- Paperback: 624 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (March 8, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192852132
- ISBN-13: 978-0192852137
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.6 x 5.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #666,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'John Guy provides a compelling account of political and religious developments.' Good Book Guide
'This is a huge book. It is a consistently interesting one. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and would expect others to enjoy it also. The sheer range of coverage, based on the author's own work and his extensive knowledge of the writings of others, is deeply impressive. That, and much else besides, makes this quite excellent book a "must."' Jenny Wormald, Glasgow Herald
`John Guy is easily the most stimulating and vital Tudor historian writing today... a work of formidable erudition... it provides an invaluable and up-to-date guide to the historiography of the period.' Canadian Journal of History
'Judiciousness and equity are Guy's hallmarks. His sympathetic account of Wolsey is agile and humane, while the Machiavellian Thomas Cromwell emerges as a man of passionate evangelical faith ... painstaking book' Paul Hartle, Country Life
'closely argued, heavily weighted with detail and supplied with 54 pages of references ... The author's enthusiasm is engaging and his breadth of knowledge impressive.' Rosalind K. Marshall, The Scotsman
'Guy handles the traditional themes of power and religion with authority and conviction. John Guy's book, lucid, scholarly, remarkably accomplished, provides an excellent overview.' Jonathan Clark, Sunday Times
'the first comprehensive history of Tudor England for 30 years Patrick Collinson, Observer
'Guy's treatment of administration under Thomas Cromwell is a model of historical analysis and historiographical tact ... astonishingly up-to-date ... no historian can be expert and original on everything - and John Guy is expert and original on more than most of us' Christopher Haigh, Christ Church, Oxford. TES
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Tudor England is a compelling account of political and religious developments from the advent of the Tudors in the 1460's to the death of Elizabeth I in 1605.
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Also unique is how he presents the very outsized personalities of Tudor Monarchs: Henry VIII and his two daughters alone can hardly be contained in a few chapters. As a result, there is very little personality of the individual and more observation of how each used kingship to achieve their various goals and agendas. It's an understandable approach achieving the authors ambition of an overview of the period contained in a single volume. It's also very analytical and feels rather like a text book.
Unsurprisingly, two thirds of the book focus upon Henry VIII and Elizabeth. Their outsized personalities' impact upon policy and the longevity of their reigns necessitate this focus. And there is much that is admirable, if not scintillating about Guy's discussion. In some way the compartmentalizing of information works against the author: chapters on social policy, religion, attitudes regarding "the state" become segments that don't always fit together. A much slimmer work titled "A Tudor Tragedy" manages to connect dots far better than Tudor England.
The sheer scope of the author's ambition does deserve commendation. It's no small task and he acquits himself in an admirable, if not always an engaging manner.
For the person teaching about Henry VIII and/or Tudor England, or the would-be author (as I was - still struggling with it), this book is a must. I can't imagine writing a book about these people or teaching this era without studying this book. So many things most people don't know, things both fascinating and absolutely necessary to know.