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The Tudors For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

David Loades , Mei Trow
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This entertaining guide covers the period from 1485 to 1603,exploring the life and times of everyday people (from famine andthe flu epidemic, to education, witchcraft and William Shakespeare)as well as the intrigues and scandals at court. Strap yourself inand get ready for a rollercoaster ride through the romantic andpolitical liaisons of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I - and that's notall! Information on surviving Tudor buildings, such as HamptonCourt, adds a contemporary twist for readers wanting to bringhistory to life by visiting these historic sites.

The Tudors For Dummies includes:

Part I:  The Early Tudors
Chapter 1:  Getting to Know the Tudors
Chapter 2:  Surveying the Mess the TudorsInherited     
Chapter 3:  Cosying Up With the First Tudor 

Part II:  Henry VIII
Chapter 4:  What was Henry like?
Chapter 5:  How Henry Ran his Kingdom
Chapter 6:  Divorced, Beheaded, Died; Divorced, Beheaded,Survived: The Perils of Marrying Henry
Chapter 7:  Establishing a New Church: Henry and Religion

Part III: Edward VI, Mary and Philip, and Queen Mary
Chapter 8: Edward, the Child King
Chapter 9: Establishing Protestantism
Chapter 10: Northumberland, Lady Jane Grey and the Rise ofMary
Chapter 11: What Mary Did
Chapter 12: Weighing Up War and Disillusionment

Part IV: The First Elizabeth
Chapter 13: The Queen and her Team
Chapter 14: Breaking Dinner Party Rules: Discussing Religion andPolitics
Chapter 15: Tackling Battles, Plots and Revolts
Chapter 16: Making War with Spain
Chapter 17: Understanding the Trouble in Ireland
Chapter 18: Passing on the Baton - Moving from Tudors toStewarts

Part V: The Part of Tens
Chapter 19: Ten top Tudor Dates
Chapter 20: Ten Things the Tudors Did For Us
Chapter 21: Ten (Mostly) Surviving Tudor Buildings



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From the Back Cover

Delve inside the Tudor world and discover the facts behind the fiction The British Isles have witnessed many great regal dynasties through the ages, but none more turbulent, exciting and controversial than the Tudors. This book looks through the history of a legendary era, exploring monarchs such as the infamous Henry VIII, the ruthless Mary I and the indomitable Elizabeth I. Packed with information on the battles, beheadings and royal family bust ups, The Tudors For Dummies is history at its best. Covering everything from the founding of the Church of England to the Spanish Armada, this book reveals why the Tudors were so pivotal in shaping modern Britain. Back to the start – find out about daily life in the sixteenth century and discover the roots of the Tudor dynasty Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived – take an in–depth look at Henry VIII′s ever–changing marital status and the reasons behind his break with the Roman Catholic church Chasing the limelight – unravel the chaotic successions of Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey and ′Bloody Mary′ The first Elizabeth – explore an era of religious and political transformation, taking in the Spanish Armada, her feud with Mary, Queen of Scots, and much more Open the book and find: What Henry VIII was really like How the Church of England was founded Why Lady Jane Grey was queen for only nine days Why Elizabeth I never married Robert Dudley The history behind the Tudor rose The origins of the Troubles in Ireland How the monarchy changed hands, from Tudors to Stuarts Where to find surviving Tudor buildings What the Tudors did for us Learn About: Tudor life and times and how they shaped the Britain of today Henry VIII and his unlucky wives The turbulent private and political life of Elizabeth I The bloody battles, rampant diseases and religious divides of the period

About the Author

Professor David Loades is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wales and has taught history at universities including St Andrews and Durham. He has written many books on the Tudor period and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Mei Trow is a history tutor, lecturer and author who has written numerous historical books on topics ranging from Jack the Ripper to Boudicca. His recent TV work includes Ancient Discoveries and Spartacus for The History Channel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2483 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (9 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ADS4BDG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tudors for dummies 11 Jan. 2014
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A good read and gives a clear overview of the period. Good for anyone with a passing interest in the Tudor period in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Tudors for Dummies 3 July 2012
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I discovered a lot more information about the Tudors that I wasn't taught at school.Easy enjoyable reading and would recommend "The Tudors for Dummies" as reading material for exam revision.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tudors for dummies 30 Jan. 2012
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Excellent book. Wanted to refresh my history memory and this book did just that. It was both informative and easy to read. As you would expect from the dummy series
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5.0 out of 5 stars A happy dummy helped again 26 Oct. 2013
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I always find this series useful whatever the subject Time limitations mean it's good to get experts with a love of the subject to summarise explain and entertain So much about the Tudors on TV and newly released books it gives you an all round perspective
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Tudor history simplified. 8 Feb. 2011
By Yoana Yotova - Published on Amazon.com
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"The Tudors are in fashion". This is how the Introduction of the book starts and this is one of the keys of what to expect from the book. I had never read a book from the series before - and the reason to get this one is that I am interested in the Tudors - so when a new book is published, I usually will at least look into it.

