The Great Survivor of the Tudor Age (Hardback)
The Life and Times of Lord William Paget
Like Cromwell and Wolsey before him, William Paget came from nowhere to become one of Henry VIII's most powerful 'new men'. After serving as ambassador to the Court of Francis I of France, he became Henry's most influential foreign policy advisor and developed a close relationship with Emperor Charles V. He had the king's ear in Henry's later years, was the key player in drafting his will ( was it a forgery?) and in enabling Somerset to become Lord Protector in the reign of the boy king, Edward VI. For a while, he was Somerset's 'right-hand man'.
When Somerset fell, Paget was imprisoned in the Tower and nearly executed. But he survived and regained power. He had a major role in delivering the Crown to the Catholic queen, Mary, and in arranging her marriage to Philip II of Spain, whom he then advised on English politics. He kept in with the Protestant princess Elizabeth and survived to have influence when she came to the throne.
William was the founder of the aristocratic Paget family - Barons of Beaudesert, Earls of Uxbridge and Marquesses of Anglesey.
From records of the mansion that he built on a site next to today's Heathrow Airport, a picture has been created of how life was actually lived in a Tudor household at the personal family level.
The story is partly told from previously unexamined family letters. It is an exciting narrative of dramatic ups and downs: from rags to riches, plague to plenty, and prison to peerage. Court intrigues, conspiracies, rebellions and coups, follow one after the other. William is usually in the thick of it, the power behind the throne.
Article: Book takes a look at Abbey history!Burton Mail
This is a fascinating biography about Lord William Paget, a resilient figure of the Tudor era. However, the writing goes beyond mere biography; Alex Anglesy explores the social, cultural, and economic aspects of the Tudor era and the personalities and motivations of key players. He writes in a clear and exciting style, making the book a good pick for casual readers and British History enthusiasts alike. I learned a lot about a figure I had never thought about. I think this is a great read for Tudor history enthusiasts like myself.NetGalley, Whitney Foster
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Andrea Romance
William Paget rose from humble origins to become a top advisor to Henry VIII, Edward VI, and Mary I. With fresh insights from Paget family letters, this vivid history chronicles his life: from shaping foreign policy to navigating rebellions, from imprisonment to surviving court intrigues. By asking little and achieving much, this powerful courtier steered England through the tumultuous 16th century shifts in leadership.
This book sheds light on a workhorse of the Tudor court. Perhaps because of his humility and moderation, and because he survived long enough to retire under Elizabeth I, he's not as well remembered as predecessors like Wolsey and Cromwell. This book offers a new perspective on familiar events, bringing to life a historical figure in an engaging and easy-to-read manner.
This book was an enjoyable read and I would thoroughly encourage anyone who wants to learn more about this overlooked historical figure in Tudor history to give this book a try!NetGalley, Emma Holbrook
If you want to learn more about a lesser-known political figure who lived during the Tudor dynasty, I suggest you read, “The Great Survivor of the Tudor Age: The Life and Times of Lord William Paget” by Alex Anglesey.NetGalley, Heidi Malagisi
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Kathryn McLeer
I enjoyed getting to read about Lord William Paget, he had a unique life and this was written perfectly for him. Lord Alex Anglesey does a great job in bringing him to life. I was never bored when reading this and enjoyed the family letters idea.
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