Proclaimed queen in 1553
Deposed after nine days. Executed in 1554.
Reigned Before the Tudors:
The House of York
Reigned After the Tudors:
The House of Stuart
Reigned 1603-1649, 1660-1714
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The Tudors: The Complete Story of England's Most Notorious Dynasty by G. J. Meyer. Weaves together all the sinners and saints, the tragedies and triumphs, the high dreams and dark crimes of the Tudor family.
Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I by Peter Ackroyd. The story of Henry VIII's relentless pursuit of an heir; how the brief reign of teenage Edward VI, gave way to the violent reimposition of Catholicism under "Bloody Mary"; and the long reign of Elizabeth I, which finally brought stability.
The Tudors: History of a Dynasty by David Loades. A comprehensive overview of the complete Tudor dynasty.
The House of Tudor by Alison Plowden. Tells the story of the astonishing royal family that appeared out of nowhere in 1485, blazed briefly, and then vanished.
Tudor: The Family Story by Leanda de Lisle. Traces the rise and rule of the royal Tudor dynasty, from 1437 to the first decade of the 17th century.
The Tudors by Richard Rex. Looks at how the public and private lives of the Tudor monarchs were inextricably linked. Includes 140 illustrations.
The Rise of the Tudors: The Family That Changed English History by Chris Skidmore. Drawing on eyewitness reports, manuscripts and archaeological evidence, this book tells the story of the family that rose from obscure Welsh gentry to the throne of England.
Tudors Versus Stewarts: The Fatal Inheritance of Mary, Queen of Scots by Linda Porter. Tells the story of divided families, flamboyant kings and queens, blood feuds, sexual license, and violent deaths.
The Tudor Monarchy edited by John Guy. A collection of scholarly essays.
Bosworth Field to Bloody Mary: An Encyclopedia of the Early Tudors by John A. Wagner. This A-Z encyclopedia covers the reigns of Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, and Mary I. Nearly 400 entries.
Tudor Queenship: The Reigns of Mary and Elizabeth edited by Anna Whitelock and Alice Hunt. Essays on a range of issues, issues, from politics and personnel to ceremony and costume.
Introductions to the Tudors
The Tudors: A Very Short Introduction by John Guy. Account of the political, religious and economic changes in England under the Tudor monarchs.
The Tudors for Dummies by David Loads and Mei Trowe. Learn about Tudor monarchs, the life and times of everyday people, and the intrigues and scandals of the royal court.
The Reign of the Tudors
New Worlds, Lost Worlds by Susan Brigden is about the rule of the Tudors, 1485-1603.
Selling the Tudor Monarchy: Authority and Image in Sixteenth-Century England by Kevin Sharpe. Tudor kings and queens sought to enhance their authority by presenting themselves to best advantage.
The Fighting Tudors by David Loades. Examines great battles of the Tudor reigns, royal propaganda, and an isolated dynasty's struggle for survival.
Tudors in Literature and Film
Royal Poetrie: Monarchic Verse and the Political Imaginary of Early Modern England by Peter C. Herman. Devotes a chapter each to poetry written by Henry VIII, Mary Stuart, Elizabeth I, and James VI/I. A postscript examines verses that circulated under Charles I's name after his execution.
The Tudors on Film and Television by Sue Parrill and William B. Robison. From 1895 to 2011, this filmography chronicles every known film about the Tudor era, including movies, TV series, documentaries, animated films, and shorts.
House of Treason: The Rise & Fall of a Tudor Dynasty by Robert Hutchinson. The history of the Howard family, whose pride and ambition secured only their downfall. Two Howard women married Henry VIII, but even they could not hold their enemies at bay.
The Uncrowned Kings of England: The Black History of the Dudleys and the Tudor Throne by Derek Wilson. Throughout the Tudor Age, the Dudley family was never far from controversy. This book charts the scandals and triumphs of the family whose fortunes rose and fell with the royal line.
The Last White Rose: Dynasty, Rebellion and Treason - The Secret Wars Against the Tudors by Desmond Seward. Examines the many Yorkist pretenders and conspiracies during the reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII, and why the Tudor dynasty had difficulty establishing itself.
Tudor Survivor: The Life and Times of Courtier William Paulet by Margaret Scard. Biography. The ultimate courtier, Paulet served at the courts of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary, and Elizabeth I. He was a judge at the trials of Fisher, More, and the alleged accomplices of Anne Boleyn. Though born a commoner, by his death he was the senior peer in England.
