Author: Nathen Amin
Genre: History / nonfiction
Rating: 3.5/5 star
I received this book from the publisher, Amberley Publishing, in exchange for an honest review. This in no way effects my opinion on the book.
The House Of Beaufort by Nathen Amin is an impressive book telling for the first time, the history of the Beaufort family. They’re a well known line – usually known for the infamous Margaret Beaufort and their links to the lives of The Plantagenet and Tudor kings. There has never before been a book dedicated to this line alone and if you ask me, it’s about time! And Amin doesn’t disappoint.
The book starts off by telling where the Beaufort line originally started, how the name Beaufort was chosen when their mother was Katherine Swynford and how they spread from there until we reach the most famous Beaufort – Margaret. I have to admit when I heard about this book I was expecting more information on Margaret Beaufort than the very little bit that is covered in the book. Though, other than that minor disappointment, the book on a whole is beyond interesting and full of information I had no prior knowledge of, so on a whole it has been a fun and fascinating read. I really enjoyed learning more about where the Beaufort line came from and certainly about their mother, Katherine. The way she was treated is horrific and heartbreaking but how she responded is inspiring and the book has certainly left me needing to read more about her.
As an history student and addict and medieval historian (in training!) I enjoy nothing more than feeding my knowledge with nonfiction history books about people, places and times of interest, sometimes there’s the odd book that is under researched or generally just bad but this is not one of them. The passion and research that has been put into this book is visible on every page. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest! A great read.