Authority and accessibility combine to bring the history and the drama of Tudor England to life. Almost 900 engaging entries cover the life and times of Henry VIII, Mary I, Elizabeth I, William Shakespeare, and much, much more.
A fascinating period of great change and larger-than-life men and women, the Tudor years are filled with intriguing stories. In 1535, for instance, a member of Parliament accused Henry VIII of having sexual relationships with both Anne Boleyn's sister and her mother. Startled, the king muttered "never with the mother," thereby inadvertently confirming a relationship with Anne's sister, Mary.
Written for high school students, college undergraduates, and public library patrons—indeed, for anyone interested in this important and colorful period—the three-volume Encyclopedia of Tudor England illuminates the era's most important people, events, ideas, movements, institutions, and publications. Concise, yet in-depth entries offer comprehensive coverage and an engaging mix of accessibility and authority.
Chronologically, the encyclopedia spans the period from the accession of Henry VII in 1485 to the death of Elizabeth I in 1603. It also examines pre-Tudor people and topics that shaped the Tudor period, as well as individuals and events whose influence extended into the Jacobean period after 1603. Geographically, the encyclopedia covers England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, and also Russia, Asia, America, and important states in continental Europe. Topics include: the English Reformation; the development of Parliament; the expansion of foreign trade; the beginnings of American exploration; the evolution of the nuclear family; and the flowering of English theater and poetry, culminating in the works of William Shakespeare.
• Almost 900 entries covering people, events, ideas, movements, institutions, and publications
• An extensive chronology of important events from the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 to the death of Elizabeth I in 1603
• Maps and photographs
• A guide to related topics
• Appendixes that include genealogies and lists of European monarchs, contemporary popes, English bishops, speakers and sessions of Parliament, and major battles, rebellions, and uprisings
• A bibliography of historical novels set in the period
• An annotated list of films and television programs set in the period
• A list of useful websites
• An extensive, up-to-date bibliography divided into topical sections
• Provides nonspecialist readers with the information needed to answer questions of who, what, when, where, and why relative to a wide range of topics on Tudor England
• Helps readers easily trace broad topics of study or interest through the Guide to Related Topics and extensive cross-referencing provided in the entries
• Follows current trends in Tudor scholarship by defining Tudor England broadly, both in terms of chronology and geography
• Includes entries by some of today's leading scholars of Tudor history
• Offers an engaging and easy-to-use source for answering questions arising out of novels, films, and television programs on Tudor England