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The Tudor Queens of England,
This review is from: The Tudor Queens of England (Hardcover)
For me personally, at least, it is wonderful to have a book especially on this particular subject, since the English Tudor period is my favourite in history and its number of Queens far outweigh its number of Kings, thanks mainly to King Henry VIII., who of course supplied eight Tudor Queens in the form of six wives and two daughters. With the possible exception of Henry himself, the Tudor Queens also possessed far more interesting characters than their male counterparts.
I like the author's style (I have read his biography of Queen Mary I.), and it is good to have a chapter dedicated to Queen Jane (Lady Jane Grey), whose nine-day reign is often over-looked or ignored by other historians. The question of whether her reign (by right) should have happened or not is irrelevant when considering its inclusion in any historical documentation of the Tudor period. Whether right or wrong it DID happen, and therefore it is a grave error to entirely omit any detail or mention of it.
The subjects of this book are many, and therefore it is impossible to include in-depth details upon the lives of all of them. If this is required then individual biographies of each Queen, of which there are several, should be sought. Certain events here are naturally passed over briefly. In my opinion the main asset of the book is two-fold. It is firstly fascinating to compare the differences in the roles, duties and characters of Queen Consorts with Queen Regnants (which this book explores admirably), and secondly, as I said at the start of this review, it is so useful to have the lives of the subjects of this book all within one volume. For a lover of the Tudor period and the women who dominated it, this book is certainly a necessity.