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The House of Dudley

A New History of Tudor England

Dr Joanne Paul



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04 July 2022
Kingmakers but never kings, traitors at the heart of power, innocents married for the sake of family ambition - meet the House of Dudley
Every Tudor monarch made their name with a Dudley by their side - or by crushing one beneath their feet.

The Dudley's thrived at the court of Henry VII, but were sacrificed for the popularity of Henry VIII. Rising to prominence in the reign of Edward VI, the Dudley's lost it all by advancing Jane Grey to the throne over Mary I. Under Elizabeth I, the family were once again at the centre of power. This time, they would do anything to remain there . . .

With three generations of executed favourites, what caused this family to keep rising so high and falling so low?
 The House of Dudley: A New History of Tudor England

Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 40mm
Weight:   769g
ISBN:   9780241349823
ISBN 10:   0241349826
Pages:   528
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Joanne Paul is a Renaissance and Early Modern Historian at the University of Sussex. Her work has featured in BBC History Magazine, History Today and Prospect. In 2017, Joanne was selected to be one of ten BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinkers. She currently runs the Primary Sources: Conversations with History Makers podcast.

Reviews for The House of Dudley: A New History of Tudor England

Exciting and immersive. An immensely entertaining history, capturing in full Tudor brilliance the cut-throat glamour of the English throne and the most audacious family to play its game * Sunday Times * House of Dudley is a full-blooded affair, as good on the horrors of war as it is on the soft power of the Dudley women, and written in a lively, episodic style that presents each Dudley as a foil to the monarch they served -- Jessie Childs Breathes new life into an old and familiar Tudor story. [She] negotiates the labyrinth of Tudor politics with skill, producing a book much more comprehensible and illuminating than others I've read . . . It's delightful, a joy to read * The Times, BOOK OF THE WEEK * This is riveting stuff: death, desire, power and scandal. Paul has made the most of it, producing a well written and historically grounded page-turner . . . Game of Thrones looks tame compared with the real-life machinations of the Dudleys and the Tudors * Spectator * Joanne Paul's account of this family is rich and compelling. She manages to hit that sweet spot where scholarly history overlaps with dramatic storytelling; she conjures up the look and feel of Tudor life, down to the clothes, the medicines and the furniture, while also being a skilful filler-in of political background . . . Whether or not you have ever succumbed to Mantelmania, you will find yourself drawn in, fascinated, and richly informed * Telegraph * Brimming with power struggles, ambition and intrigue, this is the untold story of one of the most notorious families of the Tudor era. A spectacular achievement -- Nicola Tallis, critically-acclaimed author of 'Uncrowned Queen: The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort, Tudor Matriarch' Absorbing, meticulously researched and expertly executed. A tale of intrigue and manipulation that will lead you through the very dark corridors of Tudor history -- Lindsey Fitzharris, acclaimed author of 'The Butchering Art' Praise for Joanne Paul -- - Brilliant and lucid. This is an original and illuminating work that should be compulsory -- Suzannah Lipscomb

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