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The Tudors by Numbers (ePub)

The Stories and Statistics Behind England’s Most Infamous Royal Dynasty

P&S History > British History > Tudors & Stuarts P&S History > Royal History

By Carol Ann Lloyd
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
File Size: 9.4 MB (.epub)
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781399062961
Published: 11th July 2023


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The Tudors by Numbers is a fresh look at a well-known dynasty — through its numbers. Take a new look at old friends by learning the complicated path to 1 possible king symbolized by 1 rose, viewing the extraordinary 42 percent of the dynasty under the rule of 2 women, and considering the impact of 4 English language translations of the Bible printed in England.

The Tudors by Numbers takes you behind the scenes through a different path and reveals new ways of seeing the Tudors.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Firstly, what a beautiful cover! I love the imagery and vibrancy of this cover.

Who knew the story of the Tudors could be told through numbers?
Well that's exactly what Carol Ann Lloyd has done and it works perfectly!

The story of one of the most famous dynasties in the world is broken down into brilliant bite sized chunks that are informative and enjoyable to read.

I loved how each chapter begins with a short introduction to the topic followed by the caption, 'Let's find out. Let's Roll the Numbers.' We then delve into more information about each topic such as '2 Crowned Queens,' ' 6 Very Different Wives' and '7 Coronations.'

Each chapter then has smaller sections relevant to numbers making this a really fun and interesting read. It also means if you are interested in a specific topic you can easily locate it in the contents page, though personally I would recommend reading the whole book as it's great!

The final chapter is Top 10 Tudor Secrets and Surprises, which I really enjoyed and was the perfect ending to a brilliant book.
I recommend this to all Tudor enthusiasts, I will definitely be referring back to it in the future.

NetGalley, Amy McElroy

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was a very interesting different read. I did enjoy it a lot and would have never thought to write a book like this. But if you love history especially Tudor history you will love this one!

NetGalley, Heather Michael

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Carol Ann Lloyd is the historian behind the fantastic podcast “British History: Royals, Rebels, and Romantics” and she has now released a non-fiction book for us! I will admit, I find that the Tudors can be a bit repetitive for me. However, The Tudors By Numbers was anything but repetitive. This was a fascinating and entertaining way to re-examine a dynasty that most of us are incredibly familiar with. And yes, I did learn a lot of new information with this book!

I think what impressed me the most about this book is the sheer volume of research that she did to write this book. People often assume that historians know all of this information off the top of our heads, but it takes an incredible amount of time, energy, and skill to research and write a book of this calibre. It also is not simply a list of statistics and different numbers; Lloyd tells so many stories of this infamous dynasty and tells them well. And I think that this book is particularly unique in that someone who knows absolutely nothing about the Tudors can fully enjoy this book, and a reader who is very well-versed in the dynasty will also come away having learned a lot!

NetGalley, Jessica Storoschuk

A fantastic new look at the Tudors through the lens of numbers - such as one rose, two warring families, three children of henry VIII, etc.

NetGalley, Kara Race-Moore

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was a super interesting book! I also thought it was a different take on a heavily-saturated field of Tudor history books. I love how the author incorporates statistics into everything in this book, if you are into data this is the history book for you.
Tudors by Numbers also covers a lot of subjects that I hadn't known about, or thought about-- especially for how much historians study and cover one thing, yet exactly how little time/people were involved in those things! Really eye-opening.

NetGalley, Vanessa Stoner

I cannot recommend it highly enough!

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History...The Interesting Bits!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Tudors by Numbers: The Stories and Statistics Behind England’s Most Infamous Royal Dynasty by Carol Ann Lloyd is a new way of looking at the Tudors, giving a refreshing insight into the family and the 16th century.

When you think about ‘numbers’ as they relate to the Tudor dynasty, I am sure the first thig that comes to mind is ‘Henry VIII had six wives’ and I have to admit, that’s exactly where I went as soon as I saw the title of the book. I expected Carol Ann to dwell on Henry and his wives and, perhaps, add a few more numbers in the mix to flesh out the book. I actually thought there was not much breadth to looking at numbers with regard to the Tudors.

How wrong I was!

Carol Ann Lloyd presents the Tudors in a whole new light, looking at where numbers played a prominent role in England’s most famous dynasty.

It is illuminating!

