Books Consulted in Writing
The Secrets of the Tudor Court series
Kate Emerson







General References

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online)
Oxford English Dictionary
Victoria History of the Counties of England
The History of Parliament: The House of Commons 3 vols for 1509-1558; 3 vols for 1558-1603
Baumgartner, Frederic J., France in the Sixteenth Century
Beer, Barrett L., Tudor England Observed: The World of John Stow
Black, C. F., et al, Cultural Atlas of the Renaissance
Black, Jeremy, Historical Atlas of Britain,
Brimacombe, Peter, Life in Tudor England
Burton, Elizabeth, The Pageant of Early Tudor England
Clout, Hugh, ed., The Times London History Atlas
Cressy, David, Birth, Marriage & Death: Ritual, Religion, and the Life-Cycle in Tudor and Stuart England
Cressy, David, Literacy and Social Order: Reading and Writing in Tudor and Stuart England
Ellis, Henry, ed., Hall's Chronicle
Emerson, Kathy Lynn, Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in Renaissance England
Febvre, Lucien, Life in Renaissance France
Fedden, Katharine, Manor Life in Old France
Gairdner, James, ed., Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII (available at British History Online )
Harrison, William, The Description of England
Sim, Alison, Food and Feast in Tudor England
Sim, Alison, Pleasures and Pastimes in Tudor England
Sim, Alison, The Tudor Housewife
Starkey, David, ed., The Inventory of King Henry VIII: Transcript of the Inventory
Sutton, Anne F. The Mercery of London
Wiley, W. L., The Gentleman of Renaissance France


Henry VII

Alexander, Michael Van Cleave, The First of the Tudors
Bevan, Bryan, Henry VII
Crimes, S. B., Henry VII
Cunningham, Sean, Henry VII
Simons, Eric N., Henry VII: The First Tudor King
Rees, David, The Son of Prophecy: Henry Tudor's Road to Bosworth
Storey, R. L., The Reign of Henry VII
Williams, Neville, The Life and Times of Henry VII

Henry VIII

Bruce, Anne Marie, The Making of Henry VIII
Cruickshank, Charles, Henry VIII and the Invasion of France
Doran, Susan, ed.,Henry VIII Man and Monarch
Erickson, Carolly, Great Harry
Hackett, Francis, Henry the Eighth
Hutchinson, Robert,The Last Days of Henry VIII
Pollard, A. F., Henry VIII
Scarisbrick, J. J., Henry VIII
Starkey, David, Henry VIII: A European Court in England
Weir, Alison, Henry VIII and his Court
Williams, Neville, Henry VIII and his Court

Margaret and/or Mary Tudor

Chapman, Hester W., The Thistle and the Rose: The Sisters of Henry VIII
Harvey, Nancy Lenz, The Rose and the Thorn: The Lives of Mary and Margaret Tudor
Perry, Maria, The Sisters of Henry VIII
Richardson, Walter C., Mary Tudor: The White Queen

Francis I

Hackett, Francis Francis I
Knecht, R. J., Renaissance Warrior and Patron: The Reign of Francis I
Seward, Desmond, Prince of the Renaissance: The Golden Life of Francois I

Louis XII

Baumgartner, Frederic J., Louis XII

Collective Biographies of Henry VIII's Wives

Fraser, Antonia, The Wives of Henry VIII
Loades, David, Henry VIII and his Queens
Loades, David, The Tudor Queens of England
Starkey, David, Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII
Strickland, Agnes, Lives of the Queens of England
Weir, Alison, The Six Wives of Henry VIII

Individual Biographies of Henry VIII's Wives

Bernard, G. W., Anne Boleyn: Fatal Attraction
Bruce, Anne Marie, Anne Bolelyn
Denny, Joanna, Katherine Howard: A Tudor Conspiracy
Gross, Pamela M., Jane, the Quene, Third Consort of Henry VIII
Ives, Eric, The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn
James, Susan, Catherine Parr
James, Susan, Kateryn Parr: The Making of a Queen
Luke, Mary M.,Catherine, the Queen
Mattingly, Garrett, Catherine of Aragon
Norton, Elizabeth, Anne of Cleves: Henry VIII's Discarded Bride
Norton, Elizabeth, Catherine Parr
Norton, Elizabeth, Jane Seymour, Henry VIII's True Love
Porter, Linda, Katherine the Queen: The Remarkable Life of Katherine Parr
Smith, Lacey Baldwin, A Tudor Tragedy: The Life and Times of Catherine Howard
Tremlett, Giles, Catherine of Aragon
Warnicke, Retha M., The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn
Weir, Alison, The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn

