Told for the very first time, this is the shocking and extraordinary story of the most-conniving and manipulative Tudor family you’ve never heard of – the dashing and daring Dudleys . . .
‘Exciting and immersive. An immensely entertaining history, capturing in full Tudor brilliance the cut-throat glamour of the English throne and the most audacious family to play its game’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘Breathes new life into an old and familiar Tudor story . . . It’s delightful, a joy to read’ THE TIMES, ‘BOOK OF THE WEEK’
‘This is riveting stuff: death, desire, power and scandal. Game of Thrones looks tame compared with the real-life machinations of the Dudleys’ SPECTATOR
A TIMES ‘BOOK OF 2022’ AND BOOK OF THE WEEK
Each Tudor monarch made their name with a Dudley by their side – or by crushing one beneath their feet . . .
The Dudleys thrived at the court of Henry VII, but were sacrificed to the popularity of Henry VIII. Rising to prominence in the reign of Edward VI, the Dudleys lost it all by advancing Jane Grey to the throne over Mary I.
That was until the reign of Elizabeth I, when the family were once again at the centre of power, and would do anything to remain there . . .
With three generations of felled favourites, what was it that caused this family to keep rising so high and falling so low?
Here, for the first time, is the story of England’s Borgias, a noble house competing in the murderous game of musical chairs around the English throne. Witness cunning, adultery and sheer audacity from history’s most brilliant, bold and skulduggerous family.
Welcome to the House of Dudley.
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‘Rich and compelling. Conjures up the look and feel of Tudor life . . . You will find yourself drawn in, fascinated, and richly informed’ TELEGRAPH
‘A full-blooded affair, as good on the horrors of war as it is on the soft power of the Dudley women, and written in a lively, episodic style that presents each Dudley as a foil to the monarch they served’ JESSIE CHILDS
‘An enthralling read told by Paul with great verve and an eye for the telling detail’ LITERARY REVIEW
‘The crowning jewel in its genre . . . I can’t recommend this book enough. Unputdownable’ LINDSEY FITZHARRIS
‘When reading Joanne Paul’s lively history of the house of Dudley, it is impossible not to be reminded of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy’ MAIL ON SUNDAY