on 28 July 2012
I bought this book to read alongside my studies for A level History. It was an excellent companion that left nothing significant out, covering all aspects of each monarch's reign. It goes from Henry VII to Elizabeth I, the start and end of the Tudor dynasty. The quality of the book is fantastic - it is strong and the pages are thick, but this is not to make it appear fuller than it really is. The illustrations are plentiful and vibrant, bringing the figures to life. An excellent, easy-to-read introduction that isn't cluttered with footnotes or illegible without a dictionary.
For anybody interested in the Tudors, Rex is a great way to start!
on 30 August 2005
This is a very accessible book for all levels of history enthusiast. There is one chapter to each of the five Tudor monarchs, with sub-chapters on specific issues of interest during their reign.
The author states that he's writing more from the basis of showing the political state of England through the Tudor dynasty rather than focusing on personal aspects. Don't let the "political" theme put you off though, it is far from boring and in many ways all the main topics that occured in the monarch's reigns do involve their thoughts and feelings and reasons for actions. I would certainly term this as the best "Overview" of the Tudors I've read.
There are black and white photos throughout the book, with a section of colour photos in the middle which mainly look at the heraldry of each monarch. There are some great photos of paintings, engravings and documents of the time, of which are clear enough to read and one of particular interest is a letter by Lady Jane Grey, signed "Jane the Quene"(her spelling not mine!).
This is not a dull trawl through the usual known facts of the Tudor period; there are often new bits and pieces of information that I hadn't read before and other things written from a different perspective. An excellent book to own for all those with a passion for the Tudors!
on 9 July 2013
I bought this book second hand, and it really did look brand new when I got it. I bough it purely for my own reading pleasure but would recommend this for anyone who has an interest in this period of history as it is well written, the illustrations are gorgeous and it is very clear when certain things are undecided or could be interpreted in several ways. Richard Rex has done a sterling job at introducing a very dynamic part of our history in a way that is accessible without being condescending. I think this is a perfect book for anyone who wants more than just what we are taught at school of this period in history.