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The Tudors for Dummies

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  84 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
This entertaining guide covers the period from 1485 to 1603, exploring the life and times of everyday people (from famine and the flu epidemic, to education, witchcraft and William Shakespeare) as well as the intrigues and scandals at court. Strap yourself in and get ready for a rollercoaster ride through the romantic and political liaisons of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I - ...more
Paperback, 351 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by For Dummies (first published October 28th 2010)
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Sarah
Jul 06, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
The introduction of this book first gives a very brief overview of the period in which the Tudor monarchs – Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I - ruled. The introduction moves on to detail why people seem to be drawn to the Tudor monarchs and their individual reigns and then gives a brief outline of the contents of the book. Tudors for Dummies is divided into five parts, the first looking at Henry VII, the second at the reign of Henry VIII, the third part detailing the short ...more
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Jun 27, 2015 Papalodge rated it really liked it
Thought for dummies would be an opportunity learn about the life and times that shaped Britain which normally would not appear in autobiographies or history book. Interesting tidbits, trivia, if you will.

The new 'left' in religion - Puritans, Presbyterians etc. Staunchly against Blasphemy. If you took the Lord's name in vain you were punished with an iron spike through the tongue.
(WOW - that would spike a rise in the price of iron today.)

Antony Sherley, 1599, sailed on a completely unauthorized
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Lisa
Jul 05, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is informative, funny and very reader-friendly. I am a staunch fan of the For Dummies series and have been impressed with the quality of information and degree of accessibility that this book and others in the series provide. For me, this one narrowly missed out on a five star rating due to the very poor editing of the text. Perhaps it was just the kindle version I purchased, but I found it to be full of punctuation errors, obvious typos and others small but ...more
Sophie
Jan 20, 2016 Sophie added it
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Dit boek legt op een simpele manier de rijke geschiedenis uit de Tudor-periode uit en hoe ze de Engelse troon bemachtigden (en weer verloren). Het ontstaan van de Anglicaanse kerk en de gevolgen ervan worden goed uitgelegd. Ook wordt geschetst hoe het dagelijkse leven eruit zag in die tijdsperiode. Hierdoor wordt dit boek een mooie inleiding in de wereld van de Tudors en is het een prima opstapje om andere non-fictie boeken te lezen over de Tudors.
Shelly
Jul 20, 2014 Shelly rated it liked it
I guess I was looking for more detail into the subject but I did like at then end, there were "firsts" introduced by the Tudors.
Andrew
Jul 18, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it
Very basic history of Tudor England; effectively filled in some gaps in my knowledge to give context to more substantial books that I'm reading on this subject.
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Really well put together, I enjoyed the read very much and thought it was informative while being written in a fun way
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David Michael Loades, British historian who specialised in the Tudor era. Professor emeritus at the University of Wales.
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