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New worlds, lost worlds : the rule of the Tudors, 1485-1603

by Brigden, Susan, 1951-

Format: Print Book 2001
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Non Fiction 942.05 Bri
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No period in British history retains more resonance and mystery for contemporary readers than the sixteenth century. For history buffs, or almost any reader, the figures and events of Tudor Britain approach those of myth. Already published to critical acclaim in Great Britain, The Rule of the Tudors traces the course and currents of this formative era from the secretive Henry VII and his charming, capricious, ruthless Renaissance son, Henry VIII, to "Bloody Mary" Tudor and her nemesis, Elizabeth I, who trumpeted her adroit rule of a man's world with "the body of a weak and feeble woman but...the heart and stomach of a king." Above all, the Tudor epoch emerges as a battleground between the new world of Protestantism and the old one of unquestioned Catholicism-a great religious rent in the fabric of English society that underlies turbulence and carnage from Henry VIII's break with Rome to the threat of conquest by Spain. The Rule of the Tudors is an authoritative, impeccably written, and startlingly atmospheric history.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Brigden examines one of the most fascinating royal families to ever rule England. From 1485 to 1603 the Tudors reigned over a country torn by religious strife at home and unified by brilliant voyages of exploration and discovery abroad. The author sets the analysis of each succeeding Tudor monarch against the backdrop of cataclysmic cultural, social, and economic events that would forever alter the fabric of English history. As England was brutally transformed into both a Protestant nation and a formidable global power, Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I initiated and reacted to a series of domestic and international events that would define the entire Tudor era. An outstanding chronicle of a pivotal epoch in British history. Margaret Flanagan"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In many respects, the 16th is surely the most appealing of English centuries an age of extraordinary vitality, when the intolerance that wrecked France was suppressed (almost everywhere but in Ireland) by pragmatic Elizabethan moderation. Brigden's new work is the fifth entry in the nine-volume Penguin History of Britain, a series that features a number of leading lights (Kishlansky, Colley, Cannadine, etc.), and it provides a spirited introduction to this fertile period. Political and religious themes predominate, as befits a student of the late Sir Geoffrey Elton, but the author avoids the brilliant turgidity of her former teacher. Operating within the series' standard conceptual framework (dynastic change shaping the structure, right up until the fall of Mrs. Thatcher), Brigden writes with mature and engaging sobriety. She is fully conscious of the oppressive potential of English government, "whose superiority was "evident only to the English," and gives substantial attention to the disasters that befell the Irish. Indeed, her claim to speak "more of kings, and queens, than cabbages" is a little self-deprecating. The plight of the poor, prone to disease and catastrophic famine, is rarely far from the surface; astonishingly, we learn that one-third of the population of Norwich died during a plague epidemic in 1579. Equal attention is paid to popular religion to the lost world of English Catholicism, witch crazes and mystery plays and to family life and friendship. This is a well-balanced if fairly traditional history and will make for an ideal textbook when it appears in paper. (June 25) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Penguin history of Britain ; 5.
Subjects Tudor, House of.
Great Britain -- History -- Tudors, 1485-1603.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1485-1603.
Publisher New York :Viking,2001
Edition 1st American ed.
Language English
Description xiii, 433 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 368-399) and index.
ISBN 0670899852 (alk. paper)
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