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Bosworth The Birth of the Tudors On the morning of August in fields several miles from Bosworth two armies faced each other ready for battle The might of Richard III s army was pitted against the inferior forces of the up

  • Title: Bosworth: The Birth of the Tudors
  • Author: Chris Skidmore
  • ISBN: 9780753828946
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bosworth: The Birth of the Tudors By Chris Skidmore, On the morning of August 22, 1485, in fields several miles from Bosworth, two armies faced each other, ready for battle The might of Richard III s army was pitted against the inferior forces of the upstart pretender to the crown, Henry Tudor, a twenty eight year old Welshman who had just arrived back on British soil after fourteen years in exile Yet this was to be a fighOn the morning of August 22, 1485, in fields several miles from Bosworth, two armies faced each other, ready for battle The might of Richard III s army was pitted against the inferior forces of the upstart pretender to the crown, Henry Tudor, a twenty eight year old Welshman who had just arrived back on British soil after fourteen years in exile Yet this was to be a fight to the death only one man could survive only one could claim the throne.It would become one of the most legendary battles in English history the only successful invasion since Hastings, it was the last time a king died on the battlefield But The Rise Of The Tudors is much than the account of the dramatic events of that fateful day in August It is a tale of brutal feuds and deadly civil wars, and the remarkable rise of the Tudor family from obscure Welsh gentry to the throne of England a story that began sixty years earlier with Owen Tudor s affair with Henry V s widow, Katherine of Valois.Drawing on eyewitness reports, newly discovered manuscripts and the latest archaeological evidence, including the recent discovery of Richard III s remains, Chris Skid vividly recreates this battle scarred world and the reshaping of British history.

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    1. If recent English history book shelves are solid indicators of trends, then it appears that the obsession with the Tudors has slipped backwards in time with a focus on how the Tudors came to gain the throne in the first place Chris Skid joins this group of Tudor background exploration in The Rise of the Tudors The Family That Changed English History.Having thoroughly enjoyed Skid s book on Edward VI but not so much the book concerning Amy Robsart sadly, because I love her I was unaware of what t [...]

    2. Although Richard III was five foot eight inches tall, his spine was so twisted he stood as short as four foot eight Imagine him hacking his way towards Henry Tudor at the battle of Bosworth, a furious human pretzel, small in body and feeble of limb , a contemporary noted, he cut his way towards his rival, until his last breath Five million people in the UK watched the Channel Four programme The King Under the Car Park that first revealed Richard really did have slight bones, and one shoulder hig [...]

    3. Provides a good understanding of how Henry Tudor came to be king of England in 1485 Lots of the story flow and the reader learn much or at least I did Others including mothers, fathers, uncles, nephews, cousins, kings, princes, lords, earls, dukes and commoners young, old and bold and some not so bold all feature to show the complexities of noble families, inheritance and politics at the time of the wars of the roses For a paperback edition the author, editor and publishers deserve credit for a [...]

    4. The Battle of Bosworth, the last significant battle in the War of the Roses, has become the stuff of legends Who hasn t seen Shakespear s dramatic reimagining in the play, Richard III But there are two sides to this story and since only victors write history, the problem with Bosworth has always been teasing out fact from legend The Tudor kings and queens were, rightly, concerned with their image, and what better way to establish the validity of a new royal house than to have God sanction it wit [...]

    5. The Battle of Bosworth Field is an enigma as for the location of the battle itself With the name Bosworth not being cited until decades later to the point it had become common by 1534 when Polydore Vergil s History of England was published Rede, Ambion Hill Crown Hill, Stoke These are all synonymous to where the battle is supposed to take place to Sande Hill where Richard was unhorsed and killed in battle Drawing from various accounts and archaeological evidence, Chris Skid tries to piece all th [...]

    6. I read the edition published under the title The Rise of the Tudors I had been looking for a clear narrative on the War of the Roses At last, here it is Chris Skid whose work I know through his books earlier books Death And The Virgin Elizabeth, Dudley and the Mysterious Fate of Amy Robsart and Edward VI The Lost King of England has pulled this all together.The first section shows the problems of the reign of Henry VI and Richard of York s reaction to the many slights and the costs he bore for t [...]

    7. Five stars for a thoroughly researched, up to the minute history Published in 2013 and already a change in the sub title from The Rise of the Tudors , my copy changed to The Birth of the Tudors The birth comes after a great labour from Chris Skid that takes us back to the boudoir of Catherine of Valois widow of Henry V The reader has around one hundred pages prior to the sudden demise of Edward IV Then, all hell breaks loose Richard Plantagenet s coup and Henry Tudor s manoeuvres in Brittany and [...]

