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4.0 out of 5 stars If only.....
Overall this is an excellent book; informative, interesting, well-written. True, the later dukes are skipped over somewhat compared to the 3rd and 4th dukes, but they of course are the really famous ones, so this is perhaps understandable.

It is refreshing to read a history of the 16th century from a non-regal or non-governmental perspective. Despite the...
Published on 7 Nov. 2012 by Christopher Ward

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If only....., 7 Nov. 2012
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Christopher Ward "Bretwalda" (Sheffield, UK) - See all my reviews
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Overall this is an excellent book; informative, interesting, well-written. True, the later dukes are skipped over somewhat compared to the 3rd and 4th dukes, but they of course are the really famous ones, so this is perhaps understandable.

It is refreshing to read a history of the 16th century from a non-regal or non-governmental perspective. Despite the evident arrogance of the Tudor nobility their helplessness in the face of a tyrant like Henry VIII is apparent. What an unpleasant character Henry was. It has always eluded me why he is so lauded for his personal achievements....but that's another story.

This book is highly recommended for an excellent review of one of the great noble houses at its inception into the higher reaches of the English nobility.

If only.....the introductory chapter on the 1st duke, and in particular his involvement at Bosworth, were not so fanciful. The author has clearly either unearthed some sources that have passed other historians by, or he has made it up. Quite how he can know the exact nature of the combat Norfolk and Oxford engaged in, that they even fought each other, that a visor was knocked off and so on is not made clear. Read it and make up your own mind.

The book gets much better so ignore the fantasy chapter, persevere and enjoy a cracking good book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disfunctional Dynasty, 22 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: House of Treason: The Rise and Fall of a Tudor Dynasty (Paperback)
Having read the authors' books on Thomas Cromwell and the end of the reign of Henry V111, and recently visited Framlingham in Suffolk( it will become obvious why this is involved in their story as you proceed) thought I'd try this. Knowing a bit about the Third Duke of Norfolk during the latter's reign wondered what the rest of the Tudor Howards were like. A combination of arrogance,bravado and stupidity is shown from Bosworth Field- they picked the loser- to post Elizabeathan England . This is fascinating , very readable, well researched book. If you keep making reference to the family tree at the back of the book you'll keep track of this family. Would highly recommended even if you only know a bit about Tudor history. Absolutely brilliant !
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Howards in all their glory, 10 Sept. 2011
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I've long wanted to find a book about the Howard Dukes of Norfolk - who played such an important role in England's history, particularly during the time of the Tudors. Such distinct and strong personalities, driven by their own personal demons and ambitions. Fascinating men from a fascinating and terrible time. So I was quite delighted to find this book. As noted in the beginning of this book: "Two Dukes of Norfolk were condemned as traitors ... Another was beheaded. An heir to the dukedom was executed ... and one more died ... in prison - and is now a saint ... Two nieces who married Henry VIII were beheaded." Phew! No wonder the Tudors kept a very close eye on this `overmighty' family. The first Duke of Norfolk fought at Bosworth; unfortunately on the `wrong' side. How they then found favour with the Tudors (albeit tenuously for much of the Tudors reigns) is a study worth undertaking in itself.

The stories of families such as the Howards, the Pastons, the Percys, the Staffords, the Nevilles, the Dudleys and so on make for most fascinating reading (yes, I've used that word again, but I can't think of a better one). The clawing up towards power, the slips and falls on the way, the terrible price some were prepared to pay for power, glory and money - the rise and fall of dynasties other than royalty are well worth discovering and well worth reading. The Howards is no exception to this rule - in fact they probably stand out as one of the most ruthless and ambitious families of all.

I feel compelled to point out the error on page 104 where Thomas Cromwell is referred to as "Vice-Regent of the king in matters spiritual". In fact Cromwell was the Vicegerent, not the Vice-Regent - quite a different thing, especially in the context of the suppression of the monasteries. The error is repeated on page 130.

This book, while nearly 400 pages long, has over 100 pages at the end of that which is appendices, chronology, dramatis personae, notes, bibliography and index. So you can't deny there's loads of information crammed into the book. And it is written in a very readable manner. Very highly recommended indeed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Study of the Norfolk Clan, 6 Sept. 2013
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This book is a real find and well up to the high standard of Hutchinson's other works on Cromwell and Henry V111. What makes it such a rewarding read is the sense of continuity and the overview of the Howards as a power nexus. There are studies of the leading family members as individuals, but this places them in context so that their real significance can be evaluated. What a lot!
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars House of Treason, 7 Nov. 2011
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Mrs. M. Cheatham "dinki" (Solihull UK) - See all my reviews
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A very well researched book and the Dukes of Norfolk under the Tudors. Easy to read and good subject matter. I have been looking for a book about this subject for some time and was rewarded by finding this gem. House of Treason: The Rise and Fall of a Tudor Dynasty
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOUSE OF TREASON, 1 Nov. 2012
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Excellent book.Eyewatering intrigue..were they cleverer in those days..a form of natural selection, in that if you were less than brilliant you lost your head!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 14 Sept. 2014
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Not a bad read at all
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