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New Worlds, Lost Worlds: The Rule of the…

New Worlds, Lost Worlds: The Rule of the Tudors, 1485-1603

by Susan Brigden

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Pretty uneven- the sections on Ireland were almost impossible to follow, and there was far too much about the endless, pointless court 'politics' of the Tudors. Do you really care to read functional history about Elizabeth's favorites? That stuff's best left to HBO. When Brigden writes about everyday life and religious strife, the book's much more interesting. When she writes about the structures of government at the time, it's not interesting in the same way but I can see those sections as an important part of understanding the times. She refers every now and then to the causes behind the Great Men and Women's actions (population rates, agricultural/ economic history, and so on) but never discusses them at any length. I'm also very confused, because although it's only 360 odd pages long, it feels like a 500 page book. Part of this is that it's just not a great read; but the pages also seem wide. Not much in the way of margins, either. Is this a cost-cutting measure? In any case, it took me forever to read. ( )
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No period in British history has more resonance and mystery today than the sixteenth century. New Worlds, Lost Worlds brings the atmosphere and events of this great epoch to life. Exploring the underlying religious motivations for the savage violence and turbulence of the period-from Henry VIII's break with Rome to the overwhelming threat of the Spanish Armada-Susan Brigden investigates the actions and influences of such near-mythical figures as Elizabeth I, Thomas More, Bloody Mary, and Sir Walter Raleigh. Authoritative and accessible, New Worlds, Lost Worlds, the latest in the Penguin History of Britain series, provides a superb introduction to one of the most important, compelling, and intriguing periods in the history of the Western world.

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Examines Britain's Tudor dynasty from the rule of the secretive Henry VII and his capricious and ruthless son, Henry VIII, to the reigns of "Bloody Mary" Tudor and her adroit successor, Queen Elizabeth I.

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