- Hardcover: 528 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan; 1 edition (13 Sept. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230706401
- ISBN-13: 978-0230706408
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 4.4 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tudors: A History of England Volume II (History of England Vol 2) Hardcover – Unabridged, 13 Sep 2012
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"Religious upheaval and dissent peppers Ackroyd s enjoyable book as lavishly as it coloured the reigns of Henry and all three of his children... Peter Ackroyd relishes the period s colourful details... As so often in Ackroyd s books there are irresistible small details of everyday life in historic London" --Daily Express (4-star review)
"Ackroyd delivers the grisly annals of Tudor persecutions with an eye for detailed pathos... Ackroyd evokes the purging of Catholic popular piety with a controlled, rueful passion... [He] neatly avoids imposing a 21st-century moral sensibility on the question of executions by warning against cultural anachronism... [A] superbly accessible and readable History of England" -- Financial Times
"Historian Peter Ackroyd clearly relishes the wicked glamour of the family which presided over the Reformation, saw off the Spanish Armada, founded the British Empire and left the country they ruled a great European power... The Tudors, as Ackroyd reminds us in this fluent and colourful second volume of his History of England, were more than just a dysfunctional ruling family. Some of our greatest names were true Tudors too... Such a shame that the Stuarts followed and ruined it all. That s a story for Ackroyd s next volume, and I can t wait" --Sunday Express
"[Ackroyd] has a matchless sense of place, and of the transformations of place across long stretches of time; he is also an inventive and playful English stylist... The central drama of the Tudor age was of course the break with Rome and the transformation of England over three generations into a Protestant stronghold. On this Ackroyd is refreshingly immune to some ingrained national myths"
"Of all the dynasties to occupy the English throne, none has imprinted itself more durably on the nation s consciousness than the Tudors... Peter Ackroyd s retelling of their tale forms the second volume of a planned six-volume history of England. This is the sort of Everest-sized project that few serious historians have attempted since the great Lord Macaulay in the 19th Century... The story moves forward in short, well-dramatised scenes. Plot lines and personalities are clearly drawn. And the focus rarely shifts from the world of the court that epicentre of conspiracy and intrigue. Ackroyd has a keen eye for the curious detail... Ackroyd refers to himself as a modern-day chronicler of the past, a recorder of specific moments and events and at this there is no doubting he is a master" --Mail on Sunday
"Well crafted... Ackroyd is at his most effective when tracing England's religious change" --Sunday Times
The second volume of Peter Ackroyd's masterful history of England: TudorsSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
The book takes us from the beginnings of the reign of Henry VIII through to the end of Elizabeth I. in other words, virtually the whole of the 16th century. Unlike others historians, like the book I read recently read about Caterina Sforza (Tigress of Forli: The Life of Caterina Sforza), the author is less concerned about character and more concerned about events. All the monarchs are mainly pegs around whom the many happenings of this period revolve, but that does not diminish the quality of the book. It's just another way to treat history.
I also like the fact that the chapters are fairly short; there are over forty (in just over 350 pages). This means that it is possible to put the book down easily or read it in short bursts without losing the plot, or getting overwhelmed by the details.
Although familiar with the Tudor period, I am no way an expert. In fact I read the book to remind myself of the events. The book is not overly academic. There are many quotes, but they are not referenced (one of the minor flaws) but this does did not hinder my enjoyment.
Perfect as a paperback, or as I read it, on an e-reader.
Yes, well , I am sure we do but you wouldn't know it from this book because he simply turns his back on any sort of social history whatsoever and gives us no idea of how even the middle classes might have lived let alone the humble.
And while he purports to be narrating a synthesis of the latest research and findings of this period there are many serious omissions as, for example,of the intimate life of Elizabeth which have been common knowledge since the late sixties and which go a long way to explain why she never married.
He writes well and is easy to read but in the end you leave his book with the feeling of being bashed about the head too many times such is the relentlessness of his account of executions and betrayals.
There's much more to history than this.
What about the other possible view of history as summed up so succinctly by Don DeLillo: "History is longing on a large scale."?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased fory daughter to compliment her A level History studying. My daughter is very happy with the book.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Typically of Ackroyd, this book is beautifully written, he uses his novelist's skill to tell us a very complicated story. Read morePublished 7 months ago by jonxboy
Unlike Ackroyd who is nothing if not thorough in his research, this account tends to skate over many aspects of Henry's reign. For that reason I have given a mid-mark.Published 13 months ago by FISCHER