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The Tudor Chronicles (Quercus Chronicles) [Hardcover]

Susan Doran
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16 Oct 2008 Quercus Chronicles

The Tudor period (1485 to 1603) marks in the minds of many the emergence of an English national identity. Defined by the totemic figure of the virgin queen - Elizabeth I - it witnessed the end of the dynastic uncertainties of the Wars of the Roses, the creation and triumph of the Anglican Church; the successful repulsion of foreign invaders and the beginnings of the adventure of empire; the blossoming of a sublimely gifted generation of musical composers, including Thomas Tallis and William Byrd; and the flowering of English poetry and drama, culminating in the glories of Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare. But it was also a period wracked by rebellion, invasion scares, sectarian strife, and - increasingly - by worries about dynastic succession. The Tudor Chronicles is a compelling, year-by-year chronology of this tumultuous and critical period in the development of the modern English nation. Each year is covered by a concise, informative and accessible narrative, amplified by extensive quotations from contemporary sources and accompanied by generously captioned and stunning images of the period - including portraits, maps, illuminations, royal seals, tapestries and other artefacts. Authoritative, informative and sumptuous, and compiled by a scholar who is steeped in knowledge of the period, The Tudor Chronicles brings a glorious era of English history dramatically and vividly to life. It is the perfect gift book for anyone with a love of, or fascination for, 16th-century English history.


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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (16 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184724422X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847244222
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 28.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Tudor period (1485-1603) marks in the minds of many the emergence of an English national identity. Defined by the iconic figure of the virgin queen - Elizabeth I - it witnessed the end of the dynastic uncertainties of the Wars of the Roses, the creation and triumph of the Protestant Church; the successful repulsion of a foreign invader and the beginnings of the adventure of empire; the blossoming of a sublimely gifted generation of musical composers, including Thomas Tallis and William Byrd; and the flowering of English poetry and drama, culminating in the glories of Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare. But it was also a period wracked by rebellion, invasion scares, sectarian strife, and - increasingly - by worries about dynastic succession. The Tudor Chronicles is a compelling, year-by-year chronology of this tumultuous and critical period in the development of the modern English nation. Each year is covered by a concise and accessible narrative, amplified by extensive quotations from contemporary sources and accompanied by generously captioned and stunning images of the period - including portraits, maps, illuminations, royal seals, tapestries and other artefacts. Authoritative, informative and sumptuous, and compiled by a scholar who is steeped in knowledge of the period, The Tudor Chronicles brings a glorious era of English history dramatically and vividly to life. It is the perfect gift book for anyone with a love of, or fascination for, 16th-century English history.

About the Author

Susan Doran is currently a tutor at Christ Church, Oxford University. Her primary interests relate to the reign of Elizabeth I, in particular the theme of marriage and succession. She has published and edited sixteen books, most notably Elizabeth I and Religion, 1558-1603, Marriage and Matrimony and Queen Elizabeth I, part of the British Library's Historic Lives series.


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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a splendid book... 1 Mar 2009
By Anna P.
Format:Hardcover
I recently received this book as a gift, and I must say it really is a brilliant book. If you are a fan of the Tudors, or British history in general, or even an art history fan, this book is for you. It presents the history of the entire Tudor era, from the first year of Henry VII's reign, right through to Elizabeth I's final days. Along with a written year by year account, and first-hand witness accounts of significant events, the informative text is accompanied by beautiful portraits from the era. The combination of the fascinating in-depth text and the wonderful portraits makes for a brilliant book you won't regret buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book of the Tudor reign 28 Dec 2008
Format:Hardcover
I was very pleased to recieve this book for Christmas. It is very large and has plenty of lovely pictures from all the different parts of the Tudor reign. It goes over each Monarch and tells their story. There is little to say really apart from if you are interested in knowing more about this period or want a very nice book to read or dip into that covers that whole period then you will enjoy this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 2 Jun 2009
By Ada
Format:Hardcover
A beautiful book for any history lover to own. The illustrations and images are gorgeous. The division of each Tudor chronologically is clear and easy to navigate with the narrative compelling. Both a coffee table book that keeps getting picked up and a very good history bible to own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Diverse, brilliant.. Perfect! 9 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover
I was fortunate to receive this book for Christmas and now treasure it extremely highly. I love it!

