Did you watch the series 'The Tudors'? The Tudor dynasty are a very popular subject for both fiction and non-fiction writers. There are lots of novels set in the Tudor court and era, but if you want to find out more about the real people you can also read some of the many non-fiction books. Here are some amazing books about the Tudors for you to read …
1. Legacy (Susan Kay)
Elizabeth I's life was full of drama, and this excellent novel follows the Queen from her birth to the very end of her reign. Elizabeth's childhood was turbulent, and even once she became Queen she faced danger, from assassination attempts to the invasion of England. It's an extraordinary story, and Legacy does Elizabeth's life complete justice.
2. Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up The Bodies won't be to everyone's taste, since they're written in the present tense. But if you can get used to the style, you'll enjoy this novel about Henry VIII's Machiavellian minister Thomas Cromwell. There's an adaptation starting soon on UK television.
3. Anne, the Rose of Hever (Maureen Peters)
If you're a fan of Anne Boleyn you should hunt out a copy of this out-of-print novel. It's one of my favorite novels about the Tudors and really brings alive the character of this extraordinary woman. Anne Boleyn was part of a dramatic stage in English history, and an absolutely fascinating woman.
4. Tudors: a History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I (Peter Ackroyd)
Now for some non-fiction books on the Tudors. If you're looking for a less scholarly book on the Tudors this would fit the bill. Peter Ackroyd has written several very readable history books that will appeal to all readers. It misses out the first Tudor King, Henry VII, but covers the near-century from the accession of Henry VIII in 1509 to the death of Elizabeth I in 1603.
5. In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn (Sarah Morris & Natalie Grueninger)
Anne Boleyn continues to fascinate us nearly 500 years after her death. She was a remarkable woman who refused to conform to the expectations of how a woman should behave. This book takes you on a tour of the many places visited by Anne. If you travel to the UK, take the chance to visit some of these palaces and buildings and walk in Anne's footsteps.
6. Mary Tudor (David Loades)
Poor Mary Tudor is overshadowed by her sister Elizabeth and stereotyped as 'Bloody Mary'. Yet her life is fascinating for her changing fortunes; she was her father's heir, then declared illegitimate, and finally triumphed over opposition to become the first Queen of England in her own right. Read this if you liked the portrayal of Mary in 'The Tudors' and want to know more about her.
7. The Queen's Bed: an Intimate History of Elizabeth's Court (Anna Whitelock)
There are many books on Elizabeth herself, who was a remarkable queen. But what about the people close to her? This book talks about Elizabeth's ladies of the bedchamber, the women who served her and attended to her needs. To be a lady of the bedchamber was a privileged and sought-after position, but it's not something that's been given much attention by historians.
So why not read some of these exciting books about the Tudors and learn more about this fascinating period of history! What is your favorite historical era, and which period would you like to visit?