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Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I


Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I

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    Peter Ackroyd(Author)

Peter Ackroyd, one of Britain's most acclaimed writers, brings the age of the Tudors to vivid life in this monumental book in his The History of England series, charting the course of English history from Henry VIII's cataclysmic break with Rome to the epic rule of Elizabeth I.

Rich in detail and atmosphere, Tudors is the story of Henry VIII's relentless pursuit of both the perfect wife and the perfect heir; of how the brief royal reign of the teenage king, Edward VI, gave way to the violent reimposition of Catholicism and the stench of bonfires under "Bloody Mary." It tells, too, of the long reign of Elizabeth I, which, though marked by civil strife, plots against her, and even an invasion force, finally brought stability.

Above all, it is the story of the English Reformation and the making of the Anglican Church. At the beginning of the sixteenth century, England was still largely feudal and looked to Rome for direction; at its end, it was a country where good governance was the duty of the state, not the church, and where men and women began to look to themselves for answers rather than to those who ruled them.

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  • PDF | 507 pages
  • Peter Ackroyd(Author)
  • Thomas Dunne Books (8 Oct. 2013)
  • English
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  • History
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  • By Grahwell80 on 12 May 2013

    A superb overview of the Tudor period, written with elegance, colour and verve. Ackroyd condenses a great deal of information into a relatively short space, and the narrative cracks along beautifully. Even if you already know a great deal about this famous family, I would wholeheartedly recommend this stylish book.

  • By Guest on 20 December 2015

    Short book but well researched and i enjoyed reading it.

  • By Guest on 2 May 2017

    All good. On time and as described. Happy.

  • By scullion on 11 April 2015

    5* What else to say?

  • By Honrus Publicus on 3 March 2013

    The purpose of a historian is to take often conflicting and confusing events and turn them into an understandable and (hopefully) enjoyable narrative. In this case the author has succeeded.The book takes us from the beginnings of the reign of Henry VIII through to the end of Elizabeth I. in other words, virtually the whole of the 16th century. Unlike others historians, like the book I read recently read about Caterina Sforza (Tigress of Forli: The Life of Caterina Sforza), the author is less concerned about character and more concerned about events. All the monarchs are mainly pegs around whom the many happenings of this period revolve, but that does not diminish the quality of the book. It's just another way to treat history.I also like the fact that the chapters are fairly short; there are over forty (in just over 350 pages). This means that it is possible to put the book down easily or read it in short bursts without losing the plot, or getting overwhelmed by the details.Although familiar with the Tudor period, I am no way an expert. In fact I read the book to remind myself of the events. The book is not overly academic. There are many quotes, but they are not referenced (one of the minor flaws) but this does did not hinder my enjoyment.Perfect as a paperback, or as I read it, on an e-reader.

  • By Adrian Rumble on 6 July 2014

    Ackroyd writes,"When we turn from the affairs of the great to the smaller lives of England we often find misery and discontent."Yes, well , I am sure we do but you wouldn't know it from this book because he simply turns his back on any sort of social history whatsoever and gives us no idea of how even the middle classes might have lived let alone the humble.And while he purports to be narrating a synthesis of the latest research and findings of this period there are many serious omissions as, for example,of the intimate life of Elizabeth which have been common knowledge since the late sixties and which go a long way to explain why she never married.He writes well and is easy to read but in the end you leave his book with the feeling of being bashed about the head too many times such is the relentlessness of his account of executions and betrayals.There's much more to history than this.What about the other possible view of history as summed up so succinctly by Don DeLillo: "History is longing on a large scale."?

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