Henry VIII's Children

Chapman, Hester, The Last Tudor King
Jordan, W. K., Edward VI: The Young King
Jordan, W. K., Edward VI: The Threshold of Power
Loach, Jennifer, Edward VI
Loades, David, Mary Tudor: A Life
Luke, Mary M, A Crown for Elizabeth
Murphy, Beverly A., Bastard Prince: Henry VIII's Lost Son
Porter, Linda, The First Queen of England: The Myth of "Bloody Mary"
Robinson, W. R. B., "Princess Mary's Itinerary in the Marches of Wales 1525-1527," Historical Research 71 (1998), pp.232-252.
Skidmore, Chris, Edward VI: The Lost King of England
Starkey, David, Elizabeth
Anna Whitlock, Mary Tudor: England's First Queen

Other Tudor People

Anstruther, Godfrey, Vaux of Harrowden
Arthurson, Ian, The Perkin Warbeck Conspiracy
Beer, Barrett, Northumberland
Bernard, G. W., "The Rise of Sir William Compton, Early Tudor Courtier," The English Historical Review, Vol. 96, # 381 (Oct. 1981), pp.754-777
Bradley, M. Morton, Elizabeth Blount of Kinlet
Fox, Julia, Jane Boleyn
Goff, Cecily, A Woman of the Tudor Age,
Gunn, S. J., Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk
Gunn, S. J., "The Courtiers of Henry VIII," English Historical Review vol. 108 #426 (January 1993), pp. 23-49
Harris, Barbara, Edward Stafford, Third Duke of Buckingham, 1478-1521
Harvey, Nancy Lenz, Elizabeth of York
Hutchinson, Robert, House of Treason: The Rise and Fall of a Tudor Dynasty
Ives, Eric, Lady Jane Grey A Tudor Mystery
Jones, Michael K., and Malcolm G. Underwood, The King's Mother
Lindsay, Philip, The Queenmaker
Lisle, Leanda de, The Sisters who would be Queen
Loades, David, John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland 1504-1553
Michell, Ronald, The Carews of Beddington
Read, Evelyn, My Lady Suffolk
Seymour, William, Ordeal By Ambition: An English Family in the Shadow of the Tudors
Simon, Linda, Of Virtue Rare: Margaret Beaufort
Tucker, Melvin J., The Life and Times of Thomas Howard, earl of Surrey and 2nd duke of Norfolk
Weir, Alison, Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings
Willen, Diana, John Russell, First Earl of Bedford: One of the King's Men
Woolgar, C. M., The Great Households of Late Medieval England

Specialized Reference Books

Life at the Tudor Court

Anglo, Sydney, Spectacle, Pageantry, and early Tudor Policy
Bernard, G. W., ed., The Tudor Nobility
Carlton, Charles, ed., State, Sovereign and Society in Early Modern England
Daybell, James, ed., Women and Politics in Early Modern England 1450-1700
Gravett, Christopher, Tudor Knight
Griffiths, R. A., Kings and Nobles in the Later Middle Ages
Harris, Barbara J., English Aristocratic Women 1450-1550
Hay, Denys, ed., The Anglica Historia, A.D. 1485-1537 (Polydore Vergil)
Loades, D. M.,The Tudor Court
McCulloch, Diarmaid, ed., The Reign of Henry VIII: Politics, Policy and Piety
McFarlane, R. B., The Nobility of Later Medieval England
Matthew, David, The Courtiers of Henry VIII
Miller, Helen, Henry VIII and the English Nobility
Ross, Charles, ed., Patronage, Pedigree and Power in Later Medieval England
Russell, Joycelyne, The Field of Cloth of Gold
Somerset, Anne, Ladies in Waiting
Southworth, John, Fools and Jesters at the English Court
Starkey, David, The English Court from the Wars of the Roses to the Civil War
Streitberger, W. R., Court Revels 1485-1559
Strong, Roy, Art and Power: Renaissance Festivals 1450-1650

Life outside the Court

Cummins, John, The Art of Medieval Hunting
Heal, Felicity and Clive Holmes, The Gentry in England and Wales 1500-1700
Mertes, Kate, The English Noble Household 1250-1600
Prior, Mary, ed., Women in English Society 1500-1800
Trevor-Roper, H.R., The Gentry
Winchester, Barbara, Tudor Family Portrait

Clothing and Jewelry

Ashelford, Jane, A Visual History of Costume: The Sixteenth Century
Banner, Lois, "The Fashionable Sex, 1000-1600," History Today, 4/92
Cunnington, C. Willett, History of Underclothes
Cunnington, C. Willett and Phillis Cunnington, Handbook of English Costume in the Sixteenth Century
Cunnington, Phillis, Costume for Births, Marriages and Deaths
Cunnington, Phillis, Costume of Household Servants from the Middle Ages to 1900
Debrett's Peerage Limited, Princely Magnificence: Court Jewels of the Renaissance 1500-1630
Evans, Joan, A History of Jewellery 1100-1870
Hayward, Maria, Dress at the Court of King Henry VIII
Hayward, Maria, Rich Apparel
Lester, Katherine Morris and Bess Viola Oerke, Accessories of Dress
Lister, Margot, Costumes of Everyday Life: An Illustrated History of Working Clothes from 900-1910
Norris, Herbert, Tudor Costume and Fashion
Scarisbrick, Diana, Tudor and Jacobean Jewelry
Yarwood, Doreen, The Encyclopedia of World Costume

