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- Print Length: 641 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Press (February 20, 2010)
- Publication Date: February 23, 2010
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0036S4DY2
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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I think it's a mistake to expect much more from a book the author clearly meant for a general audience. He sticks to the big themes and neceassarily leaves out stuff that really isn't important unless you are a serious student of history. For example, I don't care about the details of Henry VII's various victories while he consolidated power. The important plotline is that he got lucky, became king almost by accident, and turned out to be a great man. Twenty-five pages was enough to get a feel for the events of the day and set up the rest of the story.
I can understand why some readers found the digression chapters a little off-putting. They broke up the story line and were, as you might expect, not always directly relevant to the story. I enjoyed them. They were like nice little breaks where Meyer got to inject more of his personal opinion about something in the general historical period. I read the book in sections and found the digressions amusing.Read more ›
The age of the Tudors begins when the short but bloody reign of Richard III meets its end on the battlefield. Henry Tudor, a man with a questionable claim (as if any claim could be legitimate) becomes Henry VII. His time on the throne is dedicated to amassing gold, and he turns out to be pretty good at it. When the crown passes to his son, England is forced down a path of change that lasted for centuries.
Henry VIII was obsessed with his own succession. When he became convinced that his wife could give him no male heirs, he began a battle with the Catholic church to have the marriage annulled. This escalated until he broke completely with the church, founding his own religion and asserted his claim of supreme rulership. He created legalisms which allowed him to pillage the churches, kill his enemies, and steal their lands. He extracted money from a population already teetering on the edge of abject poverty. He lavishly rewarded his friends and embarked on foolish military adventures. It would take the nation many generations to recover from the debt, and animosities born then have lingered to the present day.
While most historical accounts elide the time between Henry and Elizabeth, there was significant turmoil in those dozen years.Read more ›
One thing that he writes about in one of his "Background" sections is the English alphabet in the 16th century. Evidently, it had only 24 letters and one of them, the letter, "y", was actually pronounced as a "th" sound. SO, we have "ye olde tea shoppe" which should be pronounced "the" olde tea shop. Interesting fact, I think.
If a writer of history is going to pursue a dynasty, he's best concentrating on one or two particular issues to link the generations. I'd say Meyer uses "religion" as his major theme here. And maybe the various personalities - spouses and advisers - who served each of the five Tudors, as his minor theme.Read more ›
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A lot of brutal facts about the Tudors. Probably true. The author really doesn't like any of them. If anyone ever did anything good they are not getting credit for it here.Published 3 days ago by Bekay
This was an excellent and very readable book despite its huge time frame. It gave real insight into this dynasty -- what seemed to drive them -- and through a clear lens without... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Rebecca E. Lutz
It was informative and unique recounting of a violent time in English history.Published 29 days ago by Dawn
I was apprehensive about starting a book this long, but it was a well written version of a fascinating story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ForestGrump
G.J. is both a thorough and very well researched author. One of my favorite historical authors!!Published 2 months ago by AmazonAddict
This book is the author's attempt to present the famous Tudor dynasty shown of myth and legend. Accordingly he provides a fresh look at these mostly famous English rulers. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael Lapelosa
I never give reviews and rarely am unable to finish a book, but I read more than 2/3 of this book and put it down. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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