The Tudors by Numbers: The Stories and Statistics Behind England’s Most Infamous Royal Dynasty by Carol Ann Lloyd is a fun, engaging volume that will make you look at the Tudors in a different light. Written in short, easy to absorb chapters, the author guides the reader through the the Tudor era, highlighting where numbers had a significant influence on the dynasty, not just in the number of wives of Henry VII or the number of ruling queens, and not just in the years.

The Tudors by Numbers: The Stories and Statistics Behind England’s Most Infamous Royal Dynasty by Carol Ann Lloyd is a must-read for any Tudor enthusiast. All the great characters of the time are put in the spotlight, from the kings and queens to those who served them, from the likes of William Cecil, Queen Elizabeth’s right-hand man, to Thomas Cranmer, Thomas Wolsey and Thomas Cromwell, men whose careers helped to usher in the Reformation and the foundation of the Church of England. As a consequence of which, Edward VI – that much desired male heir – was the first king of England to be crowned as the supreme head of the Church of England.

Every aspect of the Tudor dynasty is examined – and the numbers rolled. If you love the story of Mary Queen of Scots, Anne Boleyn and Catherine of Aragon, you will find them here – presented in a new light.

Carol Ann Lloyd delves deep into the history of the time and uses her incredible knowledge of the dynasty in order to give the reader a fascinating insight into the Tudors. A study of the numbers highlights the great events of the period, from the dawn of the dynasty, through the pretenders who threatened Henry VII’s rule, Henry VIII’s obsession with having a male heir, to the great Elizabeth I and the twilight of the era.

The Tudors by Numbers: The Stories and Statistics Behind England’s Most Infamous Royal Dynasty by Carol Ann Lloyd is an enjoyable read and a valuable edition to the library of any Tudor enthusiast. I cannot recommend it highly enough!

NetGalley, Sharon Connolly

Any fan of the Tudors knows that Henry VIII had 6 wives and that Lady Jane Grey was the 9 day queen. But did you know that Henry VII spent 14 years in exile? Or out of 7 coronations, only one was a join coronation? Or that Mary I went on one royal progress while Elizabeth I went on 25? If not, you will after reading 'Tudors by Numbers' by Carol Ann Lloyd.

What was particularly interesting for me was the detailed look at what happened during the 13 days in July 1553 when there were 2 Queens of England. By 'rolling the numbers' in this educational and amusing book, Lloyd presents the Tudor period through a different lens and would make a wonderful addition to your Tudor bookshelf!

NetGalley, Tamise Hills

This is an information-packed wonder. If you studying the Tudors or are interested in the history of England it makes a wonderful resource for much of what happened during this time. Wow!

NetGalley, Aubrey Kerr

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A well researched history of the Tudors from the symbolism of the Tudor Rose, the imagery of the dynasty, and the royal family members, the numbers tell an extremely convincing story.
Alongside progresses, politics, and plumbing, this was an amazing time of change. A very informative and enjoyable book.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Tudors by Numbers presents a fascinating new exploration into the infamous Tudor dynasty of England’s sixteenth century. Carol Ann Lloyd brings the dynasty’s facts, historical figures, and events to life in this new publication. While the book’s information appears to jump across the various monarchs and a 100+ year span, Lloyd has actually cleverly designed the book’s structure for coherence and comparisons across this dynasty. From Henry VII to Elizabeth I, Lloyd brings major and minor figures to life, really contextualizing the period and the similarities between the 5 (or 6, as Lloyd discusses) monarchs. Lloyd unearths fascinating facts about Tudor England at large for the reader and presents them in an informative and engaging manner. By bringing the period to life in this fun format, readers new to and familiar with the period interact with the information in an engaging way, ultimately enriching their knowledge about the period with these familiar and surprising historical details. Lloyd’s clear familiarity with and love for the topic shines throughout this book, and she clearly enjoys exploring this period and sharing the Tudors with her audience. The Tudors by Numbers is a great introduction to the Tudor dynasty while also serving the Tudor fan’s love for esoteric information about this dynamic, scandalous family.

NetGalley, Lily Amidon

What a new and fun way to look at this era. The comparisons are unique and interesting. I loved the statistics and the math fascinated me. This book is a great way to learn about the Tudors in a different way.

NetGalley, Sianne Wardle

This was a new way of looking at the Tudor dynasty, which I thought was refreshing and fun. Carol Ann Lloyd studies the similarities and the differences between the kings and queens, and their reigns, and 'rolls the numbers'. For example, she studies the two queens, the six wives, the seven coronations, etc. This was certainly an interesting take on the monarchy, and the court! The Story of 9 Ways the Tudors Changed Everything was especially enlightening.

