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Dark History of the Tudors

Judith John

‘Divorced, beheaded, died, Divorced, beheaded, survived.’ – Rhyme describing the fates of Henry VIII’s wives Beginning with the victory of Henry Tudor over Richard III at Bosworth Field in 1485, and ending with the death of the childless Elizabeth I in 1603 following... Read moreRead less

‘Divorced, beheaded, died, Divorced, beheaded, survived.’ – Rhyme describing the fates of Henry VIII’s wives
Beginning with the victory of Henry Tudor over Richard III at Bosworth Field in 1485, and ending with the death of the childless Elizabeth I in 1603 following a 45-year reign, the Tudor dynasty marks a period in British history where England was transformed from a minor medieval kingdom to a preeminent European power on the verge of empire. Yet this period of great upheaval had a dark side: Henry VIII’s notorious break with the Roman Catholic Church and his divorce or execution of four of his six wives; the sad story of teenaged Lady Jane Grey, who was monarch for just nine days before being executed in favor of the Catholic Mary I; and Queen Elizabeth I, who defeated the Spanish Armada, suppressed the Irish rebellion, and sponsored pirates and slave traders in the quest for new territories in America. Illustrated with 180 photographs, paintings, and illustrations, Dark History of the Tudors is a fascinating, accessible account of the murder, adultery, and religious turmoil that characterized England’s most infamous royal dynasty.

Format: 244 x 186mm hb
Extent: 224pp
Word count: 53,000
Illustrations: 180 photos, maps and artworks
ISBN: 9781782741336

Judith John

Judith John is a writer and editor based in South Wales, UK. A former English teacher, Judith specializes in a wide range of historical and cultural topics and has developed numerous educational series. Recent publications include a series of introductions for classic novels. Judith’s research interests include Early Modern Europe and the relationship between art, literature, and history.

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