Non-Fiction Tudor Books

This is a list of non-fiction books about The Tudors and Tudor England that I have referred to when researching posts and articles for my site. I have also added some that I have not yet read but that I have heard good reviews about.

This is a work in progress, as I will be adding more books as they are published and will eventually briefly annotate the titles to give you an idea of what the books are about. My aim is to only add titles that I consider to be the best available. This is by no means an exhaustive list of sources on Tudor England.

Please keep in mind that there are always varying opinions on the quality and usefulness of books and this list simply reflects books that I have found useful and would like to share with you.

If you have read a book that you think should be included in this list please contact me.

Anne Boleyn

Fraser, Antonia. The Wives of Henry VIII, 1999.

Ives, E. The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn, 2004.

Loades, D. The Six Wives of Henry VIII, 2010.

Phillips, J.O (Contributor). Love Letters of Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn, 2009.

Starkey, David. Six Wives, 2003.

Weir, A. The Lady in the Tower, 2009.

Weir, A. The Six Wives of Henry VIII, 1991.

Six Wives

Fraser, Antonia. The Wives of Henry VIII, 1999.

Loades, D. The Six Wives of Henry VIII, 2010.

Porter, L. Katherine the Queen, 2010.

Smith, L. B. Catherine Howard, 2010.

Starkey, David. Six Wives, 2003.

Weir, A. The Six Wives of Henry VIII, 1991.

Henry VIII & His Court

Doran, S and Starkey, D. Henry VIII: Man and Monarch, 2009.

Hutchinson, R. The Last Days of Henry VIII, 2005.

Phillips, J.O (Contributor). Love Letters of Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn, 2009.

Ridley, J. Henry VIII, 2002.

Starkey, D. Henry: Virtuous Prince, 2008.

Weir, A. Henry VIII: King and Court, 2008.

Wilson, D. A Brief History of Henry VIII, 2009.

Mary, Elizabeth & Edward

Dunn, J. Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens.

Hearsey, J. Elizabeth, 1969.

Loades, D. Mary Tudor: a life, 1989.

Starkey, D. Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne, 2001

Weir, A. The Children of Henry VIII, 2008.

Other Tudor Personalities

Childs, J. Henry VIII’s Last Victim, 2008.

Dunn, J. Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens.

Hart, K. The Mistresses of Henry VIII, 2009.

Ives, E. Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery, 2009.

Schaeffer, C. Mary Queen of Scots, 2002.

Starkey, David (ed.). Rivals in Power: Lives and Letters of the great Tudor Dynasties.

Life in Tudor England

Doran, S. The Tudor Chronicles, 2008.

Guy, J. Tudor England, 1990.

Harrison, D. Tudor England: Volume 1 & 2.

Herbert, Norris. Tudor Costume and Fashion, 1997.

Jennings, A. Tudor and Stuart Gardens, 2005.

Loades, D. The Tudor Court, 1987.

Mikhaila, N. Tudor Tailor: reconstructing 16th century dress, 2006.

Sim, Alison. Food and Feast in Tudor England, 1997.

Sim, A. Pleasures and Pastimes in Tudor England, 1999.

Sim, A. The Tudor Housewife, 1996.

Siraisi, N. Medieval and Early Renaissance Medicine, 1990.

Williams, Penry. Life in Tudor England, 1964.

Life in Elizabethan England

Dodds, A.H. Life in Elizabethan England.

Royal Palaces & Guidebooks

Thurley, Simon Hampton Court Palace- Official Guidebook 1996.

Thurley, Simon. The Royal Palaces of Tudor England: Architecture and Court Life, 1993.

Thurley, Simon; Edward Impey and Peter Hammond The Tower of London – Official Guidebook, 1996.

General History of England

Bindoff, S.T. Pelican History of England, 1950.

Haunted England

Brooks, J.A. Britain’s Haunted Heritage, 1990.

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Comments

  1. Sarah says:

    Thank you for this comprehensive list! I have added some to my ‘wish list’!

  2. Pam says:

    About 6 months ago I saw a book about the Tower of England that listed the names of people who had been sent to the tower and the reason. I can’t find it now and don’t remember the exact name or author. Have you heard of it and if so, can you tell me the name of it? Thanks.

  3. Natalie says:

    Hello Pam,

    I found one called “The Tower of London Prisoner Book” written by a former Yeoman Warder of the Tower, Brian Harrison. It is a Complete Chronology of Persons Known to Have Been Detained at Their Majesties’ Pleasure 110-1941. Sounds fascinating although it is a little expensive. Here is the link:
    http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/?product_id=2934

    I also found an electronic book called ‘Prisoners of the Tower of London : being an account of some who at divers times lay captive within its walls (1901)’ and the best thing is you can read it online here:
    http://www.archive.org/details/prisonersoftower00broo

    Hope this helps!

  4. Ms. Gomeric says:

    I must say that I am truly grateful for you having published this list. There here that you have listed that I had never heard of, and even authors that I have never heard of, and all of the ones that I haven’t already read or am in the process of reading have made it to my wish list and to-be-read list! I am, as some would say, obsessed with the Tudors, particularly Henry VIII, but they all fascinate me and any information on them is much appreciated. Thanks so much!

  5. Amy says:

    The Other Tudors: Henry VIII’s Mistress and Bastards was a good book, too. Phillipa Jones is the author.

  6. Bridgett says:

    I have a great desire to learn more about Henry’s mistress’s, particualarly Bess and Mary. I have read a couple of books, but would like to know if you might be willing to list a few books that might help. Thank you!

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