The Tudors by Linda Collins, Siobhan Clarke

I was asked if I want to review The Tudors by Linda Collins, Siobhan Clarke – The Crown, the Dynasty, the Golden Age*. Of course I said yes, especially as I’m studying the period. I like to mix up serious books (as in those kinds of books that most people would find boring) with commercial books, which appeal to a large audience, and even fiction. After reading about 20 books on the period in the last five – six months, reading this one was interesting, because I believed I knew everything what is said in the book. I was right about that, but still I enjoyed the gorgeous pictures throughout the book. It also means that I can make a proper review, on a subject I do know a lot about.

The Tudors by Linda Collins

I think many people are interested now in the Tudors due to the TV series with the same name. Also, Philippa Gregory’s novels are very popular as well, alongside other authors, such as Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake 7 book series. If you are one of them, then this book is for you, that’s for sure.

Now, let me talk about the book. First of all, it starts with a chapter on the War of the Roses and the battle at Bosworth, which is great, because it puts the Tudor rule in context. If Richard III didn’t try to usurp his nephew’s throne, the exiled welsh Henry Tudor wouldn’t have been on the throne, as very few would have helped him.

The book continues with a good explanation of Henry VII’s rule, including some of his ways of controlling the nobility. It continues with Henry VIII’s and not a lot is dedicated to his wives, which was great to see, as anybody interested in the period already knows about them. Of course they are presented, but it’s not all about them, so top marks for that.

picture from The Tudors by Linda Collins

Now, when it comes to Henry VIII’s children, they are properly presented, starting with Edward’s reign, “Bloody Mary”, and Elizabeth I, ‘Gloriana’. My only remark is that in the book, is mentioned how many people were executed on Mary’s reign, which is just shy of 300, burned at the stake for being Protestant. But, the numbers are more stark in Edward’s reign with over 3,000 killed during the rebellion in his reign (one of two major rebellions) or in Elizabeth’s reign with 11,000 killed in only three years during the wars (England was at war from 1585 and until her death in 1603). Even so, Mary is presented in a better light than I was expecting and this is good, considering she had a quite successful reign.

The book ends with a chapter on James VI and I, Elizabeth’s successor, which, again was a lovely surprise. I like how well the story is put in context.

The Tudors by Linda Collins, Siobhan Clarke

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: ANDRE DEUTSCH
Year it was published: 2019
Format: Hardcover
Genre(s): History, non-fiction
Pages: 160

About the author: Linda Collins worked for Historic Royal Palaces and lectures for the Arts Society. She is a member of the Association of Art Historians and lectures around the globe. She appeared in PBS television’s Secrets of Henry VIII’s Palace, and spoken on many radio programmes.

Siobhan Clarke has worked for Historic Royal Palaces for 17 years and is based at Hampton Court Palace, where she trained as a Costumed Interpreter before becoming an HRP Guide Lecturer. She specializes in 16th century dress, lectures on Hampton Court, The Tower of London, the Banqueting House (Whitehall Palace), National Trust, the Arts Society and the U3A.
Website & Social Media Links: welbeckpublishing

* I received this book for the purpose of this review. I was not asked to write a positive review, I did because I’ve enjoyed the book.



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