The Tudors in Love by Sarah Gristwood
Published: December 13, 2022
St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Biographies of Royalty
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.
Sarah Gristwood is the author of several bestselling Tudor histories. Sarah regularly appears on television and radio talking about royal and historical affairs in series such as Secrets of the National Trust and The Royal House of Windsor. One of the team providing Radio 4’s live coverage of the 2011 royal wedding, she has in 2020 alone featured in some dozen documentaries on ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5 on subjects from the Royal Collection to Grace Kelly, Winston Churchill to Admiral Nelson.
“…there is nothing more powerful than a good story.”
Taking what we understand as courtly love and applying it to the Tudors is a vast and profound topic to tackle. Sarah Gristwood eloquently and thoroughly walks us through the Tudor dynasty, explaining the application of courtly love.
The research alone in this novel is brilliant. In the sources analyzed, the excepts included, Gristwood even discusses the exaggerated things we have heard over the years.
This is a dense novel but filled with such beautiful history. I’ve always been fascinated by the Tudors, especially Henry VIII and his wives, so this was brilliant.
The depth and detail are beautifully presented. It was interesting getting possible insights into what these royals were thinking when they behaved the way they did and seeing the way love was often used as a pawn.
I would love to see Gristwood take on courtly love with Shakespeare as her focus.