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The Burning Time: Henry VIII, Bloody Mary, and the Protestant Martyrs of London by [Virginia Rounding]

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“Ms. Rounding vividly conveys how the blood of the martyred dead became the predicate for the religious liberty we now enjoy.” Wall Street Journal

“Rounding delves into the tumultuous Tudor era, ably recounting the hunt for heretics who failed to change their beliefs in accordance with the change of monarch. . . . Rounding complements her gift for storytelling with letters and official records to flesh out stories of specific victims . .. an excellent account of 16th-century religious persecution and martyrdom.”
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“Rounding explores the depth of the differences and the dangers of life under Henry VIII and his daughter, Queen Mary. . . . Throughout the book, the author examines the mindsets of the martyrs and the strength of their consciences, which kept them from deserting their belief. . . . An intriguing, astute look at this volatile period.” Kirkus

“[A]n in-depth look… Rounding comprehensively examines what brought about this dark period in history, while also making connections to the current religious climate and the possibility of learning from the past to end these conflicts… Recommended for history buffs interested in religious impacts on society, as well as those wishing to learn more about the Tudor dynasty” Library Journal

“This gruesomely entertaining book examines the Tudor zeal for burning people in the name of religion. . . . Burning is, Rounding suggests, a preferred way of dealing with those harbouring dangerous religious ideas because it both ‘purifies’ and leaves little or no trace.” The Times of London, “Book of the Week”

“[A] deeply researched and fascinating book.”The Spectator

“[A] serious, well-researched and well-written piece of work by a highly accomplished biographer.”―The Catholic Herald

“The prose is crisp and everything is perfectly entertaining."―The Tablet

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About the Author

VIRGINIA ROUNDING is a writer, critic and former RLF Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Author of biographies of Catherine the Great, Tsar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra, and of Grandes Horizontales, a study of French courtesans, she also contributes to a number of newspapers and magazines, such as the Daily Telegraph and the Financial Times. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B06Y5T42BD
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ St. Martin's Press (October 31, 2017)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 31, 2017
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 23625 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 495 pages
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Virginia Rounding is a writer, critic, and intermediate member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. Her most recent book, published in the USA and the UK this year, is "The Burning Time", an investigation of the circumstances, motivations and deaths of the men and women burnt at the stake - and of those who set fire to them - in London in the mid-16th century.

Her previous book was a fresh examination of the lives of the last Emperor and Empress of Russia: Alix and Nicky: The Passion of the Last Tsar and Tsarina. A reviewer commented in the Washington Times: ‘she has brought them to life in flesh and blood perhaps better than any previous writer on the subject. This is partly a result of her skill in rooting out and quoting commentary on them by those who knew them well and put their impressions down in letters and diaries. But she has a knack for building on these insights with her own, and so has produced a more rounded portrait than we have ever had before.’

Virginia’s has also written a biography of the Empress Catherine II (Catherine the Great: Love, Sex and Power, 2006, described in the Daily Telegraph as ‘a thumping great triumph of a book’), and she recently presented a programme for BBC Radio 3 about music and musicians at Catherine’s court. Catherine the Great was preceded by a study of French courtesans (Grandes Horizontales, 2003, in the Independent as ‘impeccably researched, a flirt of a book, enjoyable and sexy’).

Virginia is also the joint author, with Martin Dudley, of a series of books on church administration, and she reviews widely for a variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Daily Telegraph, FT Magazine, Independent, Daily Mail and Moscow Times. She currently lives in Birmingham but has been an elected councillor (known as a Common Councilman) for the Ward of Farringdon Within in the City of London, in which capacity she also chaired the Hampstead Heath Management Committee.

In addition to being a writer, Virginia has had a variety of jobs in order to keep body and soul together. She is currently Clerk to the Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants, a City of London Livery Company, and was for many years administrator of The Consort of Musicke, a vocal and instrument ensemble specialising in English and Italian music of the Renaissance. She has recently set up a writing consultancy, specialising in assisting post-graduate students with their writing of dissertations and theses, having enormously enjoyed her time doing this as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at The Courtauld Institute of Art from 2008 to 2011.

She was educated at Merchant Taylors’ School for Girls, Great Crosby, and at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London.

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