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The blood soaked epic rise of the Tudors from powerful family to self-made royalty is one of the great political dramas in history.

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“a marvelous companion to this series, with wonderful illustrations and an engaging backstory . . .”

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“a fascinating and informative account of the personal lives of the Tudors.”

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For those who enjoy reading a well-told tale of historical nonfiction, this could be that story. But be forewarned that it comes with at least two caveats to be explained below.

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Drink it in with a cup of Earl Grey Tea on a cold winter evening.”

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It is hard to wrap one’s mind around a thirteen-year-old child in Victorian England killing his mother, and yet in Kate Summerscale’s book The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murde

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Charles Moore’s second volume biography of Margaret Thatcher, Margaret Thatcher at Her Zenith: In London, Washington and Moscow addresses her rise to the top and her stay there for eleven

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Billed as “a loving and hilarious, if occasionally spiky, valentine” to the author’s adopted country, Bill Bryson’s follow-up, two decades on, to his bestselling Notes from a Small Island,

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“does an admirable job of showing how national identity, myth-making, and popular culture can influence the historical narrative . . .”

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“good storytelling built on solid scholarship . . .”

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“. . . a well-written piece of investigative journalism that asks some deeply troubling questions . . .”

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“. . . an entertaining account that strings together fascinating factoids into a tapestry of urban history and cultural anthropology.”

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“. . . a richly researched, carefully crafted, balanced history of personal privacy . . .”

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“. . . thanks to determined writers like Mr. MacAirt the truths behind this particular tragedy have been resurrected.”

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“. . . a coffee table book that deserves to be read and studied. . . . beautiful and engaging . . .”

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“. . . a valuable study [but] Professor Sax misinterprets the value the majority of British people place on the Tower Raven myth . . .”