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The Tudor period (1485 to 1603) marks in the minds of many the emergence of an English national identity. Defined by the iconic figure of the virgin queen – Elizabeth I – it witnessed the end of the dynastic uncertainties of the Wars of the Roses, the creation and triumph of the Protestant Church; the successful repulsion of a foreign invader and the beginnings of the adveThe Tudor period (1485 to 1603) marks in the minds of many the emergence of an English national identity. Defined by the iconic figure of the virgin queen – Elizabeth I – it witnessed the end of the dynastic uncertainties of the Wars of the Roses, the creation and triumph of the Protestant Church; the successful repulsion of a foreign invader and the beginnings of the adventure of empire; the blossoming of a sublimely gifted generation of musical composers, including Thomas Tallis and William Byrd; and the flowering of English poetry and drama, culminating in the glories of Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare. But it was also a period wracked by rebellion, invasion scares, sectarian strife, and – increasingly – by worries about dynastic succession.The Tudor Chronicles is a compelling, year-by-year chronology of this tumultuous and critical period in the development of the modern English nation. Each year is covered by a concise, informative and accessible narrative, amplified by extensive quotations from contemporary sources and accompanied by generously captioned and stunning images of the period – including portraits, maps, illuminations, royal seals, tapestries and other artifacts.Authoritative, informative and sumptuous, and compiled by a scholar who is steeped in knowledge of the period, The Tudor Chronicles brings a glorious era of English history dramatically and vividly to life. It is the perfect gift book for anyone with a love of, or fascination for, 16th-century English history....

Title : The Tudor Chronicles: 1485-1603
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ISBN : 9781435109391
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 416 Pages
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The Tudor Chronicles: 1485-1603 Reviews

  • Chase Parsley
    2019-05-01 09:16

    For fans of history, this book is not to be missed. Doran writes in prose easily understood by readers of all levels, and the book is packed with art and primary documents. It all goes by fast - it is written in a year-by-year format - and there were many times when I had to research stuff on my own out of curiosity and/or thirst for more knowledge. There is so much fascinating stuff that happens throughout the 1500s that you cannot help but love the book. It makes a great companion with its sister book, the Plantagenet Chronicles.

  • Erin H
    2019-05-21 02:13

    An excellent resource to one of my favorite royal families. This spanned from the Reign of Henry VII until Elizabeth I and it was very informative. I especially love anything having to do with Henry VIII and I always learn something new about each of his wives. This was an overall beautiful book, I liked the art that was chosen and I really liked reading about the people that dealt with this royal family.

  • Krista
    2019-05-18 01:07

    An absolute must-read for anyone interested in the Tudor Dynasty. This book is physically enormous, and contains beautiful full color pictures of maps, portraits, and other artifacts from the time period. I loved how it went year-to-year with events, separating each monarch in their own section. It's the quintessential larger-than-life book chronicling the larger-than-life monarchs that have only gotten more prominent in the 450 years since they reigned.

  • Sarah Bryson
    2019-05-16 06:13

    This is a book I would most certainly recommend to anyone who has an interest in the Tudor period of English history. This book is defiantly a keeper and a brilliant reference for Tudor history. Within these pages Susan Doran basically covers the reigns of Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth 1 – the Tudor period from 1485 – 1603. (She very briefly touches on Lady Jane Grey).The downside of this book is that trying to cover a one hundred and eighteen year period makes it difficult to include a lot of detail – and detail is what this book lacks. While the book outlines a basic skeleton of each year of these amazing Tudor monarchs it is unable to go into any great detail about the events that transpired each passing year. Doran gives us a framework in which, as a Tudor fan, I am encouraged to go out and research more about the happenings she briefly mentions. I think it is a wonderful platform to step up from, to start learning about the Tudor period. I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone just learning about the Tudor reign as there are so many interesting moments and people and you can use this information to go out and learn more.What I find absolutely captivating about this book is not so much the textual content but the incredible imagery. This book is filled, from the front cover right through to the back cover, with the most amazing, beautiful and interesting portraits, images, paintings, images of coins, medallions, artefacts, clothing etc. etc. right throughout 1485 – 1603. The images within these pages are what make this book a must have piece on anyone’s bookshelf! Every single page contains an image, portrait, painting, piece of literature taken directly from the Tudor period. Some of these images, portraits, paintings, medallions etc. are over five hundred years old and utterly breathtaking! The images are large and perfectly printed giving so much intricate detail that I found myself pausing and staring at a portrait or manuscript for long periods of time! Nearly all of the people that Susan Doran mentioned within the book have portraits and they are included so that as you read you can see just who the people were as well as reading a little about them.Doran doesn’t just include English references, she includes portraits from people all over Europe – Kings, Queens, Religious members, manuscripts, books – stunning images from all sorts of people who played a role in the period of the Tudors. I utterly LOVED this book, and although the text is not very detailed, the extraordinary amount of images, portraits, manuscripts, letters etc. etc. included within the pages more than makes up for the lack of detail. I would most certainly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the Tudor period. It is a great resource and more so that it gives you a complete and extensive collection of imagery during the Tudor period. It is a rather expensive book (actually very expensive!) but if you can buy it I would most certainly recommend you do, it’s a brilliant resource for any Tudor fan!

