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Queenship and Power

History, Fiction, and The Tudors

Sex, Politics, Power, and Artistic License in the Showtime Television Series

Editors: Robison, William (Ed.)

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About this book

This is the first book-length study of the award-winning historical drama The Tudors. In this volume twenty distinguished scholars separate documented history, plausible invention, and outright fantasy in a lively series of scholarly, but accessible and engaging essays. The contributors explore topics including Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, his other wives and family, gender and sex, kingship, the court, religion, and entertainments.

About the authors

William B. Robison is Professor of History and Head of the Department of History and Political Science at Southeastern Louisiana University, USA. He is the author of articles on history and popular culture, co-author of The Tudors on Film and Television, and co-editor of the Historical Dictionary of Late Medieval England and Historical Dictionary of Stuart England.

Reviews

“The highly readable essays by the distinguished scholars in this book compare the depiction of Henry VIII and his world in The Tudors with the historical reality.  Covering not only the king and his wives, family, courtiers and ministers,. but also the political, social and cultural world in which they existed, this book will be of enormous value to teachers of history.  It will also be of interest to those who have watched the television series and are curious to know what really happened.” (Thomas Freeman, Lecturer in History, University of Essex, and co-editor of “Tudors and Stuarts on Film: Historical Perspectives”)

“As a guide to the historical errors and distortions of the popular television series The Tudors, this book is unequalled in the breadth and depth of its coverage. Twenty expert contributors in twenty chapters examine in detail both what The Tudors got right and the many places where the real history was distorted or ignored. C. L. R. James, the great Caribbean historian, wrote, 'There is no drama like the drama of history.' It is a dictum that the contributors appreciate and the makers of The Tudors are shown to have clearly neglected.” (Ronald H. Fritze, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of History, Athens State University, and editor of “Historical Dictionary of Tudor England”)

“For better or worse, Showtime's The Tudors will define the way a generation of global television viewers visualizes and thinks about Henry VIII and his court. But what should we think about The Tudors? In this admirably wide-ranging volume William Robison and an international team of scholars of Tudor history carefully evaluate the series's strengths and weaknesses, its insights and moments of apparent madness. This is a comprehensive guide to The Tudors as both history lesson and popular cultural phenomenon.” (Greg Walker, Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature, University of Edinburgh, and author of “The Private Life of Henry VIII: A British Film Guide”)

Table of contents (21 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Robison, William B.

    Pages 1-25

  • Henry VIII in The Tudors: Romantic Renaissance Warrior or Soap Opera Playboy?

    Robison, William B.

    Pages 27-57

  • Catherine of Aragon in The Tudors: Dark Hair, Devotion, and Dignity in Despair

    Robison, William B.

    Pages 59-75

  • The Tudors, Natalie Dormer, and Our “Default” Anne Boleyn

    Bordo, Susan

    Pages 77-95

  • The Last Four Queens of Henry VIII in The Tudors

    Warnicke, Retha M.

    Pages 97-113

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eBook £58.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-43883-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £74.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
valid through October 16, 2017
  • ISBN 978-1-137-43881-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
History, Fiction, and The Tudors
Book Subtitle
Sex, Politics, Power, and Artistic License in the Showtime Television Series
Editors
  • William Robison
Series Title
Queenship and Power
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-43883-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-43883-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-43881-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 384
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