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. I’m very interested to fill in gaps in my Tudor reading and this might help me out quite a bit.Look forward to reading this:)

  2. This one looks so interesting.

  3. Stephanie Olson says:

    Sounds wonderful!!

  4. Roberta Gerber says:

    I studied Tudor England and all of the personalities involved while in college. I love to read anything about Henry VIII and his court.

  5. Another good book to read & add to my collection.

  6. Pam shakespeare says:

    Will be interesting to read about him as a younger man, not just as king.

  7. Jane Thrupp says:

    Should be a good read….. very interested to read about the accession line, you don’t get to hear about this part of Tudor History.

  8. Agnes Szabo says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this book!

  9. barbara s says:

    My 90 year old mum loves this type of book

  10. Catherine Chetwood says:

    Would be great to find out about Henry VIII’s early years, fingers crossed!

  11. Like to read for free

  12. Bonnie Malmat says:

    **Signing up for this one.**

  13. Monique Hewitt says:

    Would be an awesome read!

  14. Ohh interesting 🙂 would love to win!

  15. Angie Hamilton says:

    And another brilliant book

  16. Jemma Robertson says:

    Another great giveaway book

  17. Heli-Kaarina says:

    Love anything and everything about Henry VIII

  18. Sounds interesting 🙂

  19. I would love to read this one!

  20. Thanks for the chance!

  21. Pamela Couzens says:

    I love being immersed in this period in history. This would have been my era , although in the kitchens not at court unfortunately!

  22. Sally Hill says:

    I’m still learning about the Tudor times, and would love to read this!

  23. Jennifer Winner says:

    Please pick me! ????? I absolutely love Tudor history!

  24. georgia clair says:

    What a treat! Would love this.

  25. Lori Thomas says:

    Interesting book to add to my Tudor collection. Thx for the chance!!!

  26. Mitzi Koch says:

    Would love a chance to win this !

  27. Hard to get English history in the Czech Republic. Would love to win this!

  28. I’d be interested to learn more about the pre-Tudor/ early Tudor days.

  29. Shaun Heathcote says:

    would love to win a book

  30. Gill Colling says:

    yes please, most interesting subject!

  31. Dale Harrington says:

    Sounds very interesting.

  32. Hester McQueen says:

    Love history books

  33. Cristina McDowall says:


  34. Barbara Jones says:

    Today’s my birthday, and this would be a wonderful gift!

  35. What a wonderful giveaway, this books sounds so good!

  36. JOHN WALDREN says:

    I use this book in my talk about my life in education. It always goes well with the audience. Great stuff.

  37. Looks like a really interesting book!

  38. Thomas Plater says:

    I would love this.

  39. Great period of history.

  40. A great book

  41. It sounds very interesting!

  42. Georgina Saunt says:

    Sounds like an interesting read! I love anything Tudor!

  43. It’d be great to read a book on Henry VIII that isn’t just focussed on the the many wives.

  44. margaret ward says:

    another great book i hope to get to read

  45. Phillipa Connolly says:

    Lauren did a very interesting talk on fools at the Tudor court with Suzannah Lipscomb at Hampton Court in May this year. She is a very accomplished historian and one to watch out for the future. I haven’t read any of her work, but I would love to read this as I’m sure it highlights Tudor life in ways that has not been done before.

  46. Wendy Daemen says:

    This one sounds interesting, I love Tudor times!

  47. It would be great to read about the Tudors from an alternative perspective. Great book

  48. Katherine Verne says:

    This would be the perfect gift for my mum. She’s always looking to expand her Tudor book collection.

  49. This sounds so very interesting. I love everything Henry VIII! I’d LOVE to read about his early years!

  50. Thank you!! I would love to win!

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