Tudor: The Family Story

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Slideshare uses cookies to improve functionality and performance, and to provide you with relevant advertising. If you continue browsing the site, you agree to the use of cookies on this website. See our User Agreement and Privacy Policy. See our Privacy Policy and User Agreement for details. Published on May 4, It is a Telegraph Book of the Year.

It is a History Today Book of the Year. The Tudors are a national obsession; they are our most notorious family in history.

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But beyond the well-worn headlines is a family still more extraordinary than the one we thought we knew. But this leaves out the family s obscure Welsh origins; it passes by the courage of the pregnant thirteen-year-old girl who would help found the Tudor dynasty; and the childhood and painful exile of her son, the future Henry VII.

It ignores the fact that the Tudors were shaped by their past - those parts they wished to remember and those they wished to forget. With this background, Leanda de Lisle enables us to see the Tudors in their own terms and presents new perspectives and revelations on key figures and events, from the princes in the Tower to the Tudor Queens.

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Successfully reported this slideshow. We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime. Upcoming SlideShare. Like this presentation? Interesting in education, she funded and created colleges and was the patron of many scholars. Her son, the first Tudor monarch was also very learned and in contrast with the skewed image we have of him in fiction, he was a man who loved to laugh, gamble and engage in many lively pastimes.

I learned a lot about Margaret Douglas, the other unknown Tudors as well as the lives of their descendants and how close they were to their royal cousins, or in what way they influenced events. But it is ironic, as the author points out, that it all started with an accidental misstep, an accidental meeting between a royal French widow and a handsome, dashing Welsh steward whose romance changed the course of history forever.

Spanning over two centuries, this book chronicles the life of every descendant, whether he or she played a major role or not.

This book has it all and although the Tudor line officially died out, it did not die out completely. Mary Queen of Scots married her cousin Henry Stewart. Although Mary and Margaret Douglas died, their line lasted. Through imagery, the Tudors rewrote history and bolstered their claim and increased their power, and they were also vicious in doing it. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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It is impossible to imagine such a play being written about Henry VII. After all, having no son was not only a personal blow, it also meant a possible future struggle for the crown, with his sisters and their heirs gaining a new importance in the future of the succession. She is often depicted as weak and with little political skill, yet she had raised military and popular support and divided her enemies with stunning success.

Mary hoped that by encouraging leading Protestants to go into exile she would be able to go on to restore a united Catholic country, in communion once again with Rome, but with a humanist-reformed vision. It was a devastating blow when, only six months later, Mary was confronted by the Protestant-led rebellion that became known as the Wyatt revolt.

In her context she was eliminating fanatics, and of the most dangerous kind, incorrigible rebels against God and queen. But Mary also had to work positively, to build a future, and this unravelled in the face of her infertility and declining health. She failed in her ultimate duty to produce a child and this meant, once again, that the wider family was key to the future.

Tudor: The Family Story

Lists with This Book. The "conversion" of Catholic England to the Church of England and the rise of the Puritans was quite interesting. Leanda De Lisle. Very well written book, just the right length to keep the reader interested and was clearly researched thoroughly by the author. The relationships between each of these family members is discussed, as is how these relationships changed either for the better or worse when one of these people became King or Queen. Tudor Leanda de Lisle.

The royal family was, for Elizabeth, not a source of future stability, but of immediate threat. She bastardised their children, or sought their murder, she drove them to despair and even madness, so she could die a natural death, as queen, in her bed.

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And unlike the childless Richard II, to whom she was compared by her enemies, Elizabeth achieved that aim. Share this: Twitter Facebook. Like this: Like Loading Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here