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Monday, December 12, 2011

The Tudors - What are they to you?

As readers of historical fiction, most of us have a decent idea of who the Tudors were.  Yet surprisingly, I still meet people all the time who have no real idea what that word means - Tudor.  Sure, you mention Henry VIII or Elizabeth I and people know who they are, but all they represent are names people were forced to learn in school so long ago.

I feel lucky that I'm much more familiar with this royal family than the average person.  Even before I knew their actual family name, these people filled me with such a love of history that I haven't been able to break free from - a passion that has followed me into adulthood and will remain with me forever.  Who doesn't hear the story of Anne Boleyn and think it's a tragic one?

The Tudors often represent a somewhat magical period in English history for us, something to speculate on and romanticize about.  I love reading a good story of Elizabeth's supposed antics and indiscretions during her youth!  And of course, Henry himself provides us with endless liaisons to fantasize about.  What most of us forget is the relative stability this family brought to England after the Wars of the Roses, helping to secure the country as one of the powerhouses of Europe during their time.

Whether you like the Tudors just for fun fiction, or for academic reasons, they never fail to give us something interesting to read and learn about.  What's your favorite thing about the Tudors?

4 comments:

Robert Parry said...

It was our Renaissance period in England, the flowering of the arts. An exciting age, too, of exploration and discovery. It managed to achieve all this, moreover, without ever once losing its sense of magic and poetry.

Alyce said...

I have to admit that I like all the scandals! :)

BJ said...

I think it was interesting how the progressed...between their wars, religiousness, and life in general...
I always enjoy reading about the man and their many woman and have to laugh...

Carol L. said...

I think the very History they gave us with their wars, battles,affairs etc. Love what they established.
Carol L
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