The book surprised me in a good way - yes, it is an oversimplified history of the Tudors but it is not as watered down as I expected. It has its issues of course - some more serious than other but it is done by people that know the Tudors and care enough to try to actually tell the actual story - as strange and different from what almost anyone think it is it might be.

The good things
- The book is fairly objective and the history is simplified but true
- The reign of Jane Grey is not just skipped (as some history books tend to do
- All the major events from the Tudors reign are mentioned and/or explained
- 3 of the 4 Top Ten lists (the "What the Tudors did for us", "Tudor Buildings" and "Major Tudor Events") are quite interesting and informative (and even of someone else could have selected different ones, these tens are pretty well chosen and balanced).
- The style is highly readable
- Knowing their usual audience, the authors chose to draw their attention to the portrayals of the events in movies (but where is the Helen Mirren one - almost any other is mentioned but that one is just skipped (and it is my favorite one from all them -- the first part at least)?) and how they differ in places from the real story (or how they show it exactly)
- The book is thoroughly internally referenced - so if you read just the chapter you are interested in, you have the reference where to go for the term/person/event you just encountered and which is not explained in that chapter.
- The book uses the modern scholarship on the controversial events and people (which comes as no surprise considering that one of the authors is Loades).

The bad things:
- The history is so simplified in some places that without prior knowledge you can interpret some of the things wrongly - not any of the major events but a few times I actually needed to think a bit on what they said as it sounded a bit strange
- The ordering in some parts of the book is just awful. For example the chapter for the wives of Henry VIII is all ordered properly but the sidebars that carry the stories of each of them are all over the place
- The "kitchen sink" was funny the first few times. After that it became almost tedious (everything but the kitchen sink or everything and the kitchen sink). If it was not used that often, it would have been quite a nice expression...
- Gossips - the book is dealing pretty well with most of the events... and then out of the blue a rumor just get presented as a historical fact (Katherine of Aragon's life after being cast off from Henry for example).
- At least one of the sidebars did not make it into the book (about Ireland in the 16th century) ... but it got referred to at least once. Adding to this a few very notable misspellings and mistypings and this book really needed an additional reading before being sent for publishing.
- The 4th of the Top ten list (Tudor People) - Cecily Bodenham? Elizabeth Throckmorton? I really fail to see how most of the list is selected... They are interesting, I agree but they cannot be referred to Top Ten Tudor People..

One of the things that was just mentioned in passing were the two sisters of Henry VIII - they were part of the Tudors politics and considering the style of the book, both stories would have fitted right in.

If you cannot read a history book that uses modern language and expressions, just skip that one. It is written to be attractive to people that do not really know a lot about history and that will not sit down and read John Guy's Tudor England for example. And in this it succeeds.

4 stars for the book - and I hope that the book will make at least some of its reader want to read something more about the Tudors
5.0 out of 5 stars Tudor Fun 4 Oct. 2011
By bmwells - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a must read for anyone interested in the Tudor dynasty. While having read many sources on the Tudor era, this book provided a great back drop to a lot of the local flavor of the British people during their reign. The Tudors are fascinating and the book was definitely worth regarding. There are, however, a few typos and one or two historical misfacts (i.e., that Mary and Elizabeth shared the same mother . . . This can be considered a great tool when reading other Tudor works.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Dummies! 14 Sept. 2011
By G. L. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
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I was pleasantly surprised at this book. As a History major and lifelong History lover, I never would have looked at the Dummy series for something like the Tudors. I have read things like Excel for Dummies, but History? This book is excellently written and packed full with great information. In true Dummies style it lays out complicated issues like genealogy and marriages so that you can grasp the relationship much more quickly. Overall a definite winner.
4.0 out of 5 stars Dummies club 27 Nov. 2013
By A - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes it's clearly the Dummies gimmick but I still found it very educational. I can't tell you how many times I'm reading various historical books of all kinds and I can't figure out what a certain words means. Whethe it's the dances they performed at court or what exactly court means this is a good dictionary that doesn't just lift defenitions but gives you context to really read about what they are.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting! 24 April 2013
By Christina Console - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was well researched, enlightening and engaging! I truly enjoyed this read and will look forward to referencing it in the future.
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