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This book is crammed full of detail but told in such a way that it felt like a story playing out rather than just fact and fact.
We’ve all heard of Henry VIII I would hope but this is my first encounter Charles Brandon a very close friend of the King and I it enlightening to learn more about this period than was covered while I studied it at school many years ago.
Although Charles was not the nicest to woman I felt he must have been a very powerful and likeable man as he managed time and time again to keep on the good side of a king we all very much know wasn’t afraid to get rid of anyone in his way. We see Charles rise up through the ranks which seems to have caused quite a stir at the time, especially when he marries the King's sister.
I’m not going to lie.. I’m not an English expert so I did find it hard to follow some of the text written in Older English but it didn’t take anything away from the tale.. it left me curious if anything so had me looking up little things here and there.
The only thing I would have liked elaborated on a bit further was the value of money at the time. We are told how much certain people were paid but since I’ve no knowledge of the currency system back then I’ve no idea the significance if any… that was the only note I scribbled down while reading.
If I had to pick a word to best describe this book it would have to be fascinating.. There’s so much history out there that isn’t taught at school.. you need to go out and look for it.. and when you do you find there’s some really interesting characters out there.
Anyone with an interest in the Tudors will enjoy this book and I’d highly recommend anyone like myself who has stuck to fiction to give this a go. It really was and enjoyable and engrossing read.
This is a family saga, love and death. It’s something you can really get your teeth into if you enjoy your history
Well worth reading
Life was full of jousting and they had every excuse for a joust. Didn't they do anything else in those days - did the country run itself and who was left after all the beheadings. We should stop looking at Henry as the avuncular parody of a King and realise he was a ruthless war-mongering despot with absolutely no scruples and morality (and fat). As I said the pair on the cover were just bit players - perhaps they didn't have a story after all and this has just been padded out to make it one. By the way their name was BRANDON not Tudor Brandon. Tudor was Henry's name from his father Henry V11 and Mary Henry's sister. If we are going to update it to today's fashion for double-barrelled surnames then what about Stanley-Tudor- Brandon. Stanley after Henry V11's mother Margaret Beaufort>
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