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Tudors: The History of England, Volume II

Peter Ackroyd

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Macmillan
03 July 2013
History; British & Irish history; Early modern history: c 1450 to c 1700
Rich in detail and atmosphere and told in vivid prose, Tudors recounts the transformation of England from a settled Catholic country to a Protestant superpower. It is the story of Henry VIII's cataclysmic break with Rome, and his relentless pursuit of both the perfect wife and the perfect heir; of how the brief reign of the teenage king, Edward VI, gave way to the violent reimposition of Catholicism and the stench of bonfires under Bloody Mary . It tells, too, of the long reign of Elizabeth I, which, though marked by civil strife, plots against the queen and even an invasion force, finally brought stability.

Above all, however, it is the story of the English Reformation and the making of the Anglican Church. At the beginning of the sixteenth century, England was still largely feudal and looked to Rome for direction; at its end, it was a country where good governance was the duty of the state, not the church, and where men and women began to look to themselves for answers rather than to those who ruled them.

PRAISE FOR THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND SERIES Ackroyd's trademark insight and wit, and the glorious interconnectedness of all things, permeate each page Observer Ackroyd writes with such lightly worn erudition and a deceptive ease that he never fails to engage Daily Telegraph In pages of limpid detail, Ackroyd makes history accessible to the layman Ian Thomson, Independent
By:   Peter Ackroyd
Imprint:   Macmillan
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Unabridged
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 131mm,  Spine: 35mm
Weight:   398g
ISBN:   9781447236818
ISBN 10:   1447236815
Series:   The History of England
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   03 July 2013
Recommended Age:   16
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning novelist, as well as a broadcaster, biographer, poet and historian. He is the author of the acclaimed non-fiction bestsellers, Thames: Sacred River and London: The Biography. He holds a CBE for services to literature and lives in London.

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