March 1, 2011
March 1, 2011
For the first time in decades, here, in a single volume, is a fresh look at the fabled Tudor dynasty, comprising some of the most enigmatic figures ever to rule a country. Acclaimed historian G. J. Meyer reveals the flesh-and-bone reality in all its wild excess.
In 1485, young Henry Tudor, whose claim to the throne was so weak as to be almost laughable, crossed the English Channel from France at the head of a ragtag little army and took the crown from the family that had ruled England for almost four hundred years. Half a century later his son, Henry VIII, desperate to rid himself of his first wife in order to marry a second, launched a reign of terror aimed at taking powers no previous monarch had even dreamed of possessing. In the process he plunged his kingdom into generations of division and disorder, creating a legacy of blood and betrayal that would blight the lives of his children and the destiny of his country.
The boy king Edward VI, a fervent believer in reforming the English church, died before bringing to fruition his dream of a second English Reformation. Mary I, the disgraced daughter of Catherine of Aragon, tried and failed to reestablish the Catholic Church and produce an heir. And finally came Elizabeth I, who devoted her life to creating an image of herself as Gloriana the Virgin Queen but, behind that mask, sacrificed all chance of personal happiness in order to survive.
The Tudors weaves together all the sinners and saints, the tragedies and triumphs, the high dreams and dark crimes, that reveal the Tudor era to be, in its enthralling, notorious truth, as momentous and as fascinating as the fictions audiences have come to love.
From the Hardcover edition.
England's Tudor Era (1485-1603) was a tumultuous period of religious and political upheaval whose repercussions are still with us today--and it was, of course, crammed with colorful characters. From the bold, opportunistic Henry VII, through the infamous Henry VIII, to Bloody Mary and her cousin Elizabeth I the Virgin Queen with whom the era comes to an end, G. J. Meyer--an acclaimed American historian--brings the Tudor dynasty to life as few writers have done. He looks behind the myths to see a family of greedy, tyrannical, and ruthless egotists obsessed with their own reputations. In this one-volume history, Meyer manages to give us not only their stories but a fresh and fascinating look at the times in which they lived.
- Genre: History
- Subgenre: Europe / Great Britain
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: G. J. Meyer
- Online Item #: 13338080
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-3544
- ISBN: 9780385340779
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported