The Brandon Men
In the Shadow of Kings
Henry VIII’s brother-in-law Charles Brandon is often said to have risen from obscurity, but this study of the Brandons reveals the extent of their wealth and power across four generations in the 15th and 16th centuries. As she discusses their lives Bryson highlights the men’s close relationships with six monarchs and explains how the family managed to prosper at court by treading fine lines during a tumultuous age.
La Reine Blanche
Mary Tudor: A Life in Letters
The youngest surviving daughter of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, Mary Tudor was married to the French king Louis XII, 34 years her senior, when she was just 18. Using state papers and letters by Mary and others, this biography tells how, when she found herself a widow just three months later, the intelligent, strong-willed young woman shaped her own destiny, married for love, and defied her overbearing brother, Henry VIII.