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Praise for Tudors

"Peter Ackroyd’s love of his subject shines through every page. This is a thrilling story that will delight readers interested in this period." —San Francisco Book Review

“While the author focuses on the politics of religious change, this is an accessible account, made even more so by anecdotes revealing the personalities of the main characters (e.g., Henry VIII became so obese that his bed had to be enlarged to a width of seven feet, and Mary Stuart wore crimson underclothes at her execution in 1587).” —Publishers Weekly

“A solid multivolume popular history: readable, entirely nonrevisionist and preoccupied by politics, religion and monarchs—a worthy rival to Winston Churchill’s History of the English Speaking Peoples.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Highly engaging…. Ackroyd presents in rich prose and careful explanations how the English Reformation was not a movement of the people but a personal project of King Henry.” —Booklist (starred review)

"Peter Ackroyd is energetic and gifted enough to have mastered his sources and produced a sparklingly fresh account of Tudor England. … Ackroyd has a wonderful eye for the telling detail, cameos that stick in the mind. … If you want a finely written, racy account of the monster Henry VIII and his brood, a history book that really fires your imagination and is often so exciting that you cannot put it down, you should get this book." —The Weekly Standard

"Ackroyd presents the Tudors in a way frequently overlooked by other popular histories and novels, depicting them as a force that continues to affect both English and international societies today, rather than as an early-modern soap opera. … Each player in this real-life historical drama is clearly drawn, their major contributions and connections made apparent without losing the thread of the overall themes. Tudors takes a comprehensive approach to early-modern English history that is rarely attempted, but is, in Ackroyd's hands, a success." —Shelf Awareness

"Ackroyd’s thoroughly researched narrative of the notorious Tudors is colorful, engaging, and highly accessible to general readers." —Choice

“Ackroyd writes with such lightly worn erudition and a deceptive ease that he never fails to engage.”
The Telegraph (UK)

“Superbly accessible and readable.” —The Financial Times (UK)

“Ackroyd clearly relishes the wicked glamour of the family which presided over the Reformation, saw off the Spanish Armada, founded the British Empire and left the country they ruled a great European power . . . Fluent and colorful.” —Sunday Express (UK)

“As so often in Ackroyd’s books there are irresistible small details of everyday life in historic London.” —Daily Express (UK)

“Ackroyd’s information concerning Cromwell provokes a different reaction from that gained by reading Hilary Mantel. . . . This is a fascinating read, an accessible history where the immense research is wittily presented and where the ideas are profound and moving.” —Newtown Review of Books


“[Ackroyd] has a matchless sense of place, and of the transformations of place across long stretches of time; he is also an inventive and playful English stylist.” —Standpoint (UK)

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"Relaxed, unpretentious, and accessible." —The New York Times Book Review on Foundation

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Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning novelist, as well as a broadcaster, biographer, poet, and historian. He is the author of many acclaimed books including Thames: Sacred River, London: The Biography, and the first volume of his history of England, Foundation. He holds a CBE for services to literature and lives in London.

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Superior Writing, Character-Focused Storytelling Approach Should Appeal to Broad Audience 9. Oktober 2013
Von kas - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
As a preliminary matter, I'll admit it: my appetite for Tudors dynasty vehicles is more or less bottomless. Whether it's historical esoterica or or a popularly accessible review of the monarchs' lives and reigns --- whatever the quality of the story based on their lives in whichever medium you please -- I always have room to try one more. So, I am easy to please and difficult to impress with a real breadth of past exposure to presentations on this topic. Hopefully, my comparative knowledge can help some of you comparative Tudor amateurs decide if this latest food for my frenzy is worth the investment of your time.

To sum up my thoughts on Tudors by Peter Ackroyd, which is apparently part of a series surveying English history, I'd say that's it's a uniquely valuable addition to popularly available history on the Tudor monarchs due to the superlative caliber of writing as well as the number of truly interesting historical arguments the author advances.

Ackroyd tells a seamless story, which is no small feat given the book's considerable length and the even more considerable range of information to select for inclusion in his discussion. The sheer fluidity of his prose is striking, and by that I mean it was so unique in its smoothness that I felt like I was being hit over the head with it beginning on the very first page -- no kidding! The history detailed is likely to slide easily into the reader's mind and lodge itself there without too much concentration on his or her own part given the author's narrative power. This is the opposite of a dry examination of the past by a stuffy academic type who cannot translate his or her insights for an amateur audience with ease. Unsurprisingly, it turns out Peter Ackroyd is not strictly oriented to history in his Humanities scholarship. His specialty is literature and cultural history rather than political history or the study of history broadly speaking.

Ackroyd's particular topical orientation combines with his great conversational writing style to bring out the range of hues in the colorful characters that people these monarchs' times to an extent pretty much unseen in serious historical nonfiction on this topic. At least I cannot remember reading Ackroyd's better or even his real equal in this respect, for what it's worth. I should say more about what I mean by "topical orientation." I refer to my observation that Ackroyd includes a number of arguments that historical change impacting the entire nation can be traced to the idiosyncrasies, temporary concerns and politically relevant abilities of the personalities in the Tudor courts. For example, early in the book the assertion is made that it is Cardinal Thomas Wolsey who critically demonstrated by his own personal example that it was possible to administer both church and state together within England's borders. It is interesting to me that Tudors is ostensibly intended to serve as a survey of the period in English history, given Ackroyd's character-centric, basically dramatic orientation that I observed.

Speaking of drama, fans of the Anne Boleyn as a historical fiction character and/or a real personality may be incensed to learn that this survey not only presents the minority(?) historical view that Anne Boleyn was guilty of the adultery charges for which she died -- he argues that some underlying truth to these charges is actually probable!