    8. I bought this book because, like many others, I find the Tudors fascinating, and in particular because I love the fact that they were such unlikely contenders for the throne yet became one of the most synonymous with it Bosworth is detailed and expansive than I was expecting, beginning 60 years before the Battle of Bosworth itself, and taking the reader through the reigns of Henry VI, Edward IV, Richard III, and finally Henry VII This is the story not just of how Henry VII literally came to be [...]

    9. Masterful The level of detail is simply breath taking with such insights into the myriad subtle connections amongst the characters of all stations Were this a work of fiction the editor would have protested that the plot was far too complex.

    10. I love the Tudor period however I have not read a great deal related to the reign of Henry VII so when I saw this book available on for a great price I just knew that I had to get it I will say that I am so glad that I purchased this book as it is one of the best books that I have ever read, not just about the early Tudor period but related to the Tudor period in general Chris Skid s book is a brilliant read, thoroughly researched and written in such a manner that once I started reading I found [...]

    11. The title is misleading Rather than focusing on Bosworth, first comes several chapters on the Wars of the Roses It s well researched, but I ve read superior accounts of the WOTR.The chapter that covers Bosworth proved the most interesting I like how the author dissected the battle and added personality to the people involved Thought Henry VII s years on the throne would ve been covered in detail, bearing in mind the book s subtitle, but this isn t the case.The narrative failed to engage me most [...]

    12. Still not convinced Richard III was the complete and total bastard Skid makes him out to be semi validating Shakespeare , but this was really well done and written so a non specialist can learn a lot and enjoy doing so The Dan Jones I m reading concurrently or less hasn t got to Richard, the Duke of Gloucester yet we ll see how he fares there.Highly recommended if you are into the Wars of the Roses and the Tudors at all even if only through Game of Thrones, or that Tudors series on Showtime, or [...]

    13. The Rise of the Tudors The Family That Changed English History, by Chris Skid, is an excellent and well researched book about the rise of the Tudor dynasty The author s style is crisp and his recounting of events moves along at a brisk pace whilst keeping the attention of the reader There are no dull moments in the book and it reads like a fast paced novel than a history book The book starts with the time of the reign of Henry V, whose widow married a servant of the court, Owen Tudor, to give b [...]

    14. In a nutshell A gripping account of the battle that brought the Tudors to the throne of England ideal for readers who appreciate detail and non partisan reflection Read reviews by Tudor Times at tudortimes books book reviewsFull Review This is a superb account of the battle, beginning some 60 years earlier as the seeds of the Wars of the Roses were sown in Henry VI s incapacity for his great office, and carrying the reader along in a well researched and detailed narrative that never flags This i [...]

    15. Yup, it s all here and you can t fault Skid s attention to detail, but then he is a historian, not a historical novelist, so there s tons of the stuff Detail About who did what and when and to whom, so that after a while it starts to teeter on the tedious As a historian, he s keen to let us know what actually happened because he has the facts to prove it And to that end, he s not a Ricardian The last Plantagenet was a usurper, as far as he s concerned, who probably did organise the deaths of the [...]

    16. This book represented an impressive foray into the mercurial ascendancy of Henry Tudor on a battlefield close to Bosworth The Author has produced what should be considered an authoritative review of the events leading up to Bosworth, including a balanced and fair assessment of the conduct of Richard III in the build up to the battle, depicting Richard III as a monarch whom was aware of the fragility of his own rule, and eager to engage with Henry Tudor as soon as practically possible This was ma [...]

    17. A historical account of the events leading up to the establishment of the Tudor monarchy I picked this up hoping to get a comprehensive account of the full Tudor dynasty, but this book only covers the rise of the first Tudor king and the 30 years of war and destruction beforehand It is primarily concerned with the power struggle between the Lancaster and York houses, and how political events led to the unlikely rise to power of Henry VII Henry VIII s father , including a long segment on the Batt [...]

    18. Not sure why this is being seen as Tudor propaganda Skid has written a very well researched story of the, well, rise of the Tudors His description of the Battle of Bosworth itself is also good, considering that the battle 1 by all accounts only took two hours 2 had as a major component a prolonged failure to move on the part of the Stanley contingent, which while it must have been nerve wracking as all get out for Henry Tudor and Richard III, doesn t lend itself to a lot of descriptive excitemen [...]

    19. An absolutely phenomenal book which surpasses by very high expectations I was surprised that Skid discusses the early part of the wars of the roses in great detail Despite this, he did it incredibly well, with particular detail to the movements f the Tudors at this time, something perhaps not often discussed.Relating to this, he often provided personal anecdotes of events which really brings the topic to life For example, Henry when fourteen spoke to Commynes since the age of five he had been gu [...]

