Passion, Manipulation, Murder : the Story of England's Most Notorious Royal Family

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Traces the rise and rule of the Tudor dynasty against a backdrop of brutal political instability while revealing the lesser-known personalities and agendas of key contributors, chronicling the struggles of Henry VII and his heirs to secure a line of succession.
Publisher: New York :, PublicAffairs,, 2013
Perseus Books Group 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781610393638
Branch Call Number: 942.05 T811d 2013
Characteristics: 539 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm


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Aug 25, 2015

I really, really enjoyed this book. It is extremely well-researched and very well written. I especially enjoyed learning more about some of the "minor" characters in the Tudor story-Henry VIII's sisters, for example. There are a couple of minor errors the editor should have caught-Wolsey is identified as someone's "godmother"(I'm sure it should have read "godfather"), and there is a reference to Henry VI as being the uncle of Henry VII. I don't see that-maybe Henry VI was his step-uncle (through Owen Tudor's 2nd marriage to Catherine of Valois marriage), but I don't see the direct relationship for Henry VI and Henry VII. The book is very current and the author makes use of research and discoveries made within the last few years, including the discovery of the body of Richard III. The print is small, but it is well-written and reads pretty easily. There is an epilogue and 4 short appendices which focus on some very specific things. There are also many pages of notes and many of these are actually very interesting! I am looking forward to reading other books by this author.


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