Lately online, I’ve seen people here and there complaining that they’re tired of the Tudors, or simply don’t like them. Some people simply can’t forgive the Tudors for supplanting the gentle, peace-loving, Maypole-dancing Plantagenets (particularly the saintly Richard III), while others are just sick of the Tudors because they’ve been such an enduringly popular subject of books, films, and television.
But what, you say? You like the Tudors? You like reading about them? You might even have the stray Tudor collectible in your house? Never fear! You’re not alone. Here are ten reasons to proudly stand up and proclaim your Tudorphilia.
- On Twitter, “Tudor” takes up a lot fewer characters than “Plantagenet.”
- If you don’t like one of Henry VIII’s wives, there’s always five more to choose from.
- They made great execution speeches.
- The Tudors had Charles Brandon, Robert Dudley, and Sir Walter Ralegh. Richard III had Francis Lovell. Ever heard anyone talk about the sheer animal magnetism of Francis Lovell? Neither have I.
- It is almost impossible to look bad in a Tudor gown.
- Without “Greensleeves,” what tune would “What Child Is This” have been set to?
- When you say you’re reading a book about Henry VIII, the chances are very slim you’ll have to explain who he is.
- Without Shakespeare, young men trying to figure out whether they should avenge their father’s death at the hands of their uncle would be at a total loss as to which literary character to compare themselves to, and star-crossed lovers would be seriously short of role models.
- The market for reproduction “B” pendants with pearls hanging from them would be practically nonexistent.
- Admirers of Richard III would have no one to blame for propaganda.
And since you probably like Tudor novels as well, here’s your chance to win mine! For the holidays, I’m giving away two signed copies of Her Highness, the Traitor, my novel about Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk, and Jane Dudley, Duchess of Northumberland. (Naturally, I’m not giving both of them to the same person.) You can enter on my blog, by commenting on this post on Facebook, or by commenting on it on Goodreads. Contest ends on midnight December 18, US Eastern Standard Time. Good luck, and I hope you’ll be getting some Tudor books for the holidays!