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Book Suggestions & Selections
"Agnes Bowker's Cat: Travesies and Transgressions in Tudor & Stuart England" by David Cressy
"The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers "
by Margaret George
Much has been written about the mighty, egotistical Henry VIII: the man who dismantled the Church because it would not grant him the divorce he wanted; who married six women and beheaded two of them; who executed his friend Thomas ore; who sacked the monasteries; who longed for a son and neglected his daughters, Mary and Elizabeth; who finally grew fat, disease-ridden, dissolute. Now, in her magnificent work of storytelling and imagination Margaret George bring us Henry VIII's story as he himself might have told it, in memoirs interspersed with irreverent comments from his jester and confident, Will Somers. Brilliantly combining history, wit, dramatic narrative, and an extraordinary grasp of the pleasures and perils of power, this monumental novel shows us Henry the man more vividly than he has ever been seen before.
"Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics" by Eleanor Herman
New York Times bestselling historian Eleanor Herman wrote Sex with Kings—a history of royal mistresses—and Sex with the Queen—a look at queens' love affairs. Herman has hosted episodes for the National Geographic Channel and The History Channel's Lost Worlds series. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, she is married and lives in McLean, Virginia.
In royal courts bristling with testosterone—swashbuckling generals, polished courtiers, and virile cardinals—how did repressed regal ladies find happiness?
Margaret George's newest novel about the most famous of all monarchs is packed with witty dialogue, and historical gossip. This book is superb. George tells a wonderful part of Elizabeth's reign, her older years after the beheading of Mary Q of Scots, and the battle and peril of the Spanish Armada. Her viewpoint about the new world and the age of discovery is the focus of this book. Characters like Raleigh, and other naval captains and discoverers involved with the coming of new products and peoples of the new world are introduced, and well described. Elizabeth had such brilliance and wit, that we chuckle as we read her thought process. A strong recommendation for this beautifully written novel.
|"The First |
Queen of England"
Written by Linda Porter, a very insightful book about the life of Queen Mary I, from infancy to death. The book, written in 2007 works with the most recent research to dispel the "Bloody Mary" myth which has haunted Mary for 450 years.
"A richly researched, marvelously realized historical biography" -- Daily Telegraph (UK)
"Porter brings clarity to complex issues and paints a vivid portrait of Tudor court life" -- Associated Press (UK)
"This well-researched biography about "Bloody Mary" is fascinating. I loved the way the author shattered the misconception we have of her" -- Women's Own
|Try The Last Boleyn by Karen Harper if you'd like to read about Mary Boleyn. It's an interesting tale. Gives much insight to not only Mary but also Princess Mary, Henry's sister, Francois I of France and Mary's relationship with the courtiers of Henry's court.|
"History Matters: Patriarchy and the Challenge of Feminism" by Judith M. Bennett
who is Professor of History at the University of Southern California. She is the author of numerous books, including Ale, Beer and Brewsters in England: Women's Work in a Changing World, 1300-1600 and Women in the Medieval English Countryside: Gender and Household in Brigstock Before the Plague.
Written for everyone interested in women's and gender history, History Matters reaffirms the importance to feminist theory and activism of long-term historical perspectives.
