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Tudor Executions (Hardback)

From Nobility To The Block

P&S History > British History > Tudors & Stuarts P&S History > By Century > 15th Century P&S History > By Century > 16th Century P&S History > By Century > 17th Century

By Helene Harrison
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 248
Illustrations: 30 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781399043328
Published: 30th July 2024


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The Tudors as a dynasty executed many people, both high and low. But the nobility were the ones consistently involved in treason, either deliberately or unconsciously. Exploring the long sixteenth century under each of the Tudor monarchs gives a sense of how and why so many were executed for what was considered the worst possible crime and how the definition of treason changed over the period. This book examines how and why Tudor nobles like Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham; Queen Consort Anne Boleyn; Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey; and Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, fell into the trap of treason and ended up on the block under the executioner’s axe. Treason and the Tudor nobility seem to go hand in hand as, by the end of the sixteenth century and the advent of the Stuart dynasty, no dukes remained in England. How did this happen and why?

This was an interesting read about Tudor life, and well, death. Each chapter gives a quite detailed picture of the person leading up to their execution. Something I’m taking with me is how interwoven the royal and noble families in Tudor time were. That was very interesting.

NetGalley, Sarah Matsson-Klingzell

‘Once the condemned person was dead, the executioner would traditionally hold up the head to the watching crowd and declare ‘behold the head of a traitor’ Legend suggests that this was so that the head could see the crowd and its own decapitated body.’

Another interesting read from Helene!

Executions from Anne Boleyn, Thomas Seymour and Jane Grey to name a few.

A must read for history lovers and those who can handle some gory execution's.

NetGalley, Georgi Lvs Books

A great read about the bloody tudor reign,

Helene Harrison creates an enticing and easy to read non fiction for all Tudor enthusiasts.

We all know the old rhyme “divorced, beheaded, died…” when we think of Henry VIII and his wives. This is not that book, though is does feature Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard. But they are not the main talking points of this book, which Was honestly rather refreshing. While these two women’s executions are well known,( and for good reason) they were far from the only victims.
The book begins with Henry VII, who I think is often overlooked because of his son. Henry VII, had his fair share of executions during his reign, most famously perkin Warbeck the pretender. So when they say Tudor executions in the title, it is true. It doesn’t only cover Henry VIII and his children.

Helene goes in depth, dedicating chapters of varying lengths for each person so even someone brand new to history can read. While I’m very familiar with all people discussed I found this entertaining and enlightening despite having previous knowledge. It didn’t feel weighed down with academic textbook language either. Her writing style is what I would consider conversational. If you’re familiar at all with Essayists on YouTube the writing is like that. Informative, but far from boring.

NetGalley, Britt Koller

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was a really well done nonfiction novel, I really enjoy the Tudor time-period. It had that research that I was looking for and was written perfectly. Helene Harrison has a great writing style and left me wanting to read more.

NetGalley, Kathryn McLeer

About Helene Harrison

Helene Harrison studied at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle, achieving both a BA and an MA in History before going on to complete an MSc in Library Management. Her passion for Tudor history started when studying for A Levels and completing a module on Tudor rebellions. Her Masters dissertation focused on portrayals of Anne Boleyn through the centuries, from contemporary letters to modern TV and film adaptations. Now she writes two blogs, one Tudor history and one book-related, and loves visiting royal palaces and snuggling up with a book or embroidery project.
Follow on Twitter: @TudorBlogger

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