For the first time in decades, here, in a single volume, is a fresh look at the fabled Tudor dynasty, comprising some of the most enigmatic figures ever to rule a country. Acclaimed historian G. J. Meyer reveals the flesh-and-bone reality in all its wild excess.
In 1485, young Henry Tudor, whose claim to the throne was so weak as to be almost laughable, crossed the English Channel from France at the head of a ragtag little army and took the crown from the family that had ruled England for almost four hundred years. Half a century later his son, Henry VIII, desperate to rid himself of his first wife in order to marry a second, launched a reign of terror aimed at taking powers no previous monarch had even dreamed of possessing. In the process he plunged his kingdom into generations of division and disorder, creating a legacy of blood and betrayal that would blight the lives of his children and the destiny of his country.
The boy king Edward VI, a fervent believer in reforming the English church, died before bringing to fruition his dream of a second English Reformation. Mary I, the disgraced daughter of Catherine of Aragon, tried and failed to reestablish the Catholic Church and produce an heir. And finally came Elizabeth I, who devoted her life to creating an image of herself as Gloriana the Virgin Queen but, behind that mask, sacrificed all chance of personal happiness in order to survive.
©2010 G.J. Meyer (P)2010 Random House
What a bitter disappointment! I know this material. This is the very last Tudor book in Audible, as I've listened o every other book. Nonfiction and historical fiction.
This is a biased piece of work better categorized as an opinion essay.
The author sets out to tell us about the Tudors on the continuum, yet doesn't come close to achieving that viewpoint. Instead his writing is scathing. He misrepresents and draws conclusions that are pure opinion.
I hate to think anyone would read this and believe that this is the comprehensive biography of the time and the people!!!
Don't waste your money! I'm applying for a refund!
One of the best history listens so far.
crisp,concise and captivating.
A wonderful book that clears up a lot of confusion about the characters in Tudor history and the roles they played.
This history of The Tudors was informative however the author's dislike of two of the family members is easy to deduce. Love them or hate them, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I made the Tudor family so fascinating. I personally love Elizabeth despite her foibles. Gloriana!
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