The Tudors in Love, a review by Shelley

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Passion and Politics in the Age of England’s Most Famous Dynasty
Sarah Gristwood

St. Martin’s Press
Expected Publication December 13th, 2022
400 pages
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Everyone knows about Henry VIII and all his wives (he had six). I love reading about The Tudors in both fiction and non-fiction formats and I have to admit it was author Philippa Gregory who piqued my interest in them over twenty years ago and for some reason they fascinated me. Sarah Gristwood wrote a well-researched and very compelling take on all matters of the heart and The Tudors.

I was most fascinated by the fact that Henry had so many wives because they could not provide him with a son and heir. Yet, his mistresses had male children he could not claim, what is most surprising is the fact that it was the daughter of the woman he beheaded that ended up rebuilding The Tudor dynasty, and reining for forty-five years, a dynasty that he almost ruined. Elizabeth the first is the daughter of Anne Boleyn and her 45-year reign is generally considered one of the most glorious in English history. She is also known for bypassing on marriage, maybe the start of the women’s movement. Then she herself ending the dynasty for having an heir herself.

I enjoyed this informative and unique look at The Tudors’ lives and loves. I see this author has a wonderful array of books to choose from, both fiction and non-fiction, and I would definitely be reading more from her catalog. That is one of the best compliments I can give an author.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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