House of Treason: The Rise and Fall of a Tudor Dynasty

House of Treason The Rise and Fall of a Tudor Dynasty This title tells the story of the Dukes of Norfolk The richest and most powerful noble family in Britain after the king himself they regarded themselves as the power behind the throne and regularly

  • Title: House of Treason: The Rise and Fall of a Tudor Dynasty
  • Author: Robert Hutchinson
  • ISBN: 9780297845645
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This title tells the story of the Dukes of Norfolk The richest and most powerful noble family in Britain, after the king himself, they regarded themselves as the power behind the throne and regularly tried to act as kingmakers.

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    1. If you think your family is a mess, you should probably read this book. After all, how many generations of your family have been imprisoned or beheaded?The Howard family was the power family in Tudor England. In each generation, the head of the Howard family was the Duke of Norfolk and the preeminent noble man--he also had a decent of chance of getting his head chopped off.This book traces the family throughout the Tudor era, highlighting how each generation's fortunes rose and fell. At times, i [...]

    2. Hutchinson is very much an author of popular history; he tells his story pretty well, but there is very little analysis or thoughtful interpretation of events and motivations. He excels at characterizing historical figures in somewhat cursory and contradictory ways. His description of Cromwell as an opportunist only interested in his own gain--evident both here and in his biography of Cromwell--is a case in point; Cromwell is venal, and thus abandons Wolsey at the latter's fall, but Hutchinson t [...]

    3. Having read “The Last Days of Henry VIII”, another book by Robert Hutchinson, I was excited to read his book about the Dukes of Norfolk. Just as Hutchinson’s previous book I was not disappointed and right from the very first word I was captivated! Honestly I think Hutchinson could write about paint drying on the walls and I would be hanging off his every word, such is the power and draw of his writing. House of Treason The Rise & Fall of a Tudor Dynasty looks at the Howard family throu [...]

    4. This was a great outline of the fortunes of the House of Howard, Tudor magnates who were too close to the throne to be comfortable for the Tudor monarchs. Beheaded, attainted, died, beheaded, died, survived - or something akin to that could describe the Howard dukes of Norfolk. Two Howard nieces, Ann Boleyn and Catherine Howard, didn't last long as Tudor queens. The sweep of the sixteenth century can be seen here, and the writing is earnest, sometimes bemused, and sympathetic to the ill fortune [...]

    5. Wealth, influence, status, betrayal, treasonexecution.Enormous piles of cash, property and power were no guarantees of longevity during the scheming and conspiratorial reigns of the Tudors. Fortunes rose and fell on the whims of the monarchs of the day and the advice of their closest confidantes.If there was a roller coaster ride between benefit and beheading, it was the Howards - the Dukes of Norfolk (or more fitting, the Dukes of Hazard). It was not just the titular heads who came to grisly en [...]

    6. The title of this book held out the prospect of an interesting, entertaining and educative insight to the heroics and travails of the Howard family and their antecedents. Instead, the reader is ‘treated’ to an extremely boring and mechanical narration of historical events that, as noted by Cara’s review below, does little to help understand the character or personality of the key players. A great shame as the subject matter had the potential to offer so much more.

    7. At first I wanted to give this book 2 stars, only because it took me two attempts and too long to read. it is packed full of history and that alone can make it difficult to finish. For whatever reason I just had a hard time keeping track of all the of people. However, the Tudor family is so intriguing that I really wanted to finish it this time. Halfway through i began to connect more with it and began to enjoy it.

    8. Nonfiction about the Howard family of England. Although there is a lot of detail on the ins-and-outs of the Tudor era the book is readable and interesting. Lots of bits about life in that time that added to the interest.

    9. I'm very excited about this book, I love European history, especially the Tudor Monarchy. I always enjoy new perspectives on history. I really enjoyed this book. I have always been interested, and disturbed, by the Third Duke of Norfolk who gained a lot by his niece (Anne Boleyn) becoming Queen, but then turned on her quickly and sat on the court that sentenced her to death. Then knowing how one niece died, and the temper of the King, the Duke still encouraged another niece (Katherine Howard) to [...]

    10. The Tudors could not have gotten by without the Howards, whether serving as military commanders or administrators, this was one of the preeminent families of the 16th century. However, pride and (to my mind) a misplaced sense of representing the old nobility of the Middle Ages, they frequently found themselves at odds with the ruling dynasty. They were supporting a lost cause, by the time of Henry VIII surely, the old Aristocracy was largely extinct, Yorkists were eliminated and Henry VII had de [...]

    11. The Howards make for fascinating history and reading, but I have to say I'm a bit peeved that the *female* Howards of note - namely, Anne Boleyn and her first cousin, the adulterous teenager Katherine Howard - aren't even given short shrift in this book. In one chapter bridging the time when Thomas Howard (uncle to both girls) was riding high on the tide of Henry's favor with the time when he was practically banished from court, Anne's name is invoked only because her fall brought along Thomas' [...]

