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Book Grocer Guides: The Tudors

by Book Grocer on April 19, 2022
One of the most talked about royal lines in the world... and the inspiration behind the hit series ReignThe White QueenThe Tudors and movie, The Other Boleyn Girl. Court politics, scandalous affairs, and bastard children– who are the Tudors and why are so many intrigued by the royal line that ruled England for a century?
We're here to give you the run down, plus both Historical and Historical Fiction recommendations that we think you'll absolutely love, including Histories of the Unexpected, a concise history of the Tudor Monarchy and Wolf Hall Companion, summarising key Tudor characters, events, and places.
Histories of the Unexpected The Tudors Wolf Hall Companion The Tudors The People The Places The History by Lauren Mackay

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The Tudor Monarchs (1485-1603)King Henry VI VIII Edward VI Queen Mary I Elizabeth I of England

The Beginning of the Tudor Dynasty

King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York

It all starts with the downfall of the York line, when King Edward V falls fatally ill. Henry Tudor, the main rival to the throne of England took this opportunity to take the crown by conquest, becoming King Henry VII. Though his claims to the throne are legitimate, the York line had many supporters among the people, and to subdue any protests, King Henry VII marries Edward's daughter, Elizabeth of York to solidify his place as the King of England.

 We recommend:

Ravenspur Rise of the Tudors by Conn Iggulden War of the RosesElizabeth of York The First Tudor Queen by Alison Weir

Three Catherines, Two Annes, One Jane

King Henry VIII and his Six Wives

The infamous King Henry VIII, second son of King Henry VII and Queen Elizabeth of York, inspired the musical Six, and movies starring A-list stars Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson. His reign has many people around the world captivated by the scandalous stories around his six wives and the break away from the Catholic Church to establish his own church.

To think he caused public outrage in this decision just so he could 'legally'  divorce his wife Catherine of Aragon to marry the cunning and coy, Anne Boleyn.

Since Anne Boleyn, and his newfound ability to divorce, he's wed four other women: Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Kathryn Howard, Catherine Parr, and sired three future monarchs.

We recommend:

Thomas Cromwell A Life by Diarmaid MacCulloch The TudorsWolf Hall Trilogy by Hilary Mantel The TudorsThe Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory Catharine of Aragon, Katherine of AragonThe Six Wives of Henry VIII THe Tudor Queens by ALison Weir

The Boy King

King Edward VI

A single male heir, son of King Henry VIII and his third wife, Jane Seymour, was born weak. He's been dubbed The Boy King as his reign began at just 10 years old. As one can imagine, King Edward VI was only the face of his reign, as political figures ruled through him, though that didn't make his reign any less dull. However, King Edward VI was only on the throne for a mere 6 years before he died at the age of 15 due to one of his sickly diseases.

We recommend: Tudor Church Militant Edward VI and the Protestant Reformation by Diarmaid MacCulloch

Sister Rivals and the End of the Tudor dynasty

Queen Mary I and Queen Elizabeth I

Of course, when you create your own Church and marry seven women, determining who is next in line for the English throne could be... complicated to say the least. Queen Mary I, daughter of King Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon and Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, the short-lived Anne Boleyn had different visions when they ascended to the throne. Not much else we can say but: drama ensues.

We recommend:

Mary Queen of Scots Netflix Film Tie In by John Guy The TudorsElizabeth I The Forgotten Years by John Guy Tudors


... and that concludes our recommendations! We know these reads are going to keep you busy for a while as you delve deeper into the most talked about royal lines in history.


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