I have to give a shout out to G.J. Meyer’s “The Tudors: The Complete Story of England’s Most Notorious Dynasty”. I am currently reading this book and find myself staying up late every night just to get through one more chapter. (Don’t you love it when you find books like that?) If you think this is another dry retelling of the Tudor story, think again!
Meyer gives this story a fresh perspective. More of a storyteller than a historian recounting facts, Meyer outlines two major reasons for writing this book: 1) he wanted to examine the impact of each player as well as the entire Tudor dynasty as a whole; and 2) seeing that the popular “Hollywood” version of the Tudors (think movies and Showtime specials) is so far from reality, he wanted to do his part to correct those misrepresentations.
This book is unique because Meyer’s writing style is informal, almost irreverent at times. The humor and laid back style make the subjects more real, more approachable, and they allow the reader to see a side of the Tudors that has never been shown before, a flawed inner perspective. After each chapter, the author includes a “backstory” that takes you behind the scenes to explain a certain facet of the story in more detail. Many books cover the Tudors, but none quite like this one.
Next week, I’ll be starting a series of posts on the “Contradictions of the Tudor Dynasty” – thoughts that came to my mind after I began Meyer’s book. I hope you will join me with thoughts of your own.
Meanwhile, check out the book and let me know how you like it! I’ll be sure to post a complete review when I’m finished!