The Tudors installment in this series offers a lot to please the casually interested reader, the history buff, and the fan of the Showtime series. Please be advised I was able to read an electronic copy of this book via NetGalley because the publisher, St. Martin's Press (Macmillan Group) -- Thomas Dunne Books, generously granted free access.
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The Tudors is a lively account of one of Great Britain's greatest ruling families 11. Oktober 2013
Von C. M Mills - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Peter Ackroyd is one of Great Britain's most prolific authors. Ackroyd is presently at work on a history of England. "Tudors" is volume two. In nearly five hundred lively pages the author paints a portrait of the colorful family from Wales that ruled England from 1485 until the death of Elizabeth I in 1603. It was a bloody age dominated by religious controversy and persecution. The book covers the reigns of:
Henry VII-Henry ended the War of the Roses when he defeated Richard III the Yorkist king at the battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.
Henry VIII-The rotund king who wed six times; beheaded and burned many enemies and transformed England from a Roman Catholic to an Anglican nation. He ruled from 1509-47. Ackroyd discusses Henry's wives and his conversion to an anti-papal ruler who broke with Pope Clement VII.
Edward VI-The boy king was committed to the Protestant cause but died young. His reign was from 1547-53.
Jane Grey reigned for only nine days before being beheaded . She represented the Protestant cause.
Mary I-(1553-58) Bloody Mary was a devoted Roman Catholic who was the daughter of Henry VIII's first wife the Spaniard Catherine of Aragon. Mary was the first reigning Queen of England. During her reign over three hundred Protestants were burned at the stake earning her the nickname of "Bloody Mary." She wed Phillip II of Spain and died childless.
Elizabeth I (1558-16-3) The Virgin Queen was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth was a Protestant who presided over the first secular state in British history. During her reign the might of Spain was crushed when the Spanish Armada was soundly defeated in 1588. Elizabeth signed the death warrant for Mary Queen of Scots in 1587 ended Roman Catholic hopes to restore the old faith to the English crown.
Ackroyd writes popular history with the skill of a novelist telling a good story. This book is an excellent introduction to the study of Tudor England. Well recommended for general readers.
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Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I 5. Januar 2014
Von Meredith Allard - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Since reading Peter Ackroyd’s Dickens, an intensive biography of my favorite author, and his London: A Biography, Ackroyd has been one of my favorite scholars.

I haven’t read the first volume in this series, Foundation, but I didn’t find it necessary. This second volume focuses on a topic I’ve only recently found an interest in, the Tudors, and in this book Ackroyd examines the time of Henry VIII through Elizabeth I. While Ackroyd focuses on the extreme religious reforms that occurred in England throughout this time, there is still enough attention paid to the main players to keep the human interest story alive.

The Tudor period hadn’t been one that caught my attention until I watched the show The Tudors. I love historical stories enough to know that poetic license can be taken when telling them, and I know the history presented in the television show often wasn’t the way it occurred in life. After I saw the show I read Hilary Mantel’s fictional Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. I also read Alison Weir’s biography Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World. I came into Ackroyd’s book with some knowledge of the period and the important players, though prior knowledge isn’t necessary to enjoying Ackroyd’s book. Ackroyd gives enough background information to clue readers in about his subject.

Ackroyd is not only a great researcher and scholar, but he is also a fine writer. For someone who loves history as much as I do, I don’t love reading history books because they’re not particularly engaging. I find other history books to read like, well, history books--lists of facts that hold as much interest for me as mathematical equations (which hold no interest for me). But Ackroyd’s prose is engaging, and his book reads as though it was written with a master fiction writer’s hand.

Ackroyd’s research filled in the gaping holes of missing information I had about the Tudor period. I had known bits and pieces of the story before, but now I feel I have a more rounded perspective. For anyone with an interest in the Tudor period of British history, Peter Ackroyd’s Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I will quench your thirst for more information.
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Tudors: A History of Englsnd Vol II 24. Juni 2013
Von Blondie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is excellent. So many books & movies on this subject concentrate on Henry's six wives while skimming over other historical facts. It gives a complete picture & continues up until the death of Elizabeth & would be great for anyone studying English History or just interested in reading about life in this period. It's easy to read & answers all the questions.
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A Well-written and Insightful Read 2. September 2014
Von William J. Woolley - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
As the cover of the book suggests Ackroyd's book is more about the Tudors than about the history of England during the short rule of that dynasty. Anyone interested in social or economic developments in the country during this period will need to look elsewhere. In addition the book is aimed sat a popular audience rather than scholars who will likely find nothing new here. All the, however, is more of a warning than a criticism. Ackroyd has a tale to tell and does it well. The book is engagingly written. It is high detailed, but the details are not overwhelming. The principal strength of the book is in the portrayal of the rulers as personalities. Henry VIII emerges as a strong ruler who greatly strengthened the power of the monarchy during his reign. Some readers may be disappointed with his portrayal of Elisabeth with its emphasis on her indecisiveness, but that may be more authentic than the traditional "Gloriana" presentation. However, while the Tudors are the stars of this show, Ackroyd's main interest is in the religious reformation that took place under their guidance. His major point is that the reformation in England was a royal project rather than a movement inspired by religious leaders such as Luther or Calvin. While the Tudors may have been feeling their way along on this project rather than following a clearly defined trajectory, they were still in charge. Indeed, in most cases they seemed to be more concerned in reining in religious radicalism than in overturning the existing religious order. And while Edward VI and Mary may have been primarily motivated by sincere religious convictions, Henry VIII and Elisabeth's primary concerns were political and maintaining the cultural unity of the kingdom. In short, Ackroyd may have written a popular history, but it is an intelligent one.
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