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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,456 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: G. J. Meyer Narrator: Robin Sachs Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Acclaimed historian G. J. Meyer provides a fresh look at the fabled Tudor dynasty—and some of the most enigmatic figures ever to rule a country. In 1485, Henry Tudor, whose claim to the English throne was so weak as to be almost laughable, nevertheless sailed from France with a ragtag army to take the crown from the family that had ruled England for almost four centuries. Fifty years later, his son, Henry VIII, aimed to seize even greater powers—ultimately leaving behind a brutal legacy that would blight the lives of his children and the destiny of his country. Edward VI, a fervent believer in reforming the English church, died before realizing his dream. Mary I, the disgraced daughter of Catherine of Aragon, tried and failed to reestablish the Catholic Church and produce an heir, while Elizabeth I sacrificed all chance of personal happiness in order to survive.

The Tudors presents the sinners and saints, the tragedies and triumphs, the high dreams and dark crimes, of this enthralling era.

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  • [A] sweeping history of the gloriously infamous Tudor era. Unlike the somewhat ponderous British biographies of the Henrys, Elizabeths and Boleyns that seem to pop up perennially, Meyer displays some flashy, fresh irreverence…Meyer cut[s] to the quick of the action…Energetic and comprehensive. Kirkus Reviews
  • "History buffs will savor Meyer's cheeky, nuanced, and authoritative perspective on an entire dynasty, and his study brims with enriching background discussions, ranging from class structure and the medieval Catholic Church to the Tudor connection to Spanish royalty. Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • Historian/journalist Meyer does an excellent job of recreating the Tudor epoch, both in his dramatic narrative and in the alternating "background" chapters that illuminate 16th-century culture, politics, etc...Meyer's book is a rich and vibrant tapestry depicting England's most notorious—and most remembered—monarchs. The Newark Star-Ledger

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Shelly | 2/18/2014

    " I enjoyed this immensely, but am biased because I am eternally fascinated by the Tudor Dynasty and its courts. This is a more in-depth history than usual for books on Tudor England--it begins with Henry Tudor sailing from France in 1485, and continues through the reign of Elizabeth I. I highly recommend it for people who enjoy British history, or want to learn more of the historical fact behind the television series "The Tudors." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Craig Earnshaw | 2/17/2014

    " Compelling historical drama, and to think I'm of English ancestry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anna | 2/15/2014

    " This is a very top-level book, and just gives an overview of the Tudors and some of the key players in their reigns of awfulness. Which for me was good, as I could barely keep anything straight as it was. So many lords and earls and "favorites" and priests and cardinals..and since you know the vast majority are doomed (Tudors not being ones for loyalty or sentiment), it's easy to just gloss over some of the action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ingrid | 2/10/2014

    " Very accessible. I especially liked the "background" chapters. "

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