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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing (14 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184868049X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848680494
  • Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 18.1 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 794,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Up-to-date, readable and reliable. The best introduction to England's most important dynasty' --David Starkey

'A lively overview... Rex is a wry commentator on the game on monarchy' --The Guardian

'Vivid, entertaining and carrying its learning lightly, Richard Rex's The Tudors is, quite simply the best short introduction to the most formative century in English history' --Eamon Duffy, Author of The Stripping of the Altars

About the Author

Richard Rex is Director of Studies in History at Queens' College, Cambridge. He has written and researched extensively on Tudor England and his other books include Elizabeth I: Fortune's Bastard?, Henry VIII & the English Reformation and The Lollards. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and five sons.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Greenland on 20 May 2011
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You may ask how can the Tudors be covered in just over 200 pages? Richard Rex has written what should be the definitive introduction to England's best known dynasty. Rex is lively, opinionated yet scholarly in a very fresh and light way, dedicating a chapter to each monarch and sub-dividing each chapter into the reign's key events and themes.

I have read many books on Tudor history so was a little wary to read a book covering the whole period in just a small number of pages. Despite it offering little new information Rex's flowery opinions of each monarch leap out while at the same time encapsulating the reign.

"The first dozen years of his (Henry VII) reign were spent scheming and fighting against pretenders whose claims were only slightly more ridiculous than his own."
"Henry (VIII) may have been at times obnoxiously self-righteous, spotting splinters in other people's eyes despite the heaps of timber blocking his own lights, but nobody could say he was not sincere."
"All the notes (of Edward VI's journals regarding Mary Tudor's Catholicism) smack of that combination of dogmatic self-righteousness with ignorance of human values... which is the particular prerogative of the adolescent"
"In the end, Mary failed. She did not save England for Roman Catholicism. But she did not fail completely. She did save Roman Catholicism in England."

If you haven't read a book on Tudor history, read this first. If you have already, I'll wager you'll thoroughly enjoy it as a quick yet entertaining read.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. RM KLEPPMANN on 15 Jun. 2010
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I was sceptical when I picked up the book - I didn't imagine that Rex could cover all the Tudors in an intelligent, comprehensive manner in 209 pages, and that including lots of pictures. I was proved wrong.

Inevitably, Rex doesn't go into all the details of people and politics relevant to each reign, but that would probably be too much for most readers anyway. He tells a coherent story and manages to include the bits that many other historians seem to leave out:
E.g.

Of Henry VIII: `Henry called upon Convocation to abandon its traditional claim to legislative autonomy ..... This in effect overthrew the `liberty of the church' guaranteed by the first article of the Magna Carta.'
Of Edward VI: `His reign is the history of what was done in his name:...'
Of Elizabeth I: `She was in religion as in so much else, decisively ambiguous.'

He adds the occasional modern touch, which I like:
`Queen (Elizabeth) and council had stared each other out, and the queen had blinked first.'

- shows us the Reformation from a different angle:
`And with the royal coat of arms prominently displayed in those churches, where paintings of the crucifixion or the Last Judgement had once had their place, the sacred status of the Crown was umistakably proclaimed to everyone.'

- points out how values and priorities change over time:
`Providing for relatives, if one was able to do so, was on the contrary considered a moral obligation at that time.'

Excellent book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. P. Campbell on 27 Feb. 2012
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Bought for my wife at her request, excellent condition, she was happy, reasonable price, I don't know any more than that.
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