The Tudors

The Tudors: The Complete Story of England’s Most Notorious Dynasty
G. J. Meyer

The Tudors, long-reigning drama queens and kings of English history, heroes of stage, page and screen (big and small), sit for an unflattering family portrait in this lively general history. The emphasis is, predictably, on Henry VIII and Elizabeth I – founding father Henry VII gets short shrift indeed – and the series of religious reformations the period was wracked by. Though not wildly revisionist, Meyer does have a bit of an axe to grind. His judgment of the Tudor dynasty is harshly critical, seeing Henry and Elizabeth in particular as cruel, intolerant, selfish monsters who generally made life miserable for their subjects. Even “Bloody” Mary gets off lightly in comparison.