The Tudors

  • by G. J. Meyer
  • Narrated by Robin Sachs
  • 24 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For the first time in decades, here, in a single volume, is a fresh look at the fabled Tudor dynasty, comprising some of the most enigmatic figures ever to rule a country. Acclaimed historian G. J. Meyer reveals the flesh-and-bone reality in all its wild excess.
In 1485, young Henry Tudor, whose claim to the throne was so weak as to be almost laughable, crossed the English Channel from France at the head of a ragtag little army and took the crown from the family that had ruled England for almost four hundred years. Half a century later his son, Henry VIII, desperate to rid himself of his first wife in order to marry a second, launched a reign of terror aimed at taking powers no previous monarch had even dreamed of possessing. In the process he plunged his kingdom into generations of division and disorder, creating a legacy of blood and betrayal that would blight the lives of his children and the destiny of his country.
The boy king Edward VI, a fervent believer in reforming the English church, died before bringing to fruition his dream of a second English Reformation. Mary I, the disgraced daughter of Catherine of Aragon, tried and failed to reestablish the Catholic Church and produce an heir. And finally came Elizabeth I, who devoted her life to creating an image of herself as Gloriana the Virgin Queen but, behind that mask, sacrificed all chance of personal happiness in order to survive.

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One of the best on Tudor history

What made the experience of listening to The Tudors the most enjoyable?

This is one of the best books I have listened to or read on The Tudors. I know there is no such thing as an unbiased historical account but I really felt the author attempted balance and neutrality. I also enjoyed the fact that Henry VII was included in the story as he often gets forgotten about. I thought this was particularly well told and fascinating start to the Tudor era.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Without even thinking..it is Henry VIII followed by Elizabeth. Their stories are without doubt fascinating and hugely dramatic.


What does Robin Sachs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The reader was particularly professional and easy to listen to.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I wanted to listen to this book little and often to absorb the information and think about the historical characters and events.


Any additional comments?

If you are looking for a book on the Tudor era I would highly recommend this above others. The research is in depth and no stone goes unturned. In my opinion one to listen to many times as there is so much information it is impossible to absorb it all in one read.

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- Deborah Wyman

Not just hand luggage

It's quite clear that Mr Meyer brings a significant amount of baggage to this history. His slant on many of the events of the period and the personalities of Henry and (especially) Elizabeth clearly show definite opinions (usually negative) in the interpretation and choice of language.

To be fair the author does say at the beginning that the book is written entirely from secondary sources and that many of those authors would not agree with his interpretations.

Still it is refreshing to hear an alternative view, though I sometimes did find the narrative led me to start arguing with Mr Meyer in my head and I had to skip the last two hours as I'd had enough.

Finally kudos to Robin Sachs for some great narration.
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- Carl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-02-2010
  • Publisher: Random House Audio