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Guy, J. A. (John Alexander)

Works: 85 works in 446 publications in 2 languages and 16,696 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographies  Conference papers and proceedings  Juvenile works  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Host, Publishing director
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Most widely held works by J. A Guy
Queen of Scots : the true life of Mary Stuart by J. A Guy( Book )

9 editions published between 1942 and 2014 in English and held by 1,637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new historian of Mary Queen of Scots draws on new sources to shatter various myths surrounding this odd monarch and uncover some of the scandals and political machinations underpinning, and undermining, her throne
Tudor England by J. A Guy( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 1,283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focuses on the society, politics and culture of Tudor England, examines its strengths and weaknesses and portrays the personalities and politics of the monarchs and politicians
Thomas Becket : warrior, priest, rebel : a nine-hundred-year-old story retold by J. A Guy( Book )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Behind the legend, there was a man. In 1120 the wife of a Norman draper's merchant gave birth to a baby boy in London's bustling Cheapside. Despite his middle-class background and unremarkable abilities, he rose within the space of thirty-five years to become the most powerful man in the kingdom, second only to Henry II himself
Elizabeth : the forgotten years by J. A Guy( Book )

8 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 1,133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A groundbreaking biography of Elizabeth I revealing for the first time the woman behind the polished veneer as she confronts challenges at home and abroad: war against the Catholic powers of France and Spain, revolt in Ireland, an economic crisis that triggered riots in the streets of London, and a conspiracy to place her cousin Mary Queen of Scots on her throne
The public career of Sir Thomas More by J. A Guy( Book )

21 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sir Thomas More (/mr/; 7 February 1478 ? 6 July 1535), known to Roman Catholics as Saint Thomas More since 1935, was an English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman, and noted Renaissance humanist. He was an important councillor to Henry VIII of England and was Lord Chancellor from October 1529 to 16 May 1532. He was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1935 as one of the early martyrs of the schism that separated the Church of England from Rome in the 16th century. In 2000, Pope John Paul II declared him patron of Catholic statesmen and politicians. More was an opponent of the Protestant Reformation, in particular of Martin Luther and William Tyndale. However, since 1980, he is also commemorated by the Church of England as a reformation martyr."--Wikipedia
The children of Henry VIII by J. A Guy( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 810 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nothing consumed Henry VIII, England's wealthiest and most powerful king, more than his desire to produce a legitimate male heir and perpetuate the Tudor dynasty. To that end he married six wives, became the subject of the most notorious divorce case of the sixteenth century, and broke with the pope, all in an age of international competition and warfare, social unrest, and growing religious intolerance and discord. Henry fathered four children who survived childhood, each by a different mother. In The Children of Henry VIII, renowned Tudor historian John Guy tells their stories, returning to the archives and drawing on a vast array of contemporary records, personal letters, ambassadors' reports, and other eyewitness accounts, including the four children's own handwritten letters. Guy's compelling narrative illuminates their personalities, depicting siblings often scarred by jealously, mutual distrust, bitter rivalry, even hatred. Possessed of quick wits and strong wills, their characters were defined partly by the educations they received, and partly by events over which they had no control. Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond, although recognized as the king's son, could never forget his illegitimacy. Edward would succeed his father, but died while still in his teens, desperately plotting to exclude his half-sisters from the throne, and utterly failing to do so. Mary's world was shattered by her mother Catherine of Aragon's divorce and her own unhappy marriage. Elizabeth was the most successful, but also the luckiest. Even so, she lived with the knowledge that her father had ordered her mother Anne Boleyn's execution, was often in fear of her own life, and could never marry the one man she truly loved. John Guy takes us behind the façade of politics and pageantry at the Tudor court, vividly capturing the greatest and most momentous family drama in all of English history."--Publisher's website
The Tudors : a very short introduction by J. A Guy( Book )

21 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offering a compelling account of the political, religious and economic changes of England and Wales under such leading monarchs as Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, this text presents a concise introduction to the reign of the Tudor monarchs
Thomas More by J. A Guy( Book )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2018 in English and held by 685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Reconsidering key issues in More's life, this new study not only allows us to see with clarity the different portrayals that have arisen to explain or condemn or exculpate, it also breaks fresh ground in its use of new evidence to reconstitute More's beliefs on Henry VIII and the royal supremacy, on the power of Parliament, on the power of the papacy and of the General Council of the Roman Catholic Church. To the question 'For what did More so silently die?' we now have a better informed, if no less controversial, answer." "But who was the historical More? Which of the many characterisations that have attached to his name, some plainly incompatible, are upheld by the sources? In this new study we are, taken behind the facade, to understand better the substructure of evidence on which biographers must construct their works. We see not only the different portrayals that have arisen to explain or condemn or exculpate, but are also given a sense of what we can and cannot know about Thomas More, laying bare those points of transition between the sustainable and the conjectural."--Jacket
A daughter's love : Thomas More and his dearest Meg by J. A Guy( Book )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 664 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the novelistic vividness that made his National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Queen of Scots “a pure pleasure to read" (Washington Post BookWorld), John Guy brings to life Thomas More and his daughter Margaret- his confidante and collaborator who played a critical role in safeguarding his legacy.Sir Thomas More's life is well known: his opposition to Henry VIII's marriage to Anne Boleyn, his arrest for treason, his execution and martyrdom. Yet Margaret has been largely airbrushed out of the story in which she played so important a role. John Guy restores her to her rightful place in this captivating account of their relationship.Always her father's favorite child,Margaret was such an accomplished scholar by age eighteen that her work earned praise from Erasmus. She remained devoted to her father after her marriage-and paid the price in estrangement from her husband.When More was thrown into the Tower of London,Margaret collaborated with him on his most famous letters from prison, smuggled them out at great personal risk, even rescued his head after his execution. John Guy returns to original sources that have been ignored by generations of historians to create a dramatic new portrait of both Thomas More and the daughter whose devotion secured his place in history
The cardinal's court ; the impact of Thomas Wolsey in Star Chamber by J. A Guy( Book )

