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Religion, politics and fear: how England was transformed by the Tudors.The English Reformation was a unique turning point in English history. Derek Wilson retells the story of how the Tudor monarchs transformed English religion and why it still matters today. Recent scholarly research has undermined the traditional view of the Reformation as an event that occurred solely amongst the elite. Wilson now shows that, although the transformation was political and had a huge impact on English identity, on England's relationships with its European neighbours and on the foundations of its empire, it was essentially a revolution from the ground up. By 1600, in just eighty years, England had become a radically different nation in which family, work and politics, as well as religion, were dramatically altered.Praise for Derek Wilson:'Stimulating and authoritative.' John Guy.'Masterly. [Wilson] has a deep understanding of . . . characters, reaching out across the centuries.' Sunday Times.

"Stimulating and authoritative."--"John Guy""Masterly. [Wilson] has a deep understanding of...characters, reaching out across centuries."--"The Sunday Times"On previous titles: "Fast-paced biography . . . Wilson deftly chronicles Charlemagne's military exploits, political intrigues, and religious devotion."--"Publishers Weekly" on "Charlemagne""I cannot praise too highly Derek Wilson's prose style, which is both masterful and lively. He writes with great conviction and a breathtaking attention to the kind of personal detail that makes his books such compelling reading."--Alison Weir on "In the Lion's Court""The ambition of Wilson's plan lies in the fact that he does not offer us six separate studies . . . but presents one complex, rich narrative. . . . This plan is carried out with attractive energy and zest. . . . He has written a useful and stimulating book about [Britain's] most important dynasty."--Antonia Fraser, "Sunday Times" (UK) on "In the Lion's Court""A masterly study."--"Daily Telegraph" (UK) on "Rothschild""An intriguing and compelling story . . . It does justice to the great genius of Holbein and suggests a new way of looking at him."--"Times Literary Supplement" (UK) on "Hans Holbein""Wilson's account . . . is masterly. He has a deep understanding of . . . characters, reaching out across the centuries to touch them as if they were old friends."--"Sunday Times" UK) on "Uncrowned Kings of England""Marvelous material, fluently and expertly retold."--"Daily Telegraph" (UK) on "The Circumnavigators"

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  • PDF | 464 pages
  • Derek Wilson(Author)
  • Robinson (21 Jun. 2012)
  • English
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  • By John Clark on 5 March 2013

    A most detailed and scholarly account. It simply blew away all the misconceptions I had from traditional representations of Royalty. It maps out the changes which led to the formation of a God fearing nation and empire, unique in the history of the world.

  • By Francis Drake on 6 March 2013

    I am glad I read this book as it gives a broad introduction to the Reformation in the wider sense, including the intellectual and spiritual developments in England and Europe as the wider background to Henry VIII's break with Rome. However, be prepared for a very "Protestant Good, Catholic Bad" approach. My favourite example is the following from page 331 of the 2012 paperback edition: "Elizabeth's (the first) early years had, thus, been secure and happy ones, during which she had been able to develop those beliefs, attitudes and convictions which she carried into adult life". Well, yes, apart from her father judicially murdering her mother, having a step mother (not much older than a child herself) executed by her father, her father de-legitamising her and removing her from the line of succession .... but let's not nick pick, an idyllic childhood really...

  • By ANNIE on 14 December 2016

    Great just what I needed for College .


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