I need a good book on European history
June 10, 2008 3:25 AM Subscribe
So Mrs Mutant purchased a BBC series , The Tudors, and watching it has raised lots
of questions about the real events.
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I'm an American farm boy living in London. I've tried to soak up as much history as I can, especially so about the area we live in (The East End), but this Tudors series has a rich backdrop that nothing in my American education has prepared me for.
Can anyone recommend a book that would give me some background? I've perused the various Wikipedia entries, but would like something more cohesive. I'm specifically having problems with the history of the European Royal Families (were they all really that interbred?), that whole thing about marrying off six year old girls to twenty plus year old kings (for real?), the various "universal and perpetual peace treaties" that seemed to have regularly been established and then rescinded (usually with some plotting going on), and the near constant feuding these Royals engaged in with each other. And I'd also like to get some sense of what laws (if any) protecting personal rights were in place in the UK (and perhaps other nations) at that time. 'Cause even when The King wanted to off someone it seems they had to go through some type of trial.
Any background history on the various European nations would be helpful as well; for example, in one episode Henry is plotting with the King of Spain, who professes to "have an army but no ships". I guess the Spanish Armada came much later, but I'd like to have this information as well.
Multi volume ok, but perhaps capped at three, say about 1K pages max for the entire set.
Thanks for your help!!