The Tudors: The Kings and Queens of England's Golden Age Book Review

Book: The Tudors: The Kings and Queens of England’s Golden Age
Author: Jane Bingham
Rating: 4 Out 5 Stars

So, this  another book I got with an Amazon ebook credit...The last one actually... It was on sale for $0.99 and it still may be. I’m not sure, but it is a nice book to add your collection if you are a fan of the Tudors. It is a short read, but it does provide a wonderful snapshot of the Tudor kings and queens.

The book is in order of the monarchs reign. We start with Henry VII, who ruled right after the messy and complex conflict known as the War of the Roses. By the way, you don’t have to know a lot about the War of the Roses to read this one. Then, we jump into Henry VIII, Edward VI, Jane Grey, Mary I, and Elizabeth I. It is a lot and it is crammed into a book that is less than three hundred pages. However, I do think that Jane does a wonderful job of condensing each reign and given each monarch a chance to shine...Well, I guess they all didn’t shine.

Jane’s writing is simple and doesn’t read at all like a textbook. I found myself flying through the pages. Though, not all of the events in the monarchs reign was in order and there was some jumping around.  Still, it doesn’t take away the fact that this would be a hardy desk reference book to have.

Not only was there information about the Tudors, but little tid bits about other things that were happening around the country. These pages were well done and really added to what life was like in England during each monarch’s reign. I really enjoyed the bit on Tudor medicine and Hans Holbein, Henry VIII’s painter. I also enjoyed the pictures and how they really set the scene.

Now, once again, this is not a detailed read on the Tudors. It does not mean that it is a bad book to have in your Tudor collection. If you are looking for a quick guide to the Tudor monarchs, then I strongly encourage you to pick up this book. It really is a nice overview of the Tudors.