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The Tudors For Dummies

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  72 ratings  ·  8 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
ebook, 376 pages
Published November 4th 2010 by For Dummies (first published October 28th 2010)
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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
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
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 pe ...more
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.
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.
Really well put together, I enjoyed the read very much and thought it was informative while being written in a fun way
Len Addinall
Good overview of this part of British History, with the Dummies' humorous turn
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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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