Tudor Cousins: Rivals for the Throne by Dulcie M. Ashdown is about lesser-known members of the Tudor dynasty.
The Closing of the Middle Ages? England, 1471-1529 by Richard Britnell.
England Under the Tudors by Geoffrey R. Elton.
Historical Dictionary of Tudor England, 1485-1603 edited by Ronald H. Fritze. Contains almost 300 entries written by experts for a general audience.
Tudor England by John Guy is a scholarly look at Tudor society.
The Later Tudors: England 1547-1603 by Penry Williams. A study of England between the accession of Edward VI and the death of Elizabeth I, a turbulent period of conflict between warring Catholics and Protestants.
Rethinking the Henrician Era by Peter C. Herman is a collection of essays on early Tudor texts and contexts.
A Brief History of the Tudor Age by Jasper Ridley. The tapestry of Tudor life, including its costumes, travel, food and medicine, sports and pastimes, the stultifying narrowness of peasant life, the intrigues and machinations at the court, and the miseries of the plague.
The Oxford Illustrated History of Tudor & Stuart Britain edited by J. S. Morrill. Includes 225 color illustrations. Out of print, but available from Alibris.
Shakespeare's England: Life in Elizabethan and Jacobean Times by Ron Pritchard.
Daily Life in Elizabethan England by Jeffrey L. Singman. Includes recipes, clothing patterns, songs and games from original sources. Covers birth, childhood, education, marriage, old age, and death; houses, villages, towns, and travel, and more.
Elizabeth's London: Everyday Life in Elizabethan London by Liza Picard. Covers Elizabethan streets, houses and gardens; cooking, housework and shopping; clothes, jewellery and make-up; sex and food; education, etiquette and hobbies; and more.
Intrigue and Treason: The Tudor Court, 1547-1558 by David Loades. How the court changed through a series of plots, affairs and religious rollercoasters that reached to the heart of the royal family.
The Yeomen of the Guard and the Early Tudors: The Formation of a Royal Bodyguard by Anita Hewerdine. Examines the role of the Yeomen of the Guard during the reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII, their apparel, and their weapons.
Tudor Court Culture edited by Thomas Betteridge and Anna Riehl. Essays examine courtliness as a state of mind, a way of behaving, a language, and a symbol.
Tudors, Stuarts & the Russian Tsars: Treasures of the Royal Courts edited by Olga Dmitrieva and Tessa Murdoch. Explores diplomatic, trade and cultural exchanges between the courts of Britain and Russia from the reign of Henry VIII to the death of Charles II. Photos illustrate chapters on portraits, arms and armour, heraldry, textiles and jewellery, and more.
The Tudor House and Garden: Architecture and Landscape in the Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries by Paula Henderson. Focusing on country houses, this book examines natural and man-made landscapes, gatehouses, banqueting houses, and more. Includes over 200 images and a complete gazetteer.
Castles & Palaces of the Tudors & Stuarts: The Golden Age of Britain's Historic & Stately Houses by Charles Phillips. A visual reference guide.
Nonsuch Palace: Domestic Material by Martin Biddle. Nonsuch in Surrey was Henry VIII's last and most fantastic palace. Excavations of the site in 1959-60 uncovered a large amount of architectural and domestic material. This volume, the second in the series, publishes the domestic finds, including glass, ceramics, coins and tokens, clay pipes, and a wooden pocket sundial.
The Quest for Nunsuch by John Dent. The search for the lost Tudor palace at Ewell, built for Henry VIII in 1538 and demolished in 1682 on the orders of Barbara Villiers. Out of print, but available at Alibris.
The Royal Palaces of Tudor England: Architecture and Court Life 1460-1547 by Simon Thurley. The author, chief curator of England's Historic Royal Palaces Agency, discusses Tudor food, manners, recreation and much more. Includes floor plans of palaces. I have this book and it's fantastic. From Alibris.
Life in a Tudor Palace by Christopher Gidlow. Take a tour of a courtly palace, encountering the kitchens, the bakery, the laundry, the bedrooms, the gardens and the privvies!
The Tudor and Stuart Monarchy: Pageantry, Painting, Iconography by Roy Strong. Art from the Elizabethan period.
Tudor Costume and Fashion by Herbert Norris. A detailed illustrated reference book, 900 pages long.
