Paul Johnson

A Rum Lot

House of Treason: The Rise and Fall of a Tudor Dynasty

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Robert Hutchinson, hitherto known chiefly as an expert in defence matters, has had the useful idea of illuminating the Tudor years, 1485–1603, by tracing the history of the most prominent noble house of the age, the Howards, Dukes of Norfolk. He has put a great deal of work into it, often examining the unpublished primary sources, and if he has discovered nothing new of importance, he has unearthed interesting details.

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