Monday, September 04, 2006

Question from Karen - Good starter books?

Hey, I'm really interested in Tudor England but I don't know much about it yet. What would be a good book to start with? (I'm a senior in highschool).

2 comments:

BritishNut56 said...

"The House of Tudor" by Alison Plowden is a wonderful introduction to this powerful family.

If you'd like to concentrate just on the females, "Tudor Women" by the same author is a great read.

Historian said...

Read Plowden only with a grain of salt. She is not a trained historian (she was a BBC scriptwriter). Her work is entertaining, but often not very factual. I'd recommend any general survey work by David Starkey. He is an Oxford professor (so he is factually accurate), writes in a relaxed and easy style, and is quite popular (as historians go). Good starting basic textbooks include Roger Lockyer's "Tudor and Stuart Britain," John Guy's "The Tudor Age," or Susan Brigden's newer "Lost Worlds, New Worlds."