18 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Om den engelske kardinal og politiker Thomas Wolsey (ca. 1473-1530) under Henry VIII der spillede en væsentlig rolle i Court of Star Champer
Reassessing the Henrician Age : humanism, politics, and reform, 1500-1550 by Alistair Fox( Book )

10 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The reign of Elizabeth I : court and culture in the last decade by J. A Guy( Book )

18 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is about the politics and political culture of the 'last decade' of the reign of Elizabeth I, in effect the years 1585 to 1603. It argues that this period was so distinctive that it amounted to the second of two 'reigns'. It also invites readers, at times provocatively, to take a critical look at the declining Virgin Queen." "Many teachers and their students have failed to consider the 'last decade' in its own right, or have ignored it, having begun their accounts in 1558 and struggled on to the defeat of the Armada in 1588. Only two major political surveys have been attempted since 1926. Both consider mainly the war with Spain and the politics of war, and each allots inadequate space to Crown patronage, puritanism and religion, society and the economy, political thought, and literature and drama. This book, written by some of the leading scholars of their generation, will be indispensable to a fuller understanding of the age."--Jacket
My heart is my own : the life of Mary Queen of Scots by J. A Guy( Book )

24 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a dramatic reinterpretation of the life of Mary, Queen of Scots. Crowned Queen of Scotland at nine months of age, and Queen of France at 16, at 18 Mary ascended the throne that was her birthright and began ruling one of the most fractious courts in Europe, riven by religious conflict and personal lust for power. She rode out at the head of an army in both victory and defeat; saw her second husband assassinated, and married his murderer. She was a woman so magnetic, so brilliant in conversation that her cousin, Elizabeth I, refused to meet her in the course of their lifetimes for fear of being overshadowed or outwitted. At 25 she entered captivity at the hands of her rival queen, from which only death would release her. The life of Mary Stuart is one of unparalleled drama and conflict. From the labyrinthine plots laid by the Scottish lords to wrest power for themselves, to the efforts made by Elizabeth's ministers to invalidate Mary's legitimate claim to the English throne, John Guy returns to the archives to explode the myths and correct the inaccuracies that surround this most fascinating monarch. He also explains a central mystery: why Mary would have consented to marry - only three months after the death of her second husband, Lord Darnley - the man who was said to be his killer, the Earl of Bothwell. He also solves, through careful re-examination of the Casket Letters, the secret behind Darnley's spectacular assassination at Kirk o'Field. With great pathos, Guy illuminates how the imprisoned Mary's despair led to a reckless plot against Elizabeth - and thus to her own execution. The portrait that emerges is not of a political pawn or a manipulative siren, but of a shrewd and charismatic young ruler who relished power and, for a time, managed to hold together a fatally unstable country. The book is a work of historical scholarship that offers radical new interpretations of an ancient story. - Publisher
The Tudor monarchy( Book )

6 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Court of Star Chamber and its records to the reign of Elizabeth I by J. A Guy( Book )

7 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Law and social change in British history : papers presented to the Bristol Legal History Conference, 14-17 July 1981 by Bristol Legal History Conference( Book )

11 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christopher St. German on chancery and statute by J. A Guy( Book )

10 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Politics, law and counsel in Tudor and early Stuart England by J. A Guy( Book )

9 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kings & queens by John Guy( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles the English monarchs from Henry IV to Elizabeth I and Scottish rulers from 1214 to 1406, and describes major events in their reigns, important contemporaries, and leading developments in society and the arts
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Queen of Scots : the true life of Mary Stuart
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Tudor EnglandThe Tudors : a very short introductionThomas MoreA daughter's love : Thomas More and his dearest MegThe reign of Elizabeth I : court and culture in the last decadeMy heart is my own : the life of Mary Queen of ScotsThe Tudor monarchyPolitics, law and counsel in Tudor and early Stuart EnglandKings & queens