Overall 'Tudor Survivor' is a good biography and a great introduction to the Tudor court and government.
Tudor Survivor - The Life and Times of Courtier William Paulet by Marg
Aug 17, Daniel Kukwa rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fiction. I'm disappointed after reading this book. There's nothing wrong with either the writing or the historical research, but I was hoping to find out who William Paulet actually was.
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What type of man? What was his personality like? What was his relationship like with his family? What did his friends think of him? The book offers only the vaguest hints regarding these items; what it delivers is basically a super-fast overview of Tudor history, mixed in with "life of a Tudor courtier". It's all useful I'm disappointed after reading this book. It's all useful history, but it isn't in any way an examination of a man who was the ultimate survivor.
William Paulet moves through his own book as if he were just a function, no different from all the other characters mentioned. You find out the things he did, but you never once learn who he is I was hoping for so much more. Jul 17, Khalid rated it really liked it. William Paulet is the exemplar of the successful Tudor courtier.
For an astonishing 46 years he served at the courts of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary and Elizabeth and was one of the men responsible for introducing changes in religious, economic and social issues which shaped England as we know it today. He was a judge at the trials of Fisher and More and a central figure in the intrigues of the succession crisis following Edward VI's reign. Though born a commoner, by his death he was the senior p William Paulet is the exemplar of the successful Tudor courtier.
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Though born a commoner, by his death he was the senior peer in England and, as Lord High Treasurer, held one of the most influential positions at court. Paulet survived a bloody half-century of Tudor politics by making himself indispensable, satisfying the demands of four very different monarchs, while still maintaining his own principles. He watched former friends go to the block whilst he weathered the storms of a changing England.
Bringing together the separate strands of biographical study and social history, this book offers a fascinating insight not only into Paulet's long and varied career within the royal household and in government but also, through the innovative use of descriptive scenes, into the many routines and rituals that shaped the everyday life of a Tudor courtier. Jul 13, Mark Pallette rated it it was amazing. Paulet knew how to administer government departments so that they were cost efficient and smooth running for the benefit of the monarchs and the common folk.
He also knew how to compromise with his foes so that he could get things done. About this product. Stock photo. Brand new: lowest price The lowest-priced, brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging where packaging is applicable. ISBN , William Paulet was the ultimate courtier. He was a judge at the trials of Fisher, More and the alleged accomplices of Anne Boleyn, and though born a commoner, by his death he was the senior peer in England and, as Lord High Treasurer, he held one of the most influential positions at court.
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