Architecture (including gardens)

Christianson, C. Paul, The Riverside Gardens of Thomas More's London
Dent, John, The Quest for Nonsuch
Field, Robert, Mazes Ancient and Modern
Henderson, Paula, The Tudor House and Garden
Howard, Maurice, The Early Tudor Country House: Architecture and Politics 1490-1550
Keay, Anna, The Elizabethan Tower of London
Landsberg, Sylvia, The Medieval Garden
Robinson, John Martin, Windsor Castle, The Official Illustrated History
Rosser, Gervaise, Medieval Westminster
Rowse, A. L., Windsor Castle in the History of England
Sanecki, K.N., History of the English Herb Garden
Schofield, John, Medieval London Houses
Thurley, Simon, The Royal Palaces of Tudor England
Turner, Michael, Eltham Palace
Williams, Neville, The Royal Residences of Great Britain
Wilson, Derek, The Tower of London
Wood, Margaret, The English Medieval House

Art and Artists

Buck, Stephanie, Hans Holbein the Younger: Painter at the Court of Henry VIII
Campbell, Thomas P., Henry VIII and the Art of Majesty: Tapestries at the Tudor Court
Foister, Susan, Holbein and England
Hearn, Karen, Dynasties: Painting in Tudor and Jacobean England
James, Susan E., The Feminine Dynamic in English Art, 1485-1603: Women as Consumers, Patrons and Painters
Strong, Roy, Artists of the Tudor Court
Strong, Roy, The English Renaissance Miniature

Medicine and Herbal Lore

Copeman, W.S.C., Doctors and Disease in Tudor Times
Culpeper, Nicholas, Culpeper's Complete Herbal
Riddle, John M., Contraception and Abortion from the Ancient World to the Renaissance
Siraisi, Nancy, Medieval and Renaissance Medicine
Slack, Paul, The Impact of Plague in Tudor and Stuart England
Webster, Charles, ed., Health, Medicine and Mortality in the Sixteenth Century
Woodward, Marcus, ed.,Gerard's Herball

Travel, Travelers, and Maps

Camusso, Lorenzo, Travel Guide to Europe 1492
Chandler, John, John Leland's Itinerary: Travels in Tudor England
Crofts, J., Packhorse, Waggon and Post: Land Carriage and Communications under the Tudors and Stuarts
Harvey, P.D.A., Maps in Tudor England
LaMar, Virginia A., Travel and Roads in England
Speed, John, The Counties of Britain, A Tudor Atlas
Taylor, Christopher, Roads and Tracks of Britain
Taylor, Eva G.R., An Atlas of Tudor England and Wales
Taylor, Eva G. R., Tudor Geography 1485-1583
Rowling, Marjorie, Everyday Life of Medieval Travellers

Intrigue, Treason, and Rebellions

Fellows, Nicholas, Disorder and Rebellion in Tudor England
Fletcher, Anthony and Diarmaid MacCulloch, Tudor Rebellions, revised 5th edition
Loades, David, Intrigue and Treason: The Tudor Court 1547-1558
Loades, David, Two Tudor Conspiracies
Smith, Lacey Baldwin, Treason in Tudor England

Religion in Tudor England

Collinson, Patrick, Tudor Puritanism
Duffy, Eamon, Marking the Hours: English People & their Prayers 1240-1579
Duffy, Eamon, The Stripping of the Altars
Power, Eileen, Medieval English Nunneries
Thomas, Keith, Religion and the Decline of Magic
Warren, Nancy Bradley, Spiritual Economics: Female Monasticism in Later Medieval England
Yardley, Anne Bagnall, Performing Piety: Musical Culture in Medieval English Nunneries

Collections of Letters

Byrne, M. St. Clare, The Lisle Letters 6 vols.
Green, Mary Anne Everett, Letters of Royal and Illustrious Ladies of Great Britain: From the Commencement of the Twelfth Century to the Close of the Reign of Queen Mary, Volume 2
Starkey, David, Rivals in Power: Lives and Letters of the Great Tudor Dynasties


Hart, Kelly, The Mistresses of Henry VIII
Jones, Philippa, The Other Tudors: Henry VIII's Mistresses and Bastards
Wilkinson, Josephine, Mary Boleyn: The True Story of Henry VIII's Favourite Mistress


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