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Tudor England (The Pelican History of England #5)

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
The author sets the scene with a picture of the England of the late 15th century and examines the utterly different personalities and achievements of Henry VII and his flamboyant son Henry VIII. Subsequent chapters provide accounts of the great crisis over the succession and papal supremacy, the religious revolution and counter-revolution under Edward VI and Mary and the d ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 1st 1969 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1950)
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Kate
I couldn't decide whether to give this a 3 or a 4. It's very thorough, and clearly written by an expert, but it's also dense and dry and difficult to parse. I'm going to go ahead and give it four stars, because I did enjoy reading it when I put in the considerable effort necessary to follow it. This book is part of a series (I haven't read the others), and I'm pretty sure they're intended for students who already have a pretty strong grasp of English history. We only get the very vaguest basics ...more
Keith
Aug 29, 2012 Keith rated it liked it
I don't know a lot about the other volumes of the Pelican History of England series, but this is an interesting little book. If you want to know the circumstances of Mary Tudor's death, or the date Henry VIII got the crown, this isn't the book for you. This is not the stuff of a straight, factual, chronological history.

Instead, this is series of essays covering the economics of sheep raising and cloth making, the making of the English navy, the devaluation of coin, the rise of Puritanism, the l
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Grindy Stone
Jan 30, 2014 Grindy Stone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Witty, clever and accessible overview of 16th century England. A fine jumping-off point for anyone unfamiliar with the subject, though you may want to keep a chart handy to keep track of who is married to whom, and who their kids are.
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Kristin Sinclair
This is a very informative work, although a little bit dense. A decent read for those familiar with the period.
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Stanley Thomas Bindoff (1908-1980), historian specialising in Tudor England. Professor of History at Queen Mary, University of London 1951-1975.
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The Pelican History of England (10 books)
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