All the King's Cooks by Peter Brears. The massive kitchens at Hampton Court were built to supply the entire household of Henry VIII. This book dispels misconceptions about the cooking and eating of meals in Tudor England.
Banquetting Stuffe: The Fare and Social Background of the Tudor and Stuart Banquet edited by C. Anne Wilson and illustrated by Peter Brears.
Food and Feast in Tudor England by Alison Sim. Out of print, but available from Alibris.
The Proclamations of the Tudor Kings by R. W. Heinze. Analysis of the use, authority and enforcement of proclamations in early Tudor England.
The Proclamations of the Tudor Queens by Frederick A. Youngs Jr. Investigates the independent prerogative Mary I and Elizabeth I exercised through royal proclamations.
Tudor Political Culture edited by Dale Hoak. Essays about royal iconography, funeral symbolism, parliamentary elections, kinship and family at court and in the country, and more.
Studies in Tudor and Stuart Politics and Government by G.R. Elton. Collection of papers about the political, constitutional, and personal problems of the Tudor and Stuart governments. Published in four volumes.
The Political History of Tudor and Stuart England: A Sourcebook edited by Victor Stater. From the bloody overthrow of Richard III to the creation of an imperial state under Queen Anne, this collection of documents illustrates England's transition from the medieval to the modern.
Tudor Rebellions by Anthony Fletcher and Diarmaid Macculloch. Topics addressed include the dynasty's attempt to bring the north and west under control; the progress of the English Reformation; and the impact of inflation, taxation and enclosure on society.
Authority and Disorder in Tudor Times: 1461-1603 by Paul Thomas. Explores authority and disorder within every level of society: the family, church, parish, law courts, nobility and the monarchy itself.
Authority and Consent in Tudor England edited by George W. Bernard and Steven J. Gunn. Essays about the government, society and religion, and England's relations with its neighbors.
Defending Royal Supremacy and Discerning God's Will in Tudor England by Daniel Eppley. Scholarly exploration of the Tudor monarchs' supremacy over the English church.
Scripture and Royal Supremacy in Tudor England: The Use of Old Testament and Historical Narrative by Andre A. Gazal. Examines the development of the doctrine of Royal Supremacy, beginning with Henry VIII and continuing up to Elizabeth I and the passage of the Act of Supremacy in 1559.
Tudor Histories of the English Reformations, 1530-83 by Thomas Betteridge.
Queen Elizabeth and the Making of Policy, 1572-1588 by Wallace T. MacCaffrey. Three volumes that chronicle the Queen's decision making throughout her reign, together in paperback.
Elizabeth's Wars by Paul Hammer. War, government, and society in Tudor England, 1544-1604.
The Portable Queen by Mary Hill Cole. Politics and ceremony in the progresses of Elizabeth I.
Elizabeth I and Foreign Policy by Susan Doran.
An Elizabethan Progress by Zillah Dovey is about the queen's journey to East Anglia in 1578.
Elizabeth I: War and Politics 1588-1603 by Wallace T. MacCaffrey.
The Twilight Lords: Elizabeth I and the First Irish Holocaust by Richard Berleth.
Elizabeth I, CEO: Strategic Lessons From the Leader Who Built an Empire by Alan Axelrod. Advice on how to succeed in the corporate world by following Elizabeth's shrewd example.
Spectacle Pageantry and Early Tudor Policy by Sydney Anglo. Covers every royal festival, masque, and tournament of the Tudor era.
Tudor and Jacobean Tournaments by Alan R. Young. Out of print, but available from Alibris.
Birth, Marriage, and Death: Ritual, Religion, and the Life-Cycle in Tudor and Stuart England by David Cressy. Social life and customs.
Courtship and Constraint: Rethinking the Making of Marriage in Tudor England by Diane O'Hara. Looks at the structures of courtship and the role of family and community; the role of the go-betweens; dowries and property in courtship.
Princes, Pastors and People by Susan Doran. Traces the many changes in religious life that took place during the Tudor and Stuart eras.
The Life of Edward Stanley, Third Earl of Derby by Edward M. Zevin. The relationship between the 16th century English nobility and the Tudor monarchy as reflected by the career of the wealthy third earl of Derby (1521-1572).
Acton Court: The Evolution of an Early Tudor Courtier's House by Kirsty Rodwell, Robert Bell. Remodelling of this manor house reflected its owners' growing wealth and rise to royal favor, culminating in a visit in 1535 from Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
The Description of England by William Harrison is the classic contemporary account of Tudor social life.
