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Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Book Review: The Tudors by Siobhan Clarke and Linda Collins

The Tudors book cover

Beginning on the bloody battlefield of Bosworth, when Henry Tudor seized the crown of England and ended the Wars of the Roses, The Tudors contains stories and characters that have fascinated readers for centuries. The Tudor age gave us Henry VIII, famous for his six marriages and for breaking from Rome; 'Bloody Mary' and her attempt to return England to the Catholic fold; and Elizabeth I, 'Gloriana,' who reigned in a new era of discovery and innovation.

Illustrated with contemporary artworks, photographs and documents The Tudors tells the public and private story of England's most famous royal family and the England they ruled.


History has always been a subject I find interesting and a good non-fiction book has the power to bring the past to life like never before.

The Tudors are one of the most infamous dynasties in the history of the English monarchy. We all know the story of Henry VIII and his ill-fated wives, but how much do we really know about what life was like in Tudor England? What changes did each new ruler make, who were the key players at court, and what were the political powers at play?

These are just some of the questions that Clarke and Collins seek to answer in this engaging, insightful book. Packed to the brim with interesting Tudor facts, it's clear to see how much research went into the creation of The Tudors. It's also easy to read and simple to digest, making it a great introduction to the Tudor period.

The book follows the logical course of the Tudor timeline, discussing the various monarchs and their lives in detail, alongside referencing important events and individuals. It really gets under the surface and brings history to life, which makes for a truly fascinating read.

A great deal of imagery is also presented in the book, ranging from portraits of the monarchs themselves through to reproductions of historic tapestries. These stunning visual aids also help to bring the words to life whilst also illustrating the more human side of these infamous people.

Beautifully presented and brimming with historical information, The Tudors is ideal for those looking to delve a little deeper into one of the most famous periods of English history. 

Rating: 5 stars

The Tudors is available to buy now.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Will you be reading the book? Let me know in the comments below!

4 comments:

  1. Sounds an interesting read about a period of history X #mmbc

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  2. Sounds interesting! I also enjoy historical novels. Have you read The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory?

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    1. It's actually on my tbr but I haven't had a chance to read it yet! I've heard a lot of good things though x

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