    20. The story of the Battle of Bosworth has to be one of the great examples of why we need to keep our wits about us when we study history Supporters of Richard III argue that the record of events that summer s day was distorted by the Tudors and, as Chris Skid points out, few of the chroniclers were present or even alive at the time and relied on the testimony of men such as Sir John de Vere, Earl of Oxford, who had good reason to emphasise the importance of his own role.The Welsh bards were also s [...]

    21. A potentially great read, hamstrung Skid s Bosworth has two major problems 1 hamstrung by a lack of primary sources, the author is forced to provide a dry recounting of events rather than the kind of in depth character studies that engage readers In the end, readers come to history for the same reason they come to fiction because they want to know about people Some of this is not Skid s fault Much of the action of the Wars of the Roses is between people so lofty they shit marble to quote Motzart [...]

    22. Nicely written and brings the principal characters to life, from Edward IV to mad Henry VI, Warwick the Kingmaker, Hastings and the Stanley brothers as well as the impressive uncle of Henry VII Japser Tudor Learnt a lot about the intrigues of the court, not only in England but also in France and Brittany, then a powerhouse of Europe, the wavering loyaltiess as well as the climax at Bosworth where having been brought up on a tale of how Stanley betrayed Richard it wasn t quite as clear cut, yes h [...]

    23. Beginning with the reign of Henry VI, this covers the entire struggle for power from Richard Duke of York, right up to Henry VII s victory at Bosworth Skid seems to be a Henry VII backer, and the pro Richard sources downplayed or omitted Kendall has given me high expectations This makes his work appear to lack conviction and confidence Would love to see an amalgamation of Skid Kendall the pro Henry pro Richard sources, in context with the history of the York Lancaster power struggle and the way [...]

    24. Like many other historical readers, I have had a phase where I was obsessed with the Tudor dynasty I read novels, histories, and biographies of those involved with the Tudors as well as the Tudors themselves However, I was never able to understand the Cousin s War commonly called the Wars of the Roses until I read this book.For that alone, Chris Skid deserves 4 stars Another aspect I liked was the timeline of events since it allowed greater detail and information about the actual birth of the [...]

    25. Well researched, and well written narrative than textbook , I thoroughly enjoyed this book and Chris Skid s writing style Evidence was presented and primary sources referenced whenever possible, often with reasons why the source was reliable or not, allowing the reader to come to his her own conclusions something I as a math teacher particularly liked.There were a few mistakes, though they looked like typos than lack of knowledge For example, there is a reference to Queen Elizabeth s brother, [...]

    26. I saw this reviewed in a national newspaper, where it was giving very strong praise As it is in hardback and a hefty one at that I checked the library s catalogue online, and they had it It was already being read by someone, but I was able to request it If not, I probably wouldn t have read this book, and I would have been the poorer for it.It is very pleasant to read, although there are a few typographical errors, which really should have been caught by any proofreader worth their salt Nothing [...]

    27. Military history is despised nowadays, so I hope that the author deliberately tried to appear as someone who has a very basic understanding of the medieval warfare The title is misleading about 3 4 of the book is simply a brief history of the Wars of the Roses with special attention to Tudor family It is not better or worse than other short narratives The most interesting part is the Bosworth campaign itself, but not the military part It is a collection of personal stories about noblemen who sto [...]

    28. This is not just another book about Richard III, it is one of the best detailed history books I have read It explains in detail the facts, foibles and fates surrounding the major characters that played important roles in the upheaval of the civil war that lead to the battle of Bosworth in 1485 and the resulting repercussions One must admire the relentless ambition of Henry VII to occupy the throne and the dubious circumstances that made this possible The fact that so many of Richard s knights de [...]

    29. Caveat I have a chapter left to read, but I am saving that one for the day before book club meets This was a great exploration of a topic with which I am not actually all that interested in I have a hard enough time remembering the names of people I ve met, much less English nobility Plus, I cannot read battle descriptions, they go in through my eyeballs, and are immediately lost in the dark recesses of my brain All that said, it was excellently written and made me want to research the old balla [...]

    30. A concisely written yet enjoyable and entertaining read Skid handles the many controversies surrounding the events of the Cousins Wars with a dramatist s flair for the sensational and the historian s need to uncover the true courses of action Refreshingly unbiased in our current culture of apologism and creative reconstruction within the historical genre Focused on the political rather than the intensely biographical, Skid uses the sources so effectively that the reader still receives an excelle [...]

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