What’s On The Shelf? (Part One)

Lets face it, we are addicted to history! Right? Nothing helps fill your Tudor library like a post with images of books. You might find yourself saying something like, “I need that book” or “I know my ‘to be read’ (TBR) pile is out of control, but I want this book”.

This post is a few suggestions of titles from my bookshelf. I’ve reached critical mass with my bookshelf and need to take an inventory, as well as trim my collection. This always proves difficult for me. I’m a visual person, if I do not see it on the shelf than I forget about it. Forget I owned a copy, forget that I read it…well, you can see the problem. I have pulled about fifteen books. Mostly books that I probably won’t have time to read again.

Here is the few of many posts that will display some of my collection.

Thomas Cromwell

©Rebecca Larson/Tudors Dynasty
©Rebecca Larson/Tudors Dynasty
©Rebecca Larson/Tudors Dynasty

By this point I was over all the time that photographing the books in neat piles was taking. On the left is the nonfiction section of consorts of Henry VIII. They included:

Catherine Howard by David Loades
The Queen and the Heretic by Derek Wilson
Anne Boleyn by Lacey Baldwin Smith
Anne Boleyn by Elizabeth Norton
Catherine Parr by Susan James
Anne of Cleves by Elizabeth Norton
Jane Seymour by David Loades
Jane Seymour by Elizabeth Norton
Catherine Parr by Elizabeth Norton
Anne of Cleves by Sara-Beth Watkins
The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn: Family Politics at the Court of Henry VIII by Retha M. Warnicke
Katherine the Queen by Linda Porter
Anne Boleyn by Amy License
The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn by Eric Ives
Young and Damned and Fair by Gareth Russell

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Tudor Women

Margaret Tudor – The Life of Henry VIII’s Sister by Melanie Clegg
Margaret Pole by Susan Higginbotham
Anne, Duchess of Cleves – The King’s Beloved Sister by Heather R Darsie
La Reine Blanche: Mary Tudor, A Life in Letters by Sarah Bryson
Elizabeth of York by Alison Weir

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©Rebecca Larson/Tudors Dynasty

Henry VIII

The second Tudor monarch is the one who grabbed my heart early on. But I am always surprised by my lack of Henry VIII in my bookcase. I enjoy both historical fiction and nonfiction, so you will often find both mixed in within a topic.

Henry VIII by Lacey Baldwin Smith
The Last Days of Henry VIII by Robert Hutchinson
The Children of Henry VIII by Alison Weir (picture in hardcover and paperback)
The Reign of Henry VIII Edited by Diarmaid MacCulloch
The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George
Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him by Tracy Borman

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Six Wives

Every fan of the Tudors should own these books. Or at least a few of them. Six Wives of Henry VIII by Weir is great, but I would recommend purchasing The Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir
The Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser
The Six Wives of Henry VIII by David Loades
The Six Wives & Many Mistresses of Henry VIII by Amy License
The Mistresses of Henry VIII by Kelly Hart
The Other Tudors by Philippa Jones

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©Rebecca Larson/Tudors Dynasty


This is a section of my library that I wish to grow.

House of Treason by Robert Hutchinson
Inside the Tudor by Lauren Mackay
Tudor England by John Guy
England Under the Tudors by G.R. Elton
The Description of England – The Classic Contemporary Account of Tudor Social Life by Harrison
The Tudor Constitution by University of Cambridge
Education and Society in Tudor England by Joan Simon

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Religion, Politics, and Society in Sixteenth-Century England- Cambridge
Power and Politics in Tudor England – Essays by G.W. Bernard
The King is Dead by Suzannah Lipscomb
How to Be a Tudor – A Dawn to Dusk Guide to Tudor Life by Ruth Goodman
Lisle Letter – An Abridgement - by Muriel St Clare Byrne and Bridget Boland
The English People at War in the Age of Henry VIII by Steven Gunn
Lives of the Tudor Age by Ann Hoffman
Henry VIII’s New Men & The Making of Tudor England  by Steven Gunn
Tudor: Passion. Manipulation. Murder. The Story of England’s Most Notorious Royal Family by Leanda De Lisle

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©Rebecca Larson/Tudors Dynasty

This has been a collection of just a few of my book collection. I hope to continue to share with you and leave them here so that any point you can reference it to grow your very own collection.

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