The Tudors by G.J. Meyer
The Complete Story of England's Most Notorious Dynasty

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15 Critic Reviews

...provides intriguing profiles of the era’s many other interesting characters, including Thomas Wolsey, Elizabeth Barton, Luther, Calvin, Thomas More and numerous popes. Energetic and comprehensive.
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

BONUS: This edition contains a The Tudors discussion guide.

Acclaimed historian G. J. Meyer provides a fresh look at the fabled Tudor dynasty—and some of the most enigmatic figures ever to rule a country. In 1485, Henry Tudor, whose claim to the English throne was so weak as to be almost laughable, nevertheless sailed from France with a ragtag army to take the crown from the family that had ruled England for almost four centuries. Fifty years later, his son, Henry VIII, aimed to seize even greater powers—ultimately leaving behind a brutal legacy that would blight the lives of his children and the destiny of his country. Edward VI, a fervent believer in reforming the English church, died before realizing his dream. Mary I, the disgraced daughter of Catherine of Aragon, tried and failed to reestablish the Catholic Church and produce an heir, while Elizabeth I sacrificed all chance of personal happiness in order to survive. 

The Tudors presents the sinners and saints, the tragedies and triumphs, the high dreams and dark crimes, of this enthralling era.
 

About G.J. Meyer

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G. J. MEYER is the author of The Tudors and A World Undone, as well as The Memphis Murders (recipient of an Edgar Award for Nonfiction) and Executive Blues. He has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Harper's, and many other newspapers and magazines, and was awarded a Nieman Fellowship by Harvard University. Meyer lives in England.




Author Residence: Wiltshire, England




Author Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
 
Published February 20, 2010 by Delacorte Press. 641 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Tudors
All: 15 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Good

...provides intriguing profiles of the era’s many other interesting characters, including Thomas Wolsey, Elizabeth Barton, Luther, Calvin, Thomas More and numerous popes. Energetic and comprehensive.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jan 04 2010

History buffs will savor Meyer's cheeky, nuanced, and authoritative perspective on an entire dynasty, and his study brims with enriching background discussions...

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Lidia de Leon on May 17 2011

... the book is also a refreshing reality-check grounded in fact after the entertaining fictions of the recent past that have figured in the public imagination, most notably The Tudors, the TV series on Showtime, which took the term “historical license” to a new — and outrageous — level.

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Blog Critics

Good
on May 17 2011

Both serious students of 16th-Century England and those with a passing interest in the period will find The Tudors: The Complete Story of England’s Most Notorious Dynasty by G.J. Meyer a comprehensive look at that momentous span of history...

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Jack Goodstein on Jul 04 2010

Meyer's book is carefully researched and well documented. It is written with style and panache. He seems to recognize that he is dealing with the stuff that would be on the covers of today's scandal rags and the crawls of the twenty-four hour news channels, and he writes with the kind of wit and scorn such material often deserves.

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Blog Critics

Good
on Jul 04 2010

Meyer's book is carefully researched and well documented. It is written with style and panache.

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National Post arts

Below average
Reviewed by National Post Staff on Mar 20 2010

His work is a wide-ranging synthesis of the latest historical research on the period. However, in his attempt to chip away the carapace of myth and mythologizing, he goes too far in the opposite direction.

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Dallas News

Above average
on Mar 07 2010

The old conception of the Tudors was "builders of England's glory;" Meyer shows them stripped of that glory, and closer to what you think...they truly were.

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Seattle PI

Good
Reviewed by Lidia de Leon on May 17 2011

Now out in paperback, the book is also a refreshing reality-check grounded in fact after the entertaining fictions of the recent past that have figured in the public imagination...

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Seattle PI

Good
Reviewed by Jack Goodstein on Apr 26 2011

Meyer's book is carefully researched and well documented. It is written with style and panache...He takes a sensationalistic subject and treats it with the jaundiced eye it deserves.

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Huntington News

Good
on Mar 06 2011

If you've read books about individuals of the period, read Meyer's book to tie the loose ends together, as well as providing a world view of this historical period.

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Huntington News

Good
Reviewed by David M. Kinchen on Mar 03 2010

The Tudors is graphic proof that truth is stranger -- and more horrific -- than fiction. If you've read books about individuals of the period, read Meyer's book to tie the loose ends together, as well as providing a world view of this historical period.

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NJ.com

Good
on Feb 28 2010

Meyer’s book is a rich and vibrant tapestry depicting England’s most notorious — and most remembered — monarchs.

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Shiny Book Review

Good
on Jan 09 2012

The Tudor dynasty will forever remain one of the most enigmatic families of all time, and the author does a fantastic job of bringing them back to life. A definite must-have book for the history buff in us all.

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Tudor Book Reviews

Above average
Reviewed by Claire on Sep 14 2011

Would I recommend this book to academics or those specialising in a particular Tudor monarch? Probably not, they’re more of an overview and I would recommend individual biographies instead, but these books are a perfect taster, the ideal back ground read on the Tudor period.

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