The Tudors in Love

Pages: 336
Subject: History
Imprint: Oneworld

The Tudors in Love

The Courtly Code Behind the Last Medieval Dynasty

Sarah Gristwood

A bestselling historian finds a new way to look at the most famous English royal dynasty
9781786078940 (23 Sep 2021)
RRP £20.00

The Book

Why did Henry VIII marry six times? Why did Anne Boleyn have to die? Why did Elizabeth I's courtiers hail her as a goddess come to earth? 

The dramas of courtly love have captivated centuries of readers and dreamers. Yet it's too often dismissed as something which only existed in books - just the usual legends of King Arthur, told and retold in thousands of ways.

Not so. In this ground-breaking history, Sarah Gristwood reveals the way chivalric romance made and marred the Tudor dynasty. From Henry VIII declaring himself as the ‘loyal and most assured servant' of Anne Boleyn to Elizabeth I's poems to her suitors, the Tudors re-enacted the roles of the devoted lovers and capricious mistresses first laid out in the romances of medieval literature.

Tudors in Love dissects the codes of love, desire and power, unveiling romantic obsessions that have shaped the history of this nation. In the #MeToo era, re-examining the history of the social codes behind modern romance has never been more vital.

Additional Information

Subject History
Pages 336
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Sarah Gristwood is the author of four previous books of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century history: the Sunday Times bestseller Arbella: England's Lost Queen; Elizabeth and Leicester; Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses; and the widely-translated Game of Queens. A former journalist, contributing to papers such as the Guardian and the Telegraph, she has also written a number of books on twentieth-century subjects. She features frequently at history festivals, and on radio and television discussing the past and present of Britain's monarchy. @sarahgristwood

‘Gristwood handles multiple narrative strands with tremendous finesse... Densely packed with fascinating material, this immensely ambitious undertaking succeeds triumphantly.'

Literary Review on Game of Queens

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