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Tudor: The Family Story

Tudor: The Family Story [Kindle Edition]

Leanda de Lisle
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"A wonderfully fluent portrait of five generations... de Lisle brings an entirely fresh feel to the Tudor story, reminding us of the one thing the monarchs themselves wanted us to forget: the sheer improbability of their royal rule" -- Dan Jones, author of The Plantagenets The Times (Saturday Review) "Violent, heady, glamorous stuff, this is popular history of a very superior sort" -- Lucy Worsley Country Life "In de Lisle's hands, this is a deeply human tale, a family tree come to vivid life, rather than a narrative of politics and power structures (Book of the Week)" -- Helen Castor Sunday Telegraph "One of the most interesting of today's historians, with her easy scholarship, fresh interpretation and presentation, Leanda De Lisle succeeds in casting a revealing light on what one had thought familiar. The pace never flags. Time and again she says something new in one of the most exciting and enjoyable books I have read for a long time." -- Desmond Seward History Today "For those wanting a more grown-up experience of the Tudor past, there are few better places to start the Leanda de Lisle's new study. Many have told this story before. What makes de Lisle's account so fresh is her decision to start her "family story" not in 1485. but three generations earlier. Rarely has [this] story been told as well as here" -- John Adamson Mail on Sunday

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Some of their past the Tudors wanted to remember, other parts they preferred to forget: a new history, a new story, the family behind the myths

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1095 KB
  • Print Length: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (29 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CQ1DA3A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,297 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I took a Master's degree in Modern History at Oxford University. Modern history begins in the seventh century at Oxford, so not as modern as some people might suppose! I then became a columnist for a number of high profile magazines and newspapers - the Spectator; Country Life; the Guardian amongst others. Some were funny columns, some serious. I soon returned to history, and I have spent the last ten years focussing on the Tudor and early Stuart period. I take time over my books - time to research and time to make that research as readable as possible. I hope I improve with each book. I live in a rural area with my husband of over twenty-five years and I have three sons - all of whom read history at university, although the youngest one read ancient history. We also have a huge brown labrador called Fitz. His full name is Fitz Pepsi - his father was called Pepsi and is still much missed. We don't own a cat, but we have a regular tortoiseshell visitor who stares at my husband in the garden as if he owns the place.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Familiar Story Well Told 16 Nov 2013
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Whilst much of the story of the Tudors was well known to me this book provides some fascinating insight and context to the period. would definitely recommend it to others.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History that is enthralling 27 Oct 2013
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Very well written historyof the Tudors....based on evidence, story flows along like a historical drama. Strongly recommended for history lovers.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Tudor book of this year 29 Sep 2013
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Brilliant, really brilliant. I've read everything and anything on the Tudors and this is the best this year. Loved it, well written and well researched. A must buy for any Tudor fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really excellent read 3 Jan 2014
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The best of the many books I have read about this period. The author gives a lot of fascinating detail about the political situation and possible motivations of those involved. Written in a very accessible way, but obviously extremely well researched.
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5.0 out of 5 stars REVIEW - Tudor 27 Sep 2013
By Rachel
5 out of 5 for this reader folks!

WOW .. JUST WOW! I have to admit/proclaim right here and now that am completely fascinated with the Tudor Dynasty. Actually my fascination seems to spreading deeper and deeper into history. When I saw this book available for review I knew I immediately wanted to read it.

Tudor: The Family Story by Leandra de Lisle is a well written history book that spans just before the War of the Roses and ends with the death of the Tudor Dynasty (Elizabeth I to James I). There are complete illustrated charts to follow the family history (let's face it, it can all get very confusing with the repeat of royal names like Henry, Edward, Margaret, Elizabeth, Anne ... etc). Whenever a reference was to be made it was easily outlined with numbers/letters leading the reader to further investigate the source if they choose to.

Leanda de Lise goes about writing this book by approaching it like a huge fairytale (at least this is how I followed it as I do with most of the history I read), but never once leaving me to think it was unbelievable. While she states facts, she provides a vivid picture of dress, deportment, relationships, characters, politics and history that make it easy to follow. Never once was I ever confused reading this book and if you are familiar with medieval history, where the families married cousins and such,and many were addressed by titles that are used over an over again, it can be very confusing indeed.

I am not a historian, but an average woman who loves to read about the past of this world. I am not qualified to dissect this book and express what is right or wrong, pick at the details one by one, scorn, critique and/or debate truth.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book 15 Jan 2014
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This book demonstrates that you don't have to write a trashy historical romance to make history interesting. I thought I knew a good deal about the Tudors, but how wrong I was. DeLisle makes each character vibrantly alive. For the first time, it was easy to grasp the complex family tree. I am reading it slowly (together with the notes) because I don't want it to end. Thank you so much for writing it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
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This is a fascinating and informative book which is very easy to read.
However, it was impossible to read the family trees which are vital to the understanding of the various relationships, and I resorted to looking on the internet. It is a problem I find with Kindle and I have found problems with other books where there are maps etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tudor: The family story
I found it very useful and it actually put it all into context and made the Tudor period very understandable
Published 1 month ago by Glenda Liess
5.0 out of 5 stars A reet good read.
A good read, handy to have the family tree at the beginning of the physical book as it can be hard to follow who was who and when, but the size of the book proved cumbersome so I'm... Read more
Published 1 month ago by P T CHEATLE
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I have thoroughly enjoyed this remarkable book. I have become, as many others, fascinated by the Tudors. History is a much more compulsive read than fiction. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Carole Leret
4.0 out of 5 stars the terrible Tudors
A good book highly researched by the author particularly on the rise of Henry the seventh and his highly treacherous mother.
Published 5 months ago by D. A. Varley
4.0 out of 5 stars Present for mother in law
Good book for the money arrived in great condition bought it for my mother in law who loves history and loves reading so I'm sure she will be happy as it was on her wish list as... Read more
Published 6 months ago by jackie jeffrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Tudor: the Family Story
I loved this book because it brought the Tudor times to life in describing colours and costumes as well as being easy to read. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Marian Woodman
5.0 out of 5 stars Tudor:The Family Story
Another Great Book by Leanda de Lisle.My Wife loves the Tudor Period and this book ticks all her boxes.Clever Me
Published 7 months ago by R. Whiting
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliantly written book.
A pacey, meaty read. DeLisle moves seamlessly through the generations, sparing no detail, pulling together all the threads of the Tudor line. An incredible story, brilliantly told.
Published 7 months ago by gm
5.0 out of 5 stars For my Mum
My Mum chose this for a gift for her - she loves it - great book if you want to read about the Tudors!
Published 7 months ago by Carrie Alexander
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