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House of Treason: The Rise and Fall of the Tudor Dynasty (edition 2010)

by Robert Hutchinson (Author)

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Title:House of Treason: The Rise and Fall of the Tudor Dynasty
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It's about Howard Dukes of Norfolk from Henry VII's reign to Elizabeth I's. ( )
  Elysianfield | Mar 30, 2013 |
House of Treason: Rise and Fall of a Tudor Dynasty is a work of monumental academic proportions. It tells the story of the ill-fated Dukes of Norfolk and is set against the stunning and bejewelled background of the Tudor court.

The book takes us from Henry VII, the 3rd Duke of Norfolk and Bosworth field to the 4th Duke’s son Philip who lost the dukedom under James I but gained canonisation in 1970, embracing the whole glittering Tudor period in which the Norfolks played so vitally important a role.

It is no ‘easy’ read but little wonder. The sheer breadth and depth of content is breathtaking: but do not give up …. the experience is worth every word. ( )
  eas | Jan 21, 2012 |
An absorbing account of the highs and lows of the Howard family, probably the most influential aristocratic families in Tudor England. The book provides fascinating insight into the machinations of the English court in what was the most dangerous period for aristocratic families with a lust for power and wealth in English history, as a succession of aristocrats were executed for treason. The Howard family certainly illustrate this more than most, as for generations they perceived themselves as the power behind the throne and meddled in Royal affairs. During Elizabeth’s reign many members of the family became recusants, also a treasonable offence. So it is no surprise that the first, second, third and fourth Dukes of Norfolk were attainted - accused of treason and their lands and titles confiscated - and several members of the family were executed, most notably two of Henry VIII's Queens, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, and the fourth Duke of Norfolk. Many other members of the family languished in the Tower, often for years. ( )
  riverwillow | Jan 22, 2011 |
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It is a riveting story, splendidly told. It is amazing that academic historians have so often written admiringly of Henry VIII while others have portrayed the 16th century as a glorious age. Robert Hutchinson suffers from no such illusions. Tudor England was as cruel and vile as Stalin’s Russia or Hitler’s Germany. It was a place where spies and informers flourished, where men and women were condemned to death on trumped-up evidence in rigged trials where there was only one possible verdict – guilty. The 3rd Duke characteristically explained while dealing with the prisoners taken after the suppression of the Pilgrimage of Grace, that he had dispensed with trials by indictment because some of those charged might have been found not guilty. The king however was angry because Norfolk had neglected to have the corpses quartered. He had previously ordered the duke to kill his prisoners “without pity or respect”. Stalin and Hitler would have approved
 
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Henry Tudor, the twenty-eight-year-old Earl of Richmond, landed at Milford Haven, on the South Wales coast, on 7 August 1485, is a desperately foolhardy attempt to seize the throne of England.
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An enormously entertaining tale of sex, greed, and treachery at the heart of a Tudor regime sheds new light on the reigns of Henry VII, Henry VIII, and Elizabeth
 
This history of the Howard family—the Dukes of Norfolk—is marked by treason, beheadings, and incarceration—a dynasty whose pride and ambition secured only their downfall. The wealthiest and most powerful aristocrats in Tudor England—regarding themselves as the true power behind the throne—they were certainly extraordinarily influential, with two Howard women marrying Henry VIII—Anne Boleyn and the 15-year-old Catherine Howard. But in the treacherous world of the Tudor court no faction could afford to rest on its laurels. The Howards consolidated their power with an awesome web of schemes and conspiracies, but even they could not always hold their enemies at bay.

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This title tells the story of the Dukes of Norfolk. The richest and most powerful noble family in Britain, after the king himself, they regarded themselves as the power behind the throne and regularly tried to act as 'kingmakers'. Originally published: London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2009.… (more)

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