchs have been immortalised in novels and films for generations. However, the true history of this incredible dynasty is often romanticised and fact is overlooked. Alison Plowden's accessible and beautifully written history traces the family's turbulent reign of power from Henry VII, the first Tudor monarch, who fathered the great Henry VIII. Henry VIII went onto revolutionise England's armed forces and implement controversial reforms in ...
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The House of Tudor

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Overview

The House of Tudor changed the history of Britain forever. The Tudor monarchs have been immortalised in novels and films for generations. However, the true history of this incredible dynasty is often romanticised and fact is overlooked. Alison Plowden's accessible and beautifully written history traces the family's turbulent reign of power from Henry VII, the first Tudor monarch, who fathered the great Henry VIII. Henry VIII went onto revolutionise England's armed forces and implement controversial reforms in England. Yet, he is perhaps most remembered for his tumultuous love life and the fates of his six wives, including Anne of Boleyn, who sparked an international crisis. He fathered four known offspring, including Mary I and Gloriana - Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen, who reigned for 44 years in what is known as England's Golden Age. This book not only re-tells the familiar stories of these famous monarchs, revealing the truth behind the scandals; but it also recounts the history of the less well-known Tudor monarchs: Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey (the uncrowned Queen of England), and those who came directly before and after them - Edward IV and James I. If you read on history of the Tudors, make it this one - you are sure to be enthralled and surprised by how the facts are often more incredible than the fiction surrounding them.
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A biography of the great family which ruled England from the late 1400s to the early 1600s. In this personal rather than political history, historical writer Plowden examines the origins of the family and interweaves the lives of the five Tudor monarchs with lesser-known branches of the tree. Originally published in 1976 by Weidenfeld and Nicolson. Includes b&w illustrations. Distributed by Books International. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"An ornate, admiring history of everyone's favorite English dynasty . . . [Plowden] writes with regal flair of the domestic intrigues, misalliances, and contretemps on which the destinies of a nation turned."  —Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752467108
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 752,173
  • File size: 815 KB

Meet the Author

Alison Plowden (1931–2007) is the author of Lady Jane GreyTudor Women, and Two Queens in One Isle.

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