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The Tudor Queens of England Hardcover – 1 Jan 2009
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'There is certainly a rich vein of material to be quarried here by any scholars wanting to write about not only the political history of the period but also complex attitudes to gender ... Professor Loades' book offers a way in to this multi-layered subject'
-- Derek Wilson, History Today
About the Author
David Loades is one of the leading historians of the Tudor monarchy. He is the author of the definitive biography of Elizabeth's half-sister, Mary Tudor: A Life (Blackwell, 1989) and of Intrigue and Reason:The Tudor Court (Longman, 2004). He is Honorary Research Professor at the University of Sheffield and Director of the British Academy John Foxe Project.
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I take my hat of to David Loades. What a fantastic read. I'm more of a fictional reader myself and enjoy a good story but this has been my bedtime book for the past week and can say it's been one of the most gripping books I've read in a good while.
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.
Altogether an excellent book, both academic and enjoyable.
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