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Ordeal by Ambition: An English family in the shadow of the Tudors

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  7 ratings  ·  3 reviews
The flame of the Tudor monarchy blazed bright. It attracted, but it also burned. To be near the throne was to live excitingly and dangerously. The most appropriate symbol for the Tudors was not their rose but their axe.

This is the story of a Tudor queen and two of her brothers, all of whom paid the price of their close involvement with the throne. Jane Seymour became Queen
Hardcover, 411 pages
Published 1972 by Sidgwick & Jackson
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Athena Ninlil
The Seymours has been given an unsympathetic eye for daring to step over the Boleyns, this view has permeated through centuries and William Seymour doesn't dispel this view by giving a different interpretation, but rather by laying out the facts and detailing the lives of the three most important members of this family: Jane, Edward and Thomas.
One of the best historical books I have ever read. It helped that I was craving information on the Seymour family, particularly Edward Seymour and the author didn't disappoint. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves the Tudor period.
Jan 03, 2011 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of the Tudor era
Recommended to Jennifer by: Kelly
This book--written by a descendant of the Seymour siblings--details the lives of Queen Jane Seymour and her brothers Edward (Protector of the Realm) and Thomas (Lord High Admiral).

I've always been a bit stymied about the lack of non-fiction out there surrounding the Seymour least in comparison to others who were close King Henry VIII. Jane's story is not as drama filled as that of Anne Boleyn or Catherine Howard, perhaps, but still, during her short tenure as Queen, she was the one w
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