The Tudors in Love: The Courtly Code Behind the Last Medieval Dynasty (Hardback)Sarah Gristwood (author)
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Gristwood reveals how the Tudor dynasty indulged in the codes of courtly love and medieval chivalry in this engrossing and highly entertaining tome.
Why 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?
The 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.
Not 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.
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
'Sarah Gristwood's book is a masterclass in marshalling a vast canon of research into a riveting, pacy page-turner... Here are the Tudors - and a good few others - as you have never seen them before.' - Alison Weir
'One of the most important books to be written about the Tudors in a generation.' - Tracy Borman, author of The Private Lives of the Tudors
'With verve and erudition Gristwood takes us to the dark heart of courtly love and exposes the deadly Tudor dance of sex and power.' - Leanda de Lisle, author of Tudor: The Family Story
'Meticulously researched and beautifully crafted into a narrative that reads like a romance, prepare to see the Tudors as you've never seen them before. The Tudors in Love is a magnificent work of art painted by one of our most exceptional historians. Nobody writes like Sarah Gristwood, truly stunning.' - Nicola Tallis, author of Uncrowned Queen
'Captivating and entrancing, the exquisitely detailed The Tudors in Love explores the entanglements of love, sex, marriage and politics in the Tudor dynasty, revealing how the famously spectacular love affairs intersected with political propaganda and the business of governing, and how the medieval game of courtly love became pressed into the business of shoring up a brand-new monarchy. Full of insight and fascinating.' - Kate Williams, author of Rival Queens
'One of the most important books to be written about the Tudors in a generation. The seductively rich prose and endlessly engaging narrative bring an entirely fresh perspective to this celebrated dynasty. By placing courtly love on an equal footing with war, politics and religion, Sarah Gristwood unlocks the Tudor mindset - with fascinating and often surprising results. Never mind the Tudors, I'm in love...with this book.' - Tracy Borman, author of The Private Lives of the Tudors
'Gristwood handles multiple narrative strands with tremendous finesse... Densely packed with fascinating material, this immensely ambitious undertaking succeeds triumphantly.' - Literary Review on Game of Queens
'Sarah Gristwood's study of the brilliant, beleaguered and often bloody difficult women who kept Europe going in the sixteenth century is compelling, clear-eyed, beautifully rendered and never-more-timely.' - Jessie Childs on Game of Queens
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