In 1485 Henry Tudor, whose claim to the English throne was so weak as to be almost laughable, sailed from France with a ragtag army to take the crown from the family that had ruled England for almost four centuries. The Tudors that followed, including the great monarchs Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, come off as hardly more principled in G.J. Meyer's close look at their fabled family.
"History buffs will savor Meyer's cheeky, nuanced, and authoritative perspective on an entire dynasty, and his study brims with enriching background discussions, ranging from class structure and the medieval Catholic Church to the Tudor connection to Spanish royalty."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)