On the Third Day of Christmas – Book 2

On the second day of Christmas On the Tudor Trail gave to me… the chance to win a copy of So Great a Prince: England and the Accession of Henry VIII by Lauren Johnson.

To be in the running to win this book, leave a comment after this post.

Conditions of Entry

For your chance to win a copy of So Great a Prince: England and the Accession of Henry VIII, you must be subscribed to On the Tudor Trail’s newsletter (if you are not already, sign up on our homepage where it says ‘Free Enewsletter Subscription’).

Then simply leave a comment after this post between now and 31 December 2017. Don’t forget to leave your name and a contact email. Please note that I have comment moderation activated and need to ‘approve’ comments before they appear. There is no need to submit your comment twice.

This giveaway is open internationally.

One winner will be randomly selected and contacted by email shortly after the competition closes. Please ensure you’ve added natalie@onthetudortrail.com to your address book to avoid missing my email.

Good luck!

Find Out More

Click here to read Lauren’s entertaining and informative guest post about fasting and feasting in early Tudor England.

Book Blurb

The King is dead: long live the King. In 1509, Henry VII was succeeded by his son Henry VIII, second monarch of the house of Tudor. But this is not the familiar Tudor world of Protestantism and playwrights. Decades before the Reformation, ancient traditions persist: boy bishops, pilgrimage, Corpus Christi pageants, the jewel-decked shrine at Canterbury.

So Great a Prince offers a fascinating glimpse of a country and people that at first appear alien – in calendar and clothing, in counting the hours by bell toll – but which on closer examination are recognisably and understandably human. Lauren Johnson tells the story of 1509 not just from the perspective of king and court, but of merchant and ploughman; apprentice and laundress; husbandman and foreign worker. She looks at these early Tudor lives through the rhythms of the ritual year, juxtaposing political events in Westminster and the palaces of southeast England with the liturgical and agricultural events that punctuated the year for the ordinary people of England.

About the Author

Lauren Johnson is a historian and costumed interpreter with a first-class degree from Oxford University. Her first novel, The Arrow of Sherwood, appeared in August 2013.

Lauren Johnson’s Official Website

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  1. Rich Tyler says:

    Yes please

  2. Nicholas Bootle says:


  3. Alicia Mae says:

    Oh, I’d love to read this! I feel like my knowledge about King Henry VIII’s early days has many gaps. Thanks for the lovely giveaway, Natalie!


    I know a lot about his later years. But not his early years. So this would be great to win.

  5. Heather McKeown says:

    Looking forward to reading!

  6. I love learning How people lived in history… not just the rich and famous. This sounds like a great read!

  7. This books sounds really interesting. I’d definitely want to read it.

  8. So many books, so little time…It would be wonderful to own this copy! Thank you!

  9. Lacey S Walter says:

    I would love to read this!

  10. This looks like interesting reading.

  11. Nikki Hayes says:

    Sounds fantastic, such a fascinating period in English history.

  12. Lisa Misak says:

    Would love to win this book!

  13. Would love to read this!

  14. I wrote an essay about Arthur Tudor once; would be nice to get a different perspective!

  15. Hila Huelsen says:

    Fascinating 🙂 I love it!!

  16. Hilary Bridewell says:

    this book should be on my bookshelf

  17. Lisa Evans says:

    Sounds great so the love this period of history

  18. Barbara Warrington says:

    So many books, so little time!

  19. Would love to read a book about the more tender years of Henry VIII

  20. I only know a tiny bit about him, I would love to read this.

  21. sounds like a great read

  22. Margaret Lewis says:

    I’d like to know more about his life before he became obsessed with producing an heir, and his many wives that he is most famous for.

  23. Reymie Lum says:

    I adore Henry VIII and I love any information about his life and reign.

  24. Rikihana Watson says:

    Yes please! 🙂

  25. Rachael Dickson says:

    I mean I’ve already read like 10 books about H8, why not another?
    Also I’m pretty sure I’ve read before that that picture on the front of the book is actually Arthur, not H8.

  26. Yes please

  27. Deana Sanders says:

    I’d love to know more about daily life in Tudor England

  28. Looks really nice!

  29. Lina Andersson says:

    This book sounds interesting!

  30. Geneva Standbridge says:

    Early Tudor years sounds like amazing reading to me!

  31. Stephanie Gould says:

    I love anything Tudors!!!! Over half my bookshelves is Tudor books. But I don’t have this one. 🙂

  32. Laetitia Donoso says:

    I would love to find out more about this period.

  33. Please,let me spend my Xmas with him!!!!!

  34. I’m playing for my daughter. She likes history. I have a very special cancer and she helps me a lot. She deserves this

  35. He didn’t even know what he started then…

  36. Judith MacInnes says:

    Yes please! I’d love to read more about the young Henry

  37. Paola Cascone says:

    Lovely books

  38. Would love to read this book and display it proudly on my bookshelf with all my Tudor books

  39. Nicola Dunn says:

    Yes please!

  40. My favorite reading genre, I love historical novels!

  41. Emma Hunt says:

    Would love to find out more about Henry before he was fat and paranoid 😉

  42. I’m ready to start reading my next book…thanks for the chance to win!

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