‘One of the most important books to be written about the Tudors in a generation.’ Tracy Borman
‘A riveting, pacy page-turner… the Tudors as you’ve never seen them before.’ Alison Weir
did Henry VIII marry six times? Why did Anne Boleyn have to die? Why
did Elizabeth I’s courtiers hail her as a goddess come to earth?
dramas of courtly love have captivated centuries of readers and
dreamers. Yet too often they’re dismissed as something existing only in
books and song – those old legends of King Arthur and chivalric fantasy.
so. In this ground-breaking history, Sarah Gristwood reveals the way
courtly love made and marred the Tudor dynasty. From Henry VIII
declaring himself as the ‘loyal and most assured servant’ of Anne Boleyn
to the poems lavished on Elizabeth I by her suitors, the Tudors
re-enacted the roles of the devoted lovers and capricious mistresses
first laid out in the romances of medieval literature. The Tudors in Love dissects the codes of love, desire and power, unveiling romantic obsessions that have shaped the history of this nation.
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