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The Tudors: A Captivating Guide to the History of England from Henry VII to Elizabeth I

Narrated by: Desmond Manny
Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: History, European
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Explore the captivating history of the Tudors!

Five Tudor monarchs sat on the throne of England and Ireland from 1485 to 1603. The family earned their royal rights through strategic planning and battlefield prowess, and kept them because of intellect, strength, and sheer determination. The Tudors, one of England’s most powerful and famous royal dynasties, knitted together a fragmented and small island nation that became one of the world’s financial, colonial, and technological superpowers. 

There is so much more to the story of these kings and queens than beheadings, political marriages, and the reformation of the church - but those events remain some of the family’s most enthralling moments. 

This captivating history audiobook covers topics such as:
 

  • The Tudors of Wales
  • The Wars of the Roses
  • Catherine of Valois, Mother of the Tudor Dynasty
  • Margaret Beaufort, Second Tudor Matriarch
  • King Henry VII
  • Arthur Tudor
  • King Henry VIII
  • Margaret Tudor, Sister of Henry VIII
  • Mary Tudor, Queen of France
  • The Birth of the Church of England
  • King Henry VIII: Wives Two and Three
  • King Henry VIII: The Last Three Wives
  • King Edward VI
  • The Nine Days’ Queen, Jane Grey
  • Elizabeth Tudor
  • Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots
  • And much more

So listen to this audiobook if you want to learn more about the Tudors!

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An easy read and great audible of the era

I've read a number of books on this era and this was generally easy to read and both clarified some things and added knowledge I was previously unaware of. He occasionally stops and goes back or magnifies a subject to clarify some aspect of the narrative which is very helpful.

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English history aficionado.

The coverage of the queen, Elizabeth I, is scanty -- perhaps her personal actions were few, or resources are not available. Altogether, this is a book that belongs in the library of any English history aficionado.

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A special history book.

Really I learned a lot about the politics of the era and the British/Protestant dislike of Catholics makes more sense to me now, as does the complicated English-Spanish relationships.

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Different take on the Tudors

Well written and engaging, but rather weird in that it is a comprehensive history written by a historian who doesn't much care for his subjects. I can't fathom spending the immense amount of time it takes to research and write a book like this when you actively dislike the protagonists!

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A famous period of English history.

All you readers out there with a love for Tudor English history, you will find this book one to keep for your personal library. I enjoyed learning more in depth about the politics, religious wars and personal info on key characters in history. Let me tell you, I was really seeing Henry VII all through very rosy glasses! I thought I had a good handle on what I knew about these people; oh how wrong I AM. From an ordinary person's perspective, I was better educated after reading this book. Things about the period that I never knew made the era more understandable. Thank you, Captivating History!

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It is quite readable and informative.

Henry VII smeared those he usurped the throne from to justify his actions and, while his son Henry VIII tried hard to fill the shoes of his grandfather Edward IV, he just didn't have the right stuff. To be fair, though Elizabeth has her good points, she, Mary and Edward strike me as emotionally stunted, no doubt the result of their upbringing, and that was a big reason that, despite this book, I still am not a big fan.

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A good read, with qualifications.

Got the book to brush up on my history, and hopefully try to get interested in the Tudors. I love British history and am somewhat of a nut on the subject. Alas, though the book was well-written, and the author's research seemed to be excellent, I still don't like the Tudors, and frankly, just could not finish the book.

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Definitely a different look at The Tudors.

I actually found the author's willingness to look at both sides fairly and see that the Pope and English Catholics weren't entirely evil, nor the English reformers entirely good, refreshing. Look at both sides and find the truth somewhere between them, as the saying goes. The author takes the Tudors and the friends and enemies to task and has produced an interesting, and very readable survey of this most notorious English dynasty.

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I thought it was a very good book, went into great detail and back story into the lives of the Tudors.

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  • Courtney Phillips
  • 10-16-18

Good overview...

Good overview, but it skips over the "smaller" Tudors to focus on Henry, his first two wives, and Elizabeth I, though it does have a very judicious review of Mary's life.

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  • Imogen Poole
  • 10-16-18

Tudor history I have ever read.

This is the best book I have ever read on the Tudors, showing them to be more bloodthirsty than glorious. I recommend this book to anyone interested in a fair, balanced and extremely well-written history of the most interesting dynasty in English history.

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  • Jasmine Norton
  • 10-16-18

Its good to be a kind.

I am a fan of things Tudor and this is a great book that offers an entertainingly different view of the goings on in the world of Henry the 8th's England.

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  • Alisha Ward
  • 10-16-18

Definitely a must read.

If history books were written more often like this one, it would be a much more popular subject. I love history, but I must admit reading of lot of the books presently on the market is like wading through a dust storm. This reads like a novel, but still keeps a wonderful sense of historical accuracy.

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  • Marie Antoinette
  • 10-16-18

One of the good books around.

I'm only about 50 percent in the book but I find it quite intriguing. I sometimes have to re-read a paragraph to know which Earl or Lord they are talking about, but its all good so far.

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  • Rhys Wallace
  • 10-16-18

Readers can learn from this.

Readers learn from this book about not only English royalty but the history of the Western world in Tudor times. The monarchs themselves led intricate lives, and their manners and motives are well covered for the most part. .

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  • Samantha Lewis
  • 10-16-18

Loved this comprehensive book.

I really enjoyed the chronological layout of the events and the multitude of descriptions about the minor players that affected the lives of the royals. I found this to be a solid telling and the author attempted to be open-minded about the motivations of the historical figures.

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  • Ilias de Rooij
  • 10-16-18

If You Don't Know Now You Know.

Still reading, but so far so good. I'm obsessed with the Tudors and thought I had read it all, but from this author's perspective I'm learning a few things I didn't know. I also like the alternating background info chapters.

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  • Tia Jackson
  • 10-16-18

15th and 16th century European history.

This is very engaging. I provides the detail in an orderly fashion so that I can remember it. Have been watching the PBS series "The Tudors A Captivating Guide to the History of England from Henry VII to Elizabeth I" at the same time and found the two together a great fit.

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  • Tisha H. Curtis
  • 10-16-18

Good audible, but need a video on it too.

You will find details on food, education, clothing, and other elements of the time period really made this book come alive for me. Well researched and documented, this is a must-read for anyone interested in the intrigue and deception surrounding the notorious Tudor dynasty.