The Tudors reigned for a relatively short period - just over a century - but they have captured the imagination of historians more than any other royal dynasty. This is largely thanks to the exploits of their best known monarch, King Henry VIII, whose many marriages, and habit of beheading his wives, continues to fascinate us up to the present day. Having come to the thrown in 1485, when Henry VII triumphed at the Battle of Bosworth Field, the House of Tudor prospered first under Henry VIII, and then under his youngest daughter, Elizabeth I. The Tudor monarchs were, however, often plagued by problems of succession, and when Elizabeth I died childless, the crown passed to her cousins the Stuarts, and one of history's most colourful periods was over.
This very short history provides an insight into one of the more complex periods of English history, examining a charismatic family who continue to fascinate historians up to the present day.
The Very Short History series gives the reader a clear, concise, and very short, account of the people and events that have shaped world history. Each book provides an entertaining and engaging narrative, allowing the reader to master the subject in the shortest time possible.