    12. A great biography of the highs and lows of the powerful Howard family during the Tudor period. At first I feared it would be another retelling of the key Tudor events with simply a nod towards the Howards being there in some small relevant or irrelevant capacity. Thankfully my fears were allayed after a few chapters when Hutchinson turned his focus from the general history towards the personal circumstances of the Dukes. Hutchinson gives a detailed account of the intrigues and plots that helped [...]

    13. This book started out feeling very dense and impossible, but it gets better as you go on (and once you get used to there being a new Howard, Norfolk, and Surrey every 30-40 pages.) There are even some funny bits, like when the author apologizes for having to refer to finding Henry VII's next bride as "pimping." It basically covers the Tudor dynasties under several English rulers, paying particular attention to the daily squabbles and intrigue of court life. It's interesting to me because I never [...]

    14. Very interesting read about the Howard family, especially if you're only familiar with Anne, Catherine, and their conniving, manipulative uncle, the third Duke of Norfolk, who threw both nieces to the wolves to retain power and Henry's favor.There have been complaints here and there about this book focusing mainly on the Howard men, but really it makes sense - the women were not often at court, nor were their activities considered nearly as important as their male counterparts. Besides, a substa [...]

    15. Brilliant. This book, which I got for a present on my birthday. Is an excellent chronicle of the Howard family, from the mid 15th century to the mid 17th century. But, as I know, they have ancestors living today, just that after about 1620 they didn't get in as much strife, and hence, they weren't a 'house of treason' anymore. Indeed, many Howard family members got beheaded, imprisoned, titles stripped, so many punishments for foolish decisions such as adultery, planning to overthrow the throne, [...]

    16. I loved this book as it looks at this dynasty warts as well. I visited Sheriff Hutton and I had found out that the Earl of Surrey who fought at Bosworth with Richard's army had stayed at Sheriff Hutton and few years later with Arthur, prince of Wales. I was a little puzzled how he managed that and a lot other things like marrying the queens sister in his second marriage. I had found this book in my local library and I found the book toughly interesting read. I would recommend this book to anyone [...]

    17. A fascinating account of the Howard family from the reign of Henry VII to the end of Elizabeth I's reign. This is by far my favourite book by Hutchinson.The narrative provides an interesting perspective, intertwining family history with the history of the Tudor dynasty, making it a definite mus read for people new to the period and those who have read around on the period.The book is well sourced and referenced yet also well written and easy to follow as Hutchinson provides a chronology, genealo [...]

    18. Review - I was a little disappointed by this book. Although it was about the Howard family, Hutchinson only quite briefly looked at the Boleyn connection, and the role of the Howards in Anne Boleyn's rise in particular. Thomas Boleyn was the brother-in-law of the Duke of Norfolk. I also would have been glad to see more of the early Howards, before Henry VIII's reign, more in particular about how the Howards clawed back from the disaster of Bosworth.General Subject/s - Tudors / Biography / Histor [...]

    19. A splendid and well written book that is historically enthralling. I have always been interested in the Dukes of Norfolk because of the Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard connection but this book explores the background of this family in much more depth covering the machinations and alternating fortunes of that family's individuals from Henry 7th to James 1st. It is very enlightening and is not at all 'dry' but very easy to read.

    20. This is the second or third attempt I've made to read a book by this author, and yet again, I just couldn't get into it. The subject matter was excellent, and one I was extremely curious about. The Howards were such a vital part of the Tudor era, and I'd been looking forward to seeing something devoted to exclusively to them. The tone of the book was just so dry that it was literally a chore just to open it up, and I couldn't stick with it.

    21. The Howard family were a scheming conniving bunch who often found themselves in the right place at the right time by their machinations and as the reign of Henry VIII drew to a close suddenly found themselves in the wrong place. This is a detailed biography of a family with a clear explanation of the politics and personalities of the period my problem is that I wanted to know more about individual members of the family.

    22. Good to read about the Tudors through a powerful and ultimately treacherous family! Thankfully the book truly was just about the Howards and there wasn't too much scene setting. Too often these books spend too much time on the monarchs when generally those who read these books have already read widely on the subject. I like his writing style.

    23. This covers the Dukes of Norfolk from the accession of Henry VII through Elizabeth I's reign. It's a interesting look at a family that constantly found itself in trouble with the crown, yet kept clawing its way back to power.

    24. Another way of looking at the horrible history of the Tudors, this time through the story of the Howard family. It's confusing at times as to which member of the family we're talking about, but a good read.

    25. The Howard family is one my favorite English families, they were incredibly fascinating and this book does them justice, capturing each generation perfectly. I would urge anyone with an interest in Tudor History to give it a read!!

    26. A great account of the multiple rises and falls of one of the preeminent families of Tudor England. The book gets beneath the veneer of the aristocracy and exposes the human strengths and failings of a family who consistently seemed to consider aristocracy of greater import than politics.

    27. Excellent book for info on the Dukes of Norfolk, well written and researched. I finally know which Duke did what and when. The Howards were a very proud family and that's what got them into lots of trouble -- course it wasn't easy to please the Tudors!

    28. Good non-fiction that helps explain the House of Norfolk. Just in time for me as I am watching "Wolf Hall". It can be quite difficult keeping all those Thomases and Henrys in their proper places, but an appendix at the end of the book helps with this a great deal.

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