The Tudors history of a Dynasty
By David Loades
This is a book about one of the most powerful and influential dynasties in English history, a dynasty of five monarchs who ruled their domain for over a century. The Tudors were concerned to build a government that would endure, hence their constant concern with the succession – an anxiety which lasted throughout the century.
Although all Tudor monarchs believed that their authority derived from God, they had different ways of expressing that conviction, and above all they believed in ruling with consent and advice. For this reason they built partnerships, not with the old nobility as their predecessors had done, but with the wider community of the gentry, and above all with parliament. They were not in any sense democrats, but the partnerships which they built in church and state lasted for centuries, and still influence the way we look at our politics today.
The Tudor age was an era of momentous religious, social and political change and David Loades provides an expert overview of this pivotal period of British history.
Yet another Tudor book to add to my never ending collection! I have always been quite a fan of David Loades and I thoroughly enjoy his writing style so when I heard that he was releasing a book summarizing the rule of the Tudors I was eager to purchase it for my book collection. I have read several books which look at the Tudor monarchs and have enjoyed them all and I am eager to see what Loades includes and does not include within his book. It is a rather small book so it shall be interesting to see just how much depth he will go into and what aspects of Tudor history he chooses to focus on.
I am aware that Loades does have a tendency to give inaccurate dates, for example he keeps stating in his books that Anne Boleyn was executed on the 18th of May rather than the 19th. While reading his latest book I will have to keep my eyes out for any dates and double check that they match up. But other than this I am still very excited to read Loades book. I think it will be a very interesting and informative read!