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

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

by Leanda de Lisle

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The Tudors are England's most dramatic royal family-Henry VIII notoriously divorced his queen and broke with the church of Rome, and Elizabeth I became the greatest English queen in history. But they are a dynasty still more extraordinary than the one we thought we knew.

In an epic narrative sweeping from 1437 to the first decade of the seventeenth century, Tudor traces the rise and rule of the dynasty. Brutal political instability dominated England, and Leanda de Lisle reveals the personalities, passions, and obsessions of the men and women at its epicenter.

This groundbreaking story opens at the unlikely beginning of the Tudor dynasty-with Owen Tudor, a handsome Welsh commoner who, with a pirouette and a trip, landed squarely in the lap of the English Monarchy. The struggle of Owen's grandson Henry VII and his heirs to secure the line of succession-and the hopes, loves, and losses of the claimants-are the focus of this book. The universal appeal of the Tudors also lies in the family stories: of a mother's love for her son, of the husband who kills his wives, of siblings who betray one another, of reckless love affairs, of rival cousins, of an old spinster whose heirs hope to hurry her to her end.

Thrilling to read and bristling with religious and political intrigue, Tudor tells the true story behind the myths, throwing a fresh, new light on this perennially fascinating era.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610393645
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 10/08/2013
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 454,194
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Leanda de Lisle is the highly acclaimed author of The Sisters Who Would Be Queen, After Elizabeth, and Tudor. She has been a columnist on the Spectator, Country Life, the Guardian, the Sunday Telegraph, and the Daily Express, and writes for the Daily Mail, the New Statesman, and the Sunday Telegraph. She lives in Leicestershire, England.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Map xiii

Family trees xiv

The Past xiv

The Family xvi

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Coming of the Tudors: A Mother's Love

1 An Ordinary Man 7

2 A Child Bride 15

3 A Prisoner, Honourably Brought up 24

4 The Wheel of Fortune 33

5 Enter Richard III 41

6 The Princes in the Tower 50

7 The Exile 59

8 Bosworth 63

9 The Rose and the Passion 74

10 Securing the Succession 83

11 The Lost Prince 93

12 Punishment 103

13 Death and Judgement 113

14 Exit Margaret Beaufort 124

Part 2 Inheritance: The Legacy of Arthur

15 The Elder Sister: Margaret, Queen of Scots 133

16 The Younger Sister: Mary, the French Queen 141

17 A Family Reunion and a Royal Rival 149

18 Enter Anne Boleyn 159

19 A Marriage on Trial 168

20 The Return of Margaret Douglas 177

21 The Terror Begins 187

22 The Fall of Anne Boleyn 198

23 Love and Death 206

24 Three Wives 216

25 The Last Years of Henry VIII 227

26 Elizabeth in Danger 238

27 Mary in Danger 249

28 The Last Tudor King 258

Part 3 Setting Sun: The Tudor Queens

29 Nine Days 269

30 Revolt 279

31 Marriage and Sons 288

32 A Flickering Light 296

33 A Married Man 304

34 Dangerous Cousins 313

35 Royal Prisoners 325

36 Murder in the Family 335

37 Exit Margaret Douglas 346

38 The Virgin Queen 354

39 The Daughter of Debate 363

40 The Armada 374

41 Setting Sun 379

42 The Hollow Crown 388

Epilogue 398


1 What happened to the body of James IV? 410

2 The Mysterious Quarrel between Henry VIII and Margaret Douglas 412

3 Guildford and Jane Dudley 415

4 The Myth of Frances Brandon the Child Abuser 417

5 The Obscure Margaret Clifford, Heir to the Throne 1578-96 419

Author's Note and Acknowledgements 422

Notes 427

Index 517

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