The Tudor Queens of England

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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 did they behave (in and out of the bedchamber)? How powerful were they as patrons of learning and the arts? What religious views did they espouse and ...

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Overview

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 did they behave (in and out of the bedchamber)? How powerful were they as patrons of learning and the arts? What religious views did they espouse and why? How successful and influential were they?

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Editorial Reviews

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Leading Tudor historian Loades (Honorary Research Professor, Univ. of Sheffield; Mary Tudor: A Life) examines the daily lives of Tudor queens, including both ruling queens and queen consorts, from the 15th through the early 17th centuries. Chapters are arranged thematically about a particular woman, e.g., "The Queen as Lover," "The Queen as Foreign Ally," and "the Unmarried Sovereign." Loades also includes a section titled "The Queens Who Never Were," which examines the lives of Jane Grey and Mary Stuart. Given that traditionally several of the queens examined would not be considered Tudor queens, including Catherine de Valois and Margaret of Anjou, the addition of family charts would have been useful. Although this is a thoroughly researched book, the emphasis on the queens' sexual habits-which relies heavily on speculation-could have been omitted. For interested readers.
—Carrie Benbow

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826434388
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David Loades is one of the leading historians of the Tudor monarchy. He is the author of the definitive biography of Elizabeth's half-sister, Mary Tudor: A Life (1989), and of The Tudor Court (second edition, 2003). He is Honorary Research Professor at the University of Sheffield and Director of the British Academy John Foxe Project.

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Table of Contents

1. The queen as trophy: Catherine de Valois2. The queen as dominatrix: Margaret of Anjou3. The queen as lover: Elizabeth Woodville4. The queen as helpmate: Elizabeth of York5. The queen as foreign ally: Catherine of Aragon and Anne of Cleves 6.The domestic queens: Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour and Catherine Parr7. The queen as whore: Catherine Howard8. The queens who never were: Jane Grey and Mary Stuart9. The married sovereign: Mary I10. The unmarried sovereign: Elizabeth IEpilogue: Queens since 1603

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

    Not what I expected

    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.

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