I also enjoyed the unusual historical curiosities in the book, such as the history of breakfast, the top ten Tudor suprises, and the details about clothes and jewellery. There are several others.

The Wars of the Roses are usually messy, and somewhat difficult to understand, but LLoyd discusses them very clearly. I was a bit surprised that she went right back to the beginning of the Tudor dynasty, but it was an excellent idea. This was a very enjoyable book, and an easy read.

NetGalley, Lisa Sanderson

a fascinating fresh look into the Tudor dynasty from the statistics surrounding the monarchs. Lloyd has a unique way of approaching her Tudor dynasty research, making this a great debut book. If you want a stellar introductory book for the Tudor dynasty, check out “The Tudors by Numbers: The Stories and Statistics Behind England’s Most Infamous Royal Dynasty” by Carol Ann Lloyd.
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Adventures of a Tudor Nerd

The book was a lot of fun, and easy to get through. It was quite different from many other books I have read for ARC reviews.

As it was her debut book, I hope she writes other books in the future. This was a great start and I found her writing very enjoyable.

NetGalley, Traci Hoffman

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A quote I loved: "The most powerful thing about history can be that we're learning more from it all the time."

Loved the book and the many curiosities I got to learn reading it.
Would absolutely recommend it.

NetGalley, Sira Barbeito

Overall, this was a fascinating fresh look into the Tudor dynasty from the statistics surrounding the monarchs. Lloyd has a unique way of approaching her Tudor dynasty research, making this a great debut book. If you want a stellar introductory book for the Tudor dynasty, check out “The Tudors by Numbers: The Stories and Statistics Behind England’s Most Infamous Royal Dynasty” by Carol Ann Lloyd.

NetGalley, Heidi Malagisi

I found this book to be great & informative. I plan on including it in my classroom library as well as a reference during our study on the Tudors.

NetGalley, Hannah Moran

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Another great book about the Tudors, it was interesting to read about the statistics of the dynasty. Carol Ann Lloyd does a great job in creating this book and it was well researched. I enjoyed everything about the book, and would love to read more from Carol Ann Lloyd.

NetGalley, Kathryn McLeer

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I recently had the opportunity to read "The Tudors by Numbers" and I must say, it was a fascinating and informative read. The author did an excellent job of breaking down complex historical events and presenting them in a digestible format. I particularly appreciated the use of charts and graphs to illustrate data and trends.

NetGalley, Karen Bull

I think the book provides a lot of information on the Tudors and can be enjoyed by many people.

NetGalley, Rebekah Mills

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Here I was extremely impressed by the title of the book alone. It combines my profession and my hobby. The Tudors by Numbers? What does that mean?

The author takes a fresh look at Tudor history. She has a theme, and she presents it by numbers. Example:

Chapter 3 We 3 Kings
The Story of 3 Tudor Kings
7 Consorts Among 3 Kings
68 Years of Tudors Kings
I must say this is a perfect way to remember many facts. The bonus is that this information will stay in your memory for a very long time.

The author also has the ability to look at familiar facts from a new perspective. For example, she points out that every dynasty following the Tudors had a reigning queen.

I recommend it not only to analysts who like history.

NetGalley, Magdalena Šejdová

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

‘Let’s find out. Let’s roll the numbers!’

I loved this unique way of telling stories from the Tudor era!

It was fun and enlightening and a must read for Tudor enthusiasts.

‘Henry VIII had moved Heaven and Earth, changed the nation’s religion, and married repeatedly to prevent his daughters from taking the crown. Even he couldn’t stop it. The first crowned queen regnant of England would be succeeded by the second.’

Enjoyable from beginning to end, it has added more books to my TBR and Tudor By Numbers has increased my love of the Tudor era!

‘The numbers tell us the Tudors weren’t just fascinating, glamours, violent, charismatic, passionate, and tyrannical. They were also change makers.’

Eat. Sleep. Tudor. Repeat.

NetGalley, Georgi Lvs Books

About Carol Ann Lloyd

Carol Ann Lloyd turned an obsession with the Tudors into a speaking and writing career. She shares her love of history with Smithsonian Associates, Royal Oak Foundation, Agecroft Hall, Folger Shakespeare Library and other organizations. She holds degrees in Literature and Education and hosts a popular podcast, British History: Royals, Rebels, and Romantics. She also offers workshops about using Shakespeare strategies to improve communication skills and is a member of National Speakers Association.

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