Tudor: Passion. Manipulation. Murder. The Story of England's Most Notorious Royal Family

Written by:
Leanda De Lisle
Narrated by:
Tavia Gilbert

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2016
16 hours 22 minutes
The Tudors are England's most notorious royal family. But, as Leanda de Lisle's gripping new history reveals, they are a family still more extraordinary than the one we thought we knew.

The Tudor canon typically starts with the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, before speeding on to Henry VIII and the Reformation. But this leaves out the family's obscure Welsh origins, the ordinary man known as Owen Tudor who would fall (literally) into a Queen's lap-and later her bed. It passes by the courage of Margaret Beaufort, the pregnant thirteen-year-old girl who would help found the Tudor dynasty, and the childhood and painful exile of her son, the future Henry VII. It ignores the fact that the Tudors were shaped by their past-those parts they wished to remember and those they wished to forget.

By creating a full family portrait set against the background of this past, de Lisle enables us to see the Tudor dynasty in its own terms, and presents new perspectives and revelations on key figures and events. De Lisle discovers a family dominated by remarkable women doing everything possible to secure its future; shows why the princes in the Tower had to vanish; and reexamines the bloodiness of Mary's reign, Elizabeth's fraught relationships with her cousins, and the true significance of previously overlooked figures. Throughout the Tudor story, Leanda de Lisle emphasizes the supreme importance of achieving peace and stability in a violent and uncertain world, and of protecting and securing the bloodline.

Tudor is bristling with religious and political intrigue but at heart is a thrilling story of one family's determined and flamboyant ambition.
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Robert B.

This is not a sanitized version of history. Deception and treachery smeared throughout the generations. Brutal, but interesting.

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Kristen N.

If you love history, you gotta listen to this book. Fantastic research and writing and narration.

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Jade W.

I enjoyed this overview of the Tudor period and the narration was good but some mispronunciations of English towns which is fair enough when you’re not from England

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Patrick M.

I enjoy this work more than I anticipated. So well written and crammed full of historically information presented in an easy to follow and understand format. The narration is also just splendid

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Great book … gave a fantastic insight into Tudor life in general as well as royalty

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I enjoyed reading the history of a faction of the royal family. It’s interesting to see how protective of family lines they were. It’s still true today…it’s about power. It is lengthy but I find history reveals much about who we are today.

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Betsy M.

I'm enjoying the stories; especially because they're true; but a paper version of this book would probably be better. I'd like to be able to look back and remind myself who is being referenced (so many people named Henry, Elizabeth, Edward, Margaret, John).

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Lada S.

Highly interesting with some graphic details.

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