I am currently studying for a History A level and one of our main topics is Henry VIII. This book provoked my curiosity not only for that reason, but of course also down to a general interest in the rich Tudor period.

This book has everything you could want; Rich topical depth without being too heavy going, Large images of portraits of the monarchs (these are particularly good - it certainly increases your overall feel for the period when you're able to put a name to a face!), Illustrations, Chivalric images of various armor, extracts from Tudor poetry, even music, Two-page images of famous historical Tudor battles: everything!

If you're considering purchasing this book, then I would say as long as you possess a curiosity of the Tudors, a passion for the Tudors or a keen interest to learn about the Tudors, this book is for you.

It not only allows you to learn about the precise depth and detail of the Tudors, but also allows you to gain a real visual feel for the Tudors through the eye-catching imagery throughout the book. It's rich, inspiring and worth every penny. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 27 Nov 2010
By Viv
Format:Hardcover
My daughter and I are Tudor crazy, so when I was looking for a nice book for her for Christmas I googled 'The definitive Tudor book'. Well, this is the ULTIMATE Tudor book!!

It's huge and the pictures are out of this world. Very much a coffee table book, something you can dip in and out of.

The only down side is that I have to get one for myself now, oh and I couldn't wait until Christmas...I had to give it to her straight away!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fresh Approach 5 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
This book is beautifully printed, and is a joy just to see it on the table or the shelf. The detail of the paintings or illustrations would more difficult to see in a smaller book. The large scale of this book has fully revealed to me the detail in these old documents and paintings, as never before.

The events of the Tudor Period are arranged in year order. The narative text is were concise, and well written.

It's a wonderful book to own - I love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely illustrations 30 April 2011
By Potterywhizz VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I received this as a Christmas gift and was very well pleased with it. It distills Tudor history into a year by year account of concise readable bites, enabling you to dip into it as you will. It covers all main events and royal marriages and pulls you in further with interesting little nuggets of information that you may not have read anywhere else
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully illustrated book 9 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover
I have purchased the book as a present for a friend. He loved it! Good price, well written and beautiful pictures.. Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Bought as present for my daughter who is into the Tudors. She was really impressed with the book. Like this a lot.
Published 4 months ago by Doublentendre
5.0 out of 5 stars A Coffee Table Book You will Actually Read!
Almost perfect (but I'm not an expert on English history)! Comprehensive, but concise, year-by-year recounting, with a wealth of appropriate and beautiful illustrations, of the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert Thomas Macrery
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent buy
Brilliant book - nice paper - this is a great buy- would recommend it to anyone interested in this period of history
Published 14 months ago by Rena
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning book excellent
from start to finish one of the best for art work and history a trully brill purchase ,and iam a Yorkist
Published 15 months ago by dazzler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
5 stars for this book thoroughly deservers for complete service. It arrived very quickly and was well packed. Read more
Published 16 months ago by JC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Loved it!

This book goes through all of the Tudor Monarchs and is wonderfully illustrated with amazing portraits throughout the book. Read more
Published 18 months ago by O. Karakaya
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, entertaining and visually lovely.
I have just recently been given this book - and it's the first "factual" one to add to my collection of Tudor period novels. Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2012 by Bookfriend
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tudor Chronicles
This was bought as a gift for a friend with a passion for the Tudors. It is always a risk when buying for someone else without having seen the book 'in the flesh'. Read more
Published on 27 July 2012 by tango71
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully illustrated Tudor history
Susan Doran has produced a basic monarch-by-monarch, year-by-year chronicle of the Tudor age.

For someone like myself who is well-read in Tudor history, what is offered... Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2012 by K. J. Greenland
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