Pleasures and Pastimes in Tudor England by Alison Sim. From reading, theater, dancing, and music to card games and bear-baiting, the people of Tudor society had plenty to keep them amused. The author also sketches the history of Tudor dress and discusses Tudor homes. Out of print, but available from Alibris.
Travesties and Transgressions in Tudor and Stuart England: Tales of Discord and Dissension by David Cressy is about unusual behavior (such as cross-dressing) and events (such as excommunication) in Tudor times.
A Journey Through Tudor England by Suzannah Lipscomb. This book discusses over fifty Tudor places, including Hampton Court, Hever Castle, and Tutbury Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned. Includes 16 pages of photos.
The Counties of Britain: A Tudor Atlas by John Speed and Alasdair Hawkyard. Published in association with The British Library. 67 of the maps are reproduced in full color.
John Leland's Itinerary: Travels in Tudor England by John Chandler. Gives an account of Leland's travels between 1539 and 1545, and records his observations of places and buildings, landscapes and monuments, crumbling monasteries, parks, suburbs, and stately homes.
Tudor Women: Queens and Commoners by Alison Plowden. An account of the women who lay behind the scenes of 16th-century English history. The women of the royal family are the central characters: what they ate, how they dressed, the books they read, the letters they wrote.
The Tudor Queens of England by David Loades. From Elizabeth of York, wife of Henry VII, to her grand-daughter Elizabeth I.
Wicked Women of Tudor England: Queens, Aristocrats, Commoners by Retha Warnicke. A book from the Queenship and Power series.
From Heads of Household to Heads of State: The Preaccession Households of Mary and Elizabeth Tudor, 1516-1558 by J. L. McIntosh. As independent property owners, Tudor princesses attained a status usually reserved for elite men, attracted political clients, and challenged royal authority.
Women According to Men by Suzanne W. Hull is about the world of Tudor-Stuart women.
The Tudor Housewife by Alison Sim details the life of the average woman in Tudor England.
Bess of Hardwick: Empire Builder by Mary S. Lovell. Daughter of an impoverished nobleman, Bess outlived four monarchs, married four times, built the great house at Chatsworth, and died one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in English history.
Bess of Hardwick: Portrait of an Elizabethan Dynast by David Durrant. Biography of one of the most remarkable women in Tudor history. Queen Elizabeth I held Bess in such esteem that she entrusted her with the task of acting as jailer to Mary, Queen of Scots. By the end of the 19th century, Bess's blood was flowing through most of the aristocratic families of England.
Venus in Winter: A Novel of Bess of Hardwick by Gillian Bagwell. Fiction. At the court of King Henry VIII, young Bess learns that marrying is a dangerous business. Even so, she finds the courage to wed not once, but four times, leaving her with a large fortune -- and even larger decisions.
Shakespeare's Kings: The Great Plays and the History of England in the Middle Ages, 1337-1485 by John Julius Norwich takes a look at the historical accuracy of Shakespeare's plays about English kings.
Shakespeare's English Kings: History, Chronicle, and Drama by Peter Saccio also explores the history behind Shakespeare's plays. Includes genealogical charts.
Shakespeare's Prince by Guy Story Brown. A study of Shakespeare's play The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eighth and its relation to Machiavelli's The Prince, the Christian schism in England, and the rule of the Tudors.
The Disguised Ruler in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries by Kevin A. Quarmby. In the early 17th century, the London stage often portrayed a ruler covertly spying on his subjects. The disguised ruler motif evolved in the 1580s as light-hearted entertainment, only to suffer a sinister transformation in later years.
Shakespeare's Consuls, Cardinals, and Kings: The Real History Behind the Plays by Dick Riley. Examines the sources available to Shakespeare, how he turned history into drama (and kept himself in the good graces of Queen Elizabeth and King James), and what modern historians say about his plays.
Alterations of State: Sacred Kingship in the English Reformation by Richard C. McCoy. Looks at how writers like Shakespeare and Milton portrayed kingship during the Reformation.
Holy Estates: Marriage and Monarchy in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries by Sid Ray. Early modern political treatises adopt the language of marriage tracts, using their construction of the family unit as a model for exercising power. The metaphors often took on subversive meanings when redeployed in fiction and drama.
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