Intrigue and TreasonThe Tudor Court, 1547-1558
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With Elizabeth and Henry VIII dominant, the Tudor world still captures the popular imagination today. Yet how did the court change from Henry's ruggedly masculine environment to Elizabeth's feminine world? This book meticulously analyses events from the school room of Edward, through Mary and Philip's reign and right through to the era of Elizabeth's loving virgin circle. It charts how the court changed through a series of plots, affairs and religious rollercoasters that sent seismic waves reaching to the heart of the royal family.For readers interested in the early monarchy.
List of Illustrations
1. The Functioning of the Court 1540-1547
The Court During the Protectorate 1547-49
Educating and Entertaining a Prince
The Politics of the Court 1550-53
The Succession Crisis of July 1553
The Court of a femme seule
The Declining Years 1555-58
The Eye of the Storm
Appendix I The Structure of the Court
Appendix II The Chief Officers of the Court
David Loades is Honorary Research Professor at the University of Sheffield. His previous publications include 'The Tudor Court' (1992) and 'Elizabeth I' (2003).
'This is a penetrating and colourful study of the mid-Tudor Court. Loades has responded to both the revived interest in Edwardian and Marian politics and the current fascination with the Court to explore and demonstrate the role of the royal home as a political arena and the heart of government. He also provides fresh, stimulating and important assessments of Philip, Elizabeth and other focal figures.'
Michael Graves, University of Auckland
'...an excellent survey of the most difficult period of Tudor history.'
'...well worth reading for those with an interest in Tudor England, or more broadly, Renaissance monarchy in Europe.'
Victoria Stater, American Historical Review, February 2006
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