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asdibbens
Asdibbens  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 423)
Mon, 28th Apr '08 1:16 PM

LOOKING FOR A GOOD SHORTER BOOK ON THE TUDORS

I started reading a well written biography of Charles I and the beginning of his life is all tangled up with the events related to Elizabeth, his father and his grandmother Mary and many others I'm not as familiar with. So now to get a good grip on the period I'm studying, I need to back up and brush up on the Tudors. Any recommendations?

asdibbens
Asdibbens  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 423)
Tue, 29th Apr '08 11:49 AM

Okay, I've talked myself out of a shorter book. A good biography of Elizabeth would probably be the best.

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Tue, 29th Apr '08 3:11 PM

Alison Weir wrote several VERY good books on the Tudors. They're not really SHORT books, but they are interesting and read very quickly. I highly recommend them!

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 260.8 - Posts: 2770)
Wed, 30th Apr '08 3:12 AM

I suppose it depends on your potential enjoyment, or need, to read several further books!
I just wonder if, for the level of info needed as background, if the Internet wouldn't provide?
Or one of the many more detailed reference books (for future use as well). For instance I have "British Kings & Queens", Mike Ashley, published by Robinson (London) 1999. Some 800 pages giving ample detail per monarch for background info.

asdibbens
Asdibbens  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 423)
Wed, 30th Apr '08 12:20 PM

Thanks! Will definitely check into those.

The danger is getting swallowed completely by research, but even if it never amounts to anything, it is a lot more interesting to me than reading the latest bestseller.

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 260.8 - Posts: 2770)
Thu, 1st May '08 4:45 AM

Yep, I'm a research nut too!
Absolutely love getting stuck into a project.
Trouble is, I don't then want to leave it, to the disgust of the real world around me (e.g. wife!).
And I never feel I've finished. Am still delving, adding, rewriting a book that was supposed to have been published pre-2000!
Internet, of course, compounded this times infinity!
The hours I 'waste' chatting via newsgroups in various history/geography/travel subjects to which I belong. But it ain't wasted - it's great!
And, of course, then along came Sploofus ...................

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Fri, 2nd May '08 11:32 AM

Jim, I'd have to second Alan's suggestion, that book has a ton of great information on each of the kings (I listened to it on audio, it was like 36 hours long!!) However, if you want specific time periods, Alison Weir is the way to go. Also, Margaret George wrote a GREAT fiction book on Henry VIII (The Autobiography of Henry VIII), which is a terrifically easy and fun read and quite historically accurate.

asdibbens
Asdibbens  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 423)
Sat, 3rd May '08 2:56 AM

The historical novel might be an excellent choice since it is likely to concentrate on scene setting details and personal mannerisms to supplement the factual information from the other books. The Charles I biography has some nice details, but in other parts it gets a little rushed and you lose a sense of his character.

Does the Ashley book happen to go back to Alfred the Great?


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