required reading for anyone who believes studying history "for its own sake alone" misses the revolutionary potential of the enterprise. -- CHOICE, July 2007
"This is a book that will help us think deeper, and better, about the history we practice and its impact in the world."--Laura Gowing, King's College, London
"This is a remarkable work, at once erudite, insightful, witty, provocative, and analytically brilliant. Bennett writes with narrative verve and energy that captures the reader in both her compelling argument and detailed evidence."--Bonnie G. Smith, Rutgers University
"Bennett argues convincingly that our understanding of modern women's condition and contemporary feminist dilemmas must be rooted in the longue durée. From that perspective, we can develop a more nuanced and sophisticated analysis of the 'patriarchal equilibrium' that has so long constrained women's lives and efforts to transform them."--Nancy A. Hewitt, Rutgers University
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|royalfalcon||Tudor Book Read Poll (factual books) (page: 1 2)||27||Aug 29 2011, 5:28 AM EDT by royalfalcon|
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Reign of Henry VIII by David Starkey
Jane Boleyn - The Infamous Lady Rochford by Julia Fox
In the Lions Court ( Power, Ambition and Sudden
Death in the reign of Henry VIII) by Derek Wilson
Henry VIII's last Victim
The Life & Times of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey by Jessie Childs
The Rise & Fall of Anne Boleyn by Retha Warnicke
Graven with Diamonds - Sir Thomas Wyatt by Nicola Shulman
Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir
The Tudors The Complete Story of Englands Most Notorious Dynasty by G.J.Meyer
Every person wishing to take part in the book read please place just one plus against the book of your choice and every subsequent voter please adjust the number. At the end of ten days I will count the scores and the most popular two will be the ones we will read.. We will also have a thread for the fictional books and again the top two we read. So we end up with our four books, but it will be a lot quicker than the original idea. Closing date for your vote 26th August. Please note everybody only votes once - this is not a daily vote.
|royalfalcon||Book Read Fictional Books (page: 1 2)||23||Aug 26 2011, 11:56 AM EDT by HeverRose|
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The Tudor Secret by C.W.Gortner
Dissolution by C.J..Sansom
The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn by Robin Maxwell
The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
To Die For - A Novel of Anne Boleyn by Sandra Byrd
Elizabeth I by Margaret George
The Secret Bride by Diane Haeger
Murder Most Royal by Jean Plaidy
His Last Letter by Jeane Westin
Plain Jane by Laurien Gardner
The Last Boleyn by Karen Harper
The Lady of Cleves by Margaret Campbell Barnes
Falcon Chronicles by Lauren Effein
Please place just one plus by the book of your choice and subsequent voters please adjust the score. There will not be a minus and there is only one vote per person.. The poll will close on the 26th August. We will select the top two books here and the top two on the factual poll and then we will have our four to read first.
Any queries please send me a message. Many thanks. Please note this is not a daily vote. You just vote once for your favourite. Many thanks.
|tudorcrazy||Elizabeth 1st Margaret George||3||Aug 15 2011, 6:46 PM EDT by Conyle|
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Her latest offering and what a treat. Beautiful in every way, this novel talks about the end of Elizabeth's reign, and her struggle with the Spanish Armada. She writes this tale in the first person of 2 characters,Elizabeth, and Lettice Knollys, Mother of Dudley's stepson, the onger earl of Essex. She inserts humorous insights, like the invention of the toilet, Elizabeth's struggles with menopause, and provides a wonderful in sight into this most famous monarch. She loved her people, and really saw herself as England's Mother intil the day she died
|tudorcrazy||margaret george (page: 1 2)||28||Nov 15 2010, 8:17 AM EST by MsSquirrly|
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this was my first Tudor book, that started my fascination with Henry and his wives. I found it a marvelous read, and have been reading ever since. When The Tudors came out, I have been in heaven, even though there are historical inaccuracies. I am quite surprised that they do not really portray Mary Boleyn in George's fashion, or that Will Somers is excluded as a character. I also loved her book on Mary Q of Scots, and recommend them both.
She really shows Henry's progression, as a young lusty man, of numerous talents, who slowly degenerates into a divided and tortured monster. He was a genius though, and I think Anne Boleyn was as well, whch really explains why Elizabeth was so intellectually gifted. It also points out why she is so devoted to never marrying, or having children.
4 out of 4 found this valuable. Do you?
|Bluevanillalady||A Parisian journal 1405-1449||11||Sep 10 2009, 6:20 PM EDT by juliana-angela|
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All though this book is not specifically Tudor it gives an interested insight into the begining of the of the Tudor reign on the French side of things. It is from a citizens view of Paris during these years however you see the reaction and events that happened while the French and English were aligning in marriages that resulted in the birth of Henry VI. How this was celebrated in France. As well it gives a very graphic account of the events and life surrounding Paris in the early 15th century during the 100 years war. It was very eye opening to read about the life of a 15th century Parisien. I highly recommend this book if you are able to find a copy.
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