The Tudor period is regarded by many as England’s golden age, and still casts a spell over the public imagination. Whether it’s the glittering rule of Elizabeth, the ruthless power of her father Henry VIII, or the bloody and radical reign of Mary, the Tudors remain the most fascinating English dynasty. Richard Rex looks at how the public and private lives of the Tudors were inextricably linked, and how each Tudor monarch exuded charisma and danger in equal measure.
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Richard Rex is Director of Studies in History at Queens' College, Cambridge. He has written and researched extensively on Tudor England and his other books include Elizabeth I: Fortune's Bastard (also published by Tempus), Henry VIII & the English Reformation and The Lollards. He lives in Cambridge.From Booklist:
The Tudors' claim as the most popular subject in English history is stronger than their initially flimsy claim to the English crown, established by conquest when Henry Tudor defeated Richard III in 1485. Rex duly captures the anxieties experienced by all Tudor monarchs as they sought to invest their rule with legitimacy, which lends a dynamic aspect to this analytical narrative of the dynasty. Directing himself squarely to the recreational reader of history, Rex provides the monarchs' perspectives on affairs of the realm, which saw each Tudor confronting rebellions, religious schisms, and successions. Naturally, Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I, perennially producing histories such as David Starkey's Six Wives (2003), are the most significant in Rex's estimation. However, he hardly dismisses the intervening reigns of Edward VI and "Bloody" Mary I as mere footnotes in England's revolutionary transformation from a Catholic to a Protestant country. A British academic, Rex comments perceptively on both personality (particularly on Mary's and Elizabeth's positions as women in power) and policy. A high- quality introduction to the Tudor era. Gilbert Taylor
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