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The House of Tudor (Paperback, New edition): Alison Plowden

The House of Tudor (Paperback, New edition)

Alison Plowden

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After the Wars of the Roses came the House of Tudor - but the squabbling went on. Seldom has there been a more fractious ruling family in English history. The fact that theirs also became one of the most successful dynasties, creating the beginnings of an empire, makes the story even more remarkable. In a style that combines serious history and soap opera, Alison Plowden focuses on characters rather than events, showing how the fiery temperament of the Tudors got the family into many a scrape and how, against the odds, they generally came out smelling of red roses. Unlike most great royal houses, the Tudor dynasty began in a humble way. The family came from Welsh farming stock, and were nobodies until Henry's grandfather Owen managed to secretly marry Katherine de Valois, widow of Henry V. It was largely due to this Welsh ancestry, along with his impeccable Lancastrian connections, that Henry Tudor was able to rally enough support to seize the throne from Richard III. When Henry defeated Richard at Bosworth, and so became Henry VII, many English people had never heard of him. But Henry went on to found a dynasty that ruled England for just over a century. Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I all followed him to varying degrees of notoriety. First published in 1976, Plowden's book tells us much about the eccentric Tudor mindset that created greatness despite splitting father from son and sister from sister. The schism between Protestantism and Catholicism confused not only the nation (one day it was essential to be Protestant, next day Protestants were burned at the stake) but also meant much bloodletting among the Tudors. Heads rolled all over the place, and noble families were forced to switch allegiances depending on which of the Tudors looked most likely to outwit the others on any given day. A fascinating period of history ruled over by a series of brilliant but bizarre monarchs, and written about with flair. (Kirkus UK)
The House of Tudor changed the history of Britain forever. The Tudor monarchs have been immortalised in novels and films for generations. However, the true history of this incredible dynasty is often romanticised and fact is overlooked. Alison Plowden's accessible and beautifully written history traces the family's turbulent reign of power from Henry VII, the first Tudor monarch, who fathered the great Henry VIII. Henry VIII went onto revolutionise England's armed forces and implement controversial reforms in England. Yet, he is perhaps most remembered for his tumultuous love life and the fates of his six wives, including Anne of Boleyn, who sparked an international crisis. He fathered four known offspring, including Mary I and Gloriana - Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen, who reigned for 44 years in what is known as England's Golden Age. This book not only re-tells the familiar stories of these famous monarchs, revealing the truth behind the scandals; but it also recounts the history of the less well-known Tudor monarchs: Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey (the uncrowned Queen of England), and those who came directly before and after them - Edward IV and James I. If you read on history of the Tudors, make it this one - you are sure to be enthralled and surprised by how the facts are often more incredible than the fiction surrounding them.


Imprint: The History Press Ltd
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: June 2003
First published: April 2011
Authors: Alison Plowden
Dimensions: 200 x 130 x 25mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 312
Edition: New edition
ISBN-13: 978-0-7509-3240-0
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > Royalty
Books > Humanities > History > World history > 500 to 1500
Books > Humanities > History > World history > 1500 to 1750
Books > Humanities > History > British & Irish history > General
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Genealogy, heraldry, names and honours > General
Books > History > British & Irish history > General
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Genealogy, heraldry, names and honours > General
Books > History > World history > 1500 to 1750
Books > History > World history > 500 to 1500
Books > Biography > Royalty
LSN: 0-7509-3240-6
Barcode: 9780750932400

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