  • Thalia
    2019-05-15 06:21

    I think a better title for this volume would be "The Tudors: an Illustrated Chronology". Year by year of the dynasty it discusses important events acompanied by many visuals. The written part is brief and "safe" (Doran sticks to what is commonly believed - no mention of more recent suggestions) although i'm sure I percieved a little religious bias. I really enjoyed the book and would recommend pairing this volume with Meyer's The Tudors: The Complete Story of England's Most Notorious Dynasty for a more complete rendering should you be interested. I loved the pictures. Excellent addition to the Tudorphiles library.

  • Julie
    2019-05-23 02:29

    Any Tudor-phile will appreciate this thoroughly comprehensive and beautiful volume. It documents the entire dynasty year by year and is full of gorgeous color images, paintings, document facsimiles, and contemporary accounts. It is incredibly detailed, occasionally tedious, recounting every privy appointment and title, political maneuverings on the continent, treasonous plots, executions, riots and every last element of Tudor life. Of course, the latter half of the book is dedicated to Elizabeth I and her long reign. It becomes mildly redundant with assassination attempts, naval expeditions, and administration. Regardless of any monotony, this is an incredible resource covering all aspects of the six Tudor monarchs.

  • John Gunderson
    2019-04-28 08:15

    A textbook about English history? Only a nerd would read that for entertainment! Well, I am that nerd. One of the more fascinating periods of world history is Europe's emergence from the dark ages and the Tudor family add a flair of drama for entertainment. A succinct encompassing of the family's reign, it lacks somewhat in the dramatic details you might find in a more detailed, concentrated text. However, if you seek to place events in a timeline, this is the book for you. I recommend this to my fellow history lovers as a springboard into learning the Tudor dynasty and the constant conflict in Western Europe during the reign. If you want to be entertained by mesmerizing tales of deceit, glory, and adultery, you may want to look elsewhere.

  • Ann
    2019-04-24 02:30

    If you are interested in Tudor history, this is a good read. Doran summarizes the reigns of Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, and provides a wonderful overview of the entire dynasty. The writing is clear and comfortable to read, and the pictures allow you to put faces with the many names and events spoken of. There is a geneological chart in the back, which is very helpful. I do with the author had included a map of what Europe looked like during the period. Otherwise, I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it.

  • Matthew
    2019-05-18 01:04

    I enjoyed this book as I did the others in the series. The strict chronological sequence events gives the reader a perspective that traditional biographies don't. The downside is that it also separates related in events in time making it easy to overlook or underestimate important events. Overall it is a good book to read and has a lot of first-hand accounts that are quoted in side windows and is well illustrated.

  • Katie Shepherd
    2019-05-20 04:12

    Highly engrossing and richly informative and containing lots of interesting photographs, this is a very detailed look into the lives of the Tudors.

  • Ladyc
    2019-04-27 06:23

    well written and the pictures are superb.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-11 06:20

    Definitely a beautiful coffee table book. A must have if you love the Tudor era

  • Ashley Dallas
    2019-05-23 04:31

    This is a great book and reference for anybody interested in the Tudor family..... it covered a very interesting time but you really need to love reading history to enjoy this book.

  • Rebekah Lewis
    2019-05-05 09:10

    GREAT PHOTOSThe written stuff is not too bad... I use this book for costume inspiration.

  • Bridgett
    2019-05-14 07:08

    Absolutely love the pictures inside, the hard cover, the text book quality. This would be an amazing resource for any Tudor Fan. Definitely worth reading. I checked for lower prices though.

  • Melody
    2019-05-09 02:22

    Beautiful images

  • Michelle's Book
    2019-05-15 07:13

    I was given an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. This book cover is on my Pinterest board and my blog, Michelle Dragalin’s Journey.

  • Karen Hood
    2019-05-08 03:31

    good, lots of pictures

  • Kimberly Ann
    2019-05-03 04:14

    who knows? who remembers... shelfari sure doesn't!

  • Jacki
    2019-05-15 03:28

    I am a Tudor buff and I loved this book. Nice illustrations!

  • Chantay
    2019-05-19 01:15

    This had to be one of the best christmas gifts given to me. It's a encylodpedia (sic) any Tudorophile could want and needs.

  • Simon
    2019-05-06 01:04

    A superbly illustrated chronicle of the Tudor age, with plenty of excellent images of paintings and other works of art.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-16 02:10

    Huge volume, lots to read

  • Andrea
    2019-05-02 06:22

    I have been re-reading this as we watch the Tudors. This book breaks down each year of each monarch's reign. It's funny how they can span 5 or 6 years of history in a 50 minute episode!

  • Kelly
    2019-04-23 07:11

    This book is so informative. I love all of it, and the pictures are beautiful.

  • Trish
    2019-05-01 08:26

    My daughter and future son-in-law purchased this book for me for Christmas. It's awesome and has a prominent spot on the coffee table. Now I need the Plantagenet Chronicles.

  • Kyle
    2019-05-14 07:14

    More of a coffee table book than anything, but still an informative read.