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Tudor: The Family Story [Hardcover]

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)

"Vivid... Part of the interest of this book lies in the portraits of strong women" (Charles Moore Daily Telegraph)

"Tudor is a gripping account of a family riven by passionate jealousies, murderous ambitions and crippling tragedies. Leanda de Lisle is a master storyteller, and this is her greatest work yet. Immersive and exhaustively researched, Tudor is a triumph." (Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire)

"While many Tudor fans have been crying out for an accessible narrative history of the entire period, few historians have felt able to rise to the challenge... [de Lisle] manages to achieve that very feat... should now be the go-to book" (Chris Skidmore History Today (Books of the Year 2013))

"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)

"Her compellingly written book not only illuminates obscure family members... but also provides fresh perspectives on some of the most familiar figures in our history... a work that elegantly combines wide-ranging research with fluent narrative" (Nick Rennison Sunday Times (Culture))

"De Lisle's masterful command of the facts - great and small - provides a complete and entertaining overview" (Giles Tremlett Observer)

"A vibrant reappraisal of this turbulent family saga" (Anne Somerset Spectator)

"Full of subtle revelations and fascinating detail... fine storytelling and thought-provoking analysis" (Linda Porter Literary Review)

"It is.greatly to the credit of Leanda de Lisle that her new book on the Tudors as a family is so admirably balanced and accomplished, and full of subtle revelations and fascinating detail. The familiar faces are all here but their story is told with new insights. Fine storytelling and thought-provoking analysis" (Linda Porter Literary Review)

"[An] illuminating portrait of our most famous royal family" (Sunday Times)

"Highly readable but no less scholarly" (Lesley McDowell Independent on Sunday)

Book Description

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

About the Author

Leanda de Lisle is the highly acclaimed author of The Sisters Who Would be Queen: The Tragedy of Mary, Katherine and Lady Jane Grey and After Elizabeth: The Death of Elizabeth and the Coming of King James and, most recently, Tudor: The family story. She has been a columnist on the Spectator, Country Life, the Guardian and the Express and writes for the Daily Mail, the New Statesman and the Sunday Telegraph. She lives in Leicestershire.
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