As Nathen Amin points out in this useful guide, we often hear of ‘Tudor England’ so people can be forgiven for not knowing that the dynasty has its roots in Wales. I live in Wales and have regularly visited many of the places listed but still found plenty to learn about our Tudor Heritage.
A good example is Carew Castle, which Nathen describes as ‘the largest Tudor house in Wales.’ I can remember when it was an overgrown ruin, fenced off because of the danger of falling masonry. Although the Carew family still own the castle, it is now leased to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, which has placed the castle firmly on the tourist map, with excellent facilities.
I share Nathen’s disappointment with what remains of Carmarthen Castle, site of the death of Edmund Tudor, the unlucky father of King Henry VII. The building of a Victorian gaol (now the Council offices) means little more remains beyond the impressive gatehouse. Visitors find some consolation at the magnificent cathedral of St David’s, where Edmund’s tomb was moved to by his grandson, King Henry VIII.
I also agree that the most impressive Tudor castle in Wales is the birthplace of King Henry VI and home of Jasper Tudor, in Pembroke. The Great Keep is seventy-five feet high and twenty feet thick at the base - and it is still possible for visitors to climb to the top and understand why the castle is one of the few which was never taken in a siege. Pembroke Castle has also been restored and preserved, with good interpretation. Always worth a visit, there is an excellent programme of events throughout the summer months.
Well researched and informative, this book takes the reader on a detailed tour of the whole of Wales and is highly recommended for anyone who would like to understand more about the Tudors.
The perfect book for anyone who enjoys history, the Tudor period and architecture in general. This book is packed with information on the Tudors ancestral home- Wales!! People often associate Hampton Court Palace, Richmond Palace or Greenwhich Palace with the Tudors, and whilst that may be correct for Henry VII-Elizabeth I, this books uncovers (and in many ways rediscovers), sites associated with the ancestors of the Tudors. From Abbey's to houses, to monuments and more. If you are planning a trip to beautiful Wales and would like to uncover more about this famous dynasty and go sight seeing, this book is just perfect for you. It's also an easy introduction to the origins of the Tudors.
This is the perfect book for anyone who is interested in visiting places associated with the Tudors in Wales and/or enjoys history about the Tudors in general, from Henry VII’s 14th century great-great-uncles in Penmynydd to Henry VIII and from more well-known places like Pembroke and Harlech Castle to little ones like Ysbyty Ifan and Mold. In each entry Nathen Amin vividly describes the place, its surroundings and the role it played for the Tudors. From reading this book it is clear Nathen Amin did a great deal of research and has a great passion and knowledge about the subject. The many full-colour photos (taken by the author himself) were of interest and his writing style is engaging. I found myself unable to put it down and look very much forward to his next book.
I really enjoyed this book. It works as a tour guide if you're heading to Wales, pointing to places to visit and the Tudor interest to be found there. But the book is so much more - a fascinating view of the Welsh roots of this dynasty that are easy to overlook, a careful examination of the relationships between the people and the places they influenced and were influenced by.
If you're heading to Wales and have an interest in history, this is the book for you. Looking for more info on the roots of this dynasty? Well, this is also the book for you! Love Wales? Guess what. This book is perfect to lead you around the beautiful country, all tied together with a unique history delivered in a fresh way.
I look forward to more from Nathen Amin. His writing is engaging and his research impeccable.
Have recently read many books about this fascinating era and then I saw this book. It deals with everything the title says and more. It is a must read for anyone interested in the history of the Tudors.
This book doesn't just cover the large well-known Tudor places in Wales, but the little ones too. it is well written, lavishly illustrated and a good price. Well worth buying if you are planning a trip.
I would highly recommend this book. I have a keen interest in history and particularly the Tudor period. There are many many novels around at the moment and general historical texts but this book makes a refreshing change from the run of the mill. The book is highly informative and very well written. During a recently trip to the boarder region of Wales, it was the perfect companion.
Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book about the Tudors.
Well this is a great guide of Tudor places to visit in Wales and I found quite a few that would be on my list to check out. You get snippets of history about the areas links to the Tudors and those who may have used or lived in the buildings, castles, manor houses etc, thrown in with beautiful photographs of the areas and places themselves. You have a handy key at the front so you could easily plan out a visit to some of the areas within. You also get a family tree and timeline of key events to give you an idea of what was happening at the time these places came to be.
The main places I think that would be on my list are: Carew Castle, Pembroke Castle, Tenby Tudor Merchant’s House, Raglan Castle, St Fagans National History Museum, Beaumaris Castle and Gwydir Castle (though to me this looks more like a large manor house). I think you can see a bit of a theme here with the places I picked, in that I really like castles. Whether they are still standing strong or have been slowly taken by the hands of time they have so much history within them that you can’t help but be in ore with the designs and how they would have been made.
Many of these castles designs were ahead of the time with adding the likes of hexagonal towers to fifteenth century designs – like with Raglan Castle. From high turrets and keeps, to moots and enforced doors and walls six feet thick, each castle had its own way of protecting itself from the siege of others. Many would change hands a few times over throughout the time of change from the Wars of the Roses to the Tudors reign. With many seeing improvements made by those who would then be the protector of it.
If a building could talk imagine the tales it could tell. If any of these buildings, castles or manor houses could talk I think you would be in for a historical treat with the battles that took place, literally and figuratively when with more of a verbal match. Great little guide through the lives of the Tudors, how they linked back to their Welsh roots and the fabulous places still around today for us to go and see.