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England under the Tudors Kindle Edition
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What is lacking is any real insight into the personalities of the Tudor monarchs and statesmen, or indeed any sense of what they were like as people. Nor is there any real feeling of what life was like for ordinary folk, so if what you are looking for is social history, forget it!
The language too is extremely dated (I believe the book was published in 1905), not to say convoluted. How many of us today use words like "nugatory". "coterminous" or "asseverate" ? And the sentence structure could have been set as tests in the good old days when English exams required the ability to do general analysis. (If you are under the age of fifty, this will be Greek to you!)
To sum up, brilliant as a reference work for students of this period, but a bit too dry and academic for the general reader.
Heavy going and the wide variety of additional notes to the text are a real distraction but; the book is packed with complex facts, sub histories and character detailing. Offers a wealth of historical fact for those willing to overlook the dated language and format.
I would suggest you have a Tudor family tree to hand as the constant reference to names and titles can be hard to follow, and remember, a pen and paper will certainly help.
Historical research, especially the Tudor era, has moved forward a great deal since this book was compiled. I would recommend you cross reference anything you find here if you need to be 100% accurate.
Not an easy book to work through but a nice addition to any Tudor collection and a free download!.
In conclusion, If you are a student or enthusiast ready with a notepad and are prepared to concentrate hard you can copy down the facts that you will need and can then "flesh them out" by reading more personal volumes on the period. If you are reading for entertainment I recommend you look elsewhere. Extremely annoying, the punctuation of the kings always ends with a full stop so Henry VII. and you naturally pause because you have come to a full stop only to find that it is a convention not followed today.
As others have pointed out, this book was published over 100 years ago; the language and style is very dated. More irritatingly, it includes many footnotes and sidenotes. These appear in-line in the text, delimited by square brackets - they mess up the flow and are VERY irritating.
Added to this, for someone who isn't fairly familiar with the period, the frequent (albeit entirely necessary) reference to names and titles is confusing. As an aide-mémoire, I found a family tree for the Tudors online and printed it out. I also made on paper, a list of names, titles and significance as I went along. These two things have helped me enormously.
Since the book cost me nothing, it was extremely good value for money. However, I suspect that many would, like me, find this book hard going.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was well written and certainly went into detail regarding many aspects of the Tudor dynasty. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jojo
I have not had chance to examine this fully - what I have seen looks extremely goodPublished 5 months ago by VANT One Name Study
Factual without being boring . A fast pace and moved fluidly from one subject to the nextPublished 9 months ago by E McIntyre