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House Of Treason: The Rise And Fall Of A Tudor Dynasty

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This title tells the story of the Dukes of Norfolk. The richest and most powerful noble family in Britain, after the king himself, they regarded themselves as the power behind the throne and regularly tried to act as 'kingmakers'.
Published July 1st 2009 by Not Avail (first published January 1st 2009)
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Having read “The Last Days of Henry VIII”, another book by Robert Hutchinson, I was excited to read his book about the Dukes of Norfolk. Just as Hutchinson’s previous book I was not disappointed and right from the very first word I was captivated! Honestly I think Hutchinson could write about paint drying on the walls and I would be hanging off his every word, such is the power and draw of his writing.

House of Treason The Rise & Fall of a Tudor Dynasty looks at the Howard family throughout
If you think your family is a mess, you should probably read this book.

After all, how many generations of your family have been imprisoned or beheaded?

The Howard family was the power family in Tudor England. In each generation, the head of the Howard family was the Duke of Norfolk and the preeminent noble man--he also had a decent of chance of getting his head chopped off.

This book traces the family throughout the Tudor era, highlighting how each generation's fortunes rose and fell. At times, i
This was a great outline of the fortunes of the House of Howard, Tudor magnates who were too close to the throne to be comfortable for the Tudor monarchs. Beheaded, attainted, died, beheaded, died, survived - or something akin to that could describe the Howard dukes of Norfolk. Two Howard nieces, Ann Boleyn and Catherine Howard, didn't last long as Tudor queens. The sweep of the sixteenth century can be seen here, and the writing is earnest, sometimes bemused, and sympathetic to the ill fortune ...more
Andrea Willers
I loved this book as it looks at this dynasty warts as well. I visited Sheriff Hutton and I had found out that the Earl of Surrey who fought at Bosworth with Richard's army had stayed at Sheriff Hutton and few years later with Arthur, prince of Wales. I was a little puzzled how he managed that and a lot other things like marrying the queens sister in his second marriage. I had found this book in my local library and I found the book toughly interesting read. I would recommend this book to anyone ...more
M.J. Fiori
The Howards make for fascinating history and reading, but I have to say I'm a bit peeved that the *female* Howards of note - namely, Anne Boleyn and her first cousin, the adulterous teenager Katherine Howard - aren't even given short shrift in this book. In one chapter bridging the time when Thomas Howard (uncle to both girls) was riding high on the tide of Henry's favor with the time when he was practically banished from court, Anne's name is invoked only because her fall brought along Thomas' ...more
Danielle Reily
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A great biography of the highs and lows of the powerful Howard family during the Tudor period. At first I feared it would be another retelling of the key Tudor events with simply a nod towards the Howards being there in some small relevant or irrelevant capacity. Thankfully my fears were allayed after a few chapters when Hutchinson turned his focus from the general history towards the personal circumstances of the Dukes. Hutchinson gives a detailed account of the intrigues and plots that helped ...more
Mary Rose
This book started out feeling very dense and impossible, but it gets better as you go on (and once you get used to there being a new Howard, Norfolk, and Surrey every 30-40 pages.) There are even some funny bits, like when the author apologizes for having to refer to finding Henry VII's next bride as "pimping." It basically covers the Tudor dynasties under several English rulers, paying particular attention to the daily squabbles and intrigue of court life. It's interesting to me because I never ...more
Very interesting read about the Howard family, especially if you're only familiar with Anne, Catherine, and their conniving, manipulative uncle, the third Duke of Norfolk, who threw both nieces to the wolves to retain power and Henry's favor.

There have been complaints here and there about this book focusing mainly on the Howard men, but really it makes sense - the women were not often at court, nor were their activities considered nearly as important as their male counterparts. Besides, a substa
Brilliant. This book, which I got for a present on my birthday. Is an excellent chronicle of the Howard family, from the mid 15th century to the mid 17th century. But, as I know, they have ancestors living today, just that after about 1620 they didn't get in as much strife, and hence, they weren't a 'house of treason' anymore.

Indeed, many Howard family members got beheaded, imprisoned, titles stripped, so many punishments for foolish decisions such as adultery, planning to overthrow the throne,
Good to read about the Tudors through a powerful and ultimately treacherous family! Thankfully the book truly was just about the Howards and there wasn't too much scene setting. Too often these books spend too much time on the monarchs when generally those who read these books have already read widely on the subject. I like his writing style.
This is the second or third attempt I've made to read a book by this author, and yet again, I just couldn't get into it. The subject matter was excellent, and one I was extremely curious about. The Howards were such a vital part of the Tudor era, and I'd been looking forward to seeing something devoted to exclusively to them. The tone of the book was just so dry that it was literally a chore just to open it up, and I couldn't stick with it.
Adrian Loades
A great account of the multiple rises and falls of one of the preeminent families of Tudor England. The book gets beneath the veneer of the aristocracy and exposes the human strengths and failings of a family who consistently seemed to consider aristocracy of greater import than politics.
The Howard family is one my favorite English families, they were incredibly fascinating and this book does them justice, capturing each generation perfectly. I would urge anyone with an interest in Tudor History to give it a read!!
This covers the Dukes of Norfolk from the accession of Henry VII through Elizabeth I's reign. It's a interesting look at a family that constantly found itself in trouble with the crown, yet kept clawing its way back to power.
Jane Walker
Another way of looking at the horrible history of the Tudors, this time through the story of the Howard family. It's confusing at times as to which member of the family we're talking about, but a good read.
Interesting read, but I couldn't help but feel that the most intriguing were the women of the family, who were briefly mentioned but quickly discarded in favour of retelling the stories of the men.
John Carter
Interesting, but could have been better edited. A minor point but the exact metric conversions of approximate distances (eg "...20 miles (32.2km) away") really got on my wick
It's about Howard Dukes of Norfolk from Henry VII's reign to Elizabeth I's.
An informative if somewhat dry read!
Like a real life Game of Thrones.
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