Historical Dictionary of Tudor England, 1485-1603

by Ronald H. Fritze, ed.-in-chief


This comprehensive work's articles identify the political, military, religious, social, and economic issues that were crucial to the age of the English Tudors as well as offer a chronology and suggestions for further reading on each topic.

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October 1991


Pages 616
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics World History/General

The only historical dictionary that focuses on sixteenth-century England, this reference work offers nearly 300 articles on the age of the English Tudors. The England of Shakespeare, Henry VIII, and Elizabeth I is one of the most popular periods of British history. Ronald H. Fritze and his associate editors have identified the political, military, religious, social, and economic issues that were crucial to the era, and have compiled articles, a chronology and suggestions for further reading on each topic.

Sixty Tudor England specialists contributed to the nearly 300 entries, each of which includes an appendix with a chronology and a selected bibliography for further reading. The entries, ranging from 250-2000 words each, discuss people, events, laws, institutions and special topics such as exploration. They are written to be understood by the educated non-specialist. The primary focus is on England, but a number of articles on Scottish and Irish history have been included when they relate to England. This work is valuable to students, scholars and anyone interested in sixteenth century England, English Renaissance literature, or history.

Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction by Sir Geoffrey EltonHistorical Dictionary of Tudor EnglandChronologyBibliographyIndex



This is an excellent example of what makes a good historical dictionary. It focuses on a key period in British history, one of enduring interest to scholars and laypersons alike. It has an international group of scholarly contributors. While biographical sketches are included, emphasis is given to events, laws, institutions, and popular culture. There are entries on the English Bible, Calvinism, London, music, Parliament, and science, as well as up-to-date accounts of Henry VIII, his six wives, Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, William Shakespeare, and a host of others. All entries are signed, with suggestions for additional reading. There is a chronology and a current bibliography. For academic and large public libraries.—Library Journal

. . . this is not a book to leave on the shelf until it is needed, but rather a book to become familiar with. The reward is well worth the effort.—Albion

This work will be most useful to those who are already conversant with the Tudor period. . . . For those individuals it will provide succinct synopses of topics and helpful bibliographies for further study.—ARBA


Library Journal Best Reference Book, 1991

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