My review of ‘The House of Dudley by Joanne Paul

(c) Penguin

This superbly written book views events of the reigns of the Tudor monarchs through the eyes of the Dudley family. The family’s fortunes rose and fell with each change of monarch.

From their non-noble beginnings, the Dudley’s had further to climb than other court families, which made each rise and fall even more spectacular. Two Dudley sons came tantalisingly close to the throne itself but three generations lost their lives on the scaffold.

This is a must-read account of a family who faithfully served their monarch, country and own ambitions, even when it led to disaster.

Thank you to Penguin books for my review copy

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