What are the best books about the Tudors of England?

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    #1The Six Wives of Henry VIII

    The Six Wives of Henry VIII
    The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir brings the six queens of Henry VIII to life, based on early biographies, letters, memoirs, account books, and diplomatic reports.
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    Ryan Richardson
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I adore reading all about the Tudors of England. I just recently came to this book, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, and wow was I shocked! They got EVERYTHING wrong! Like literally! Whoever wrote this has no clue!"
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    #2Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery

    Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery
    Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery
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    Humberto Bravo
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I was wanting to read about the Tudors of England after watching one of my favorite shows that dealt with the respective time period and this book just didn't hit the mark. I found it pretty boring and felt like it was a slog to get through. I guess I'm not as into the time period as a first thought. I'd skip this one you want to read about the Tudors. I'm sure there are better books out there."
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    #3Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII

    Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII

    Six Wives is a book by David Starkey that tells the story of the women who fell in love with King Henry VIII. This book elaborates how women affect the reign of a king, including all the details of their pregnancy, marriages, and religions.

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    Jordan Cooper
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Overall the book was very approachable, especially for something that clearly involves an awful lot of scholarly research. The straightforward writing style and family trees helped, as did the author's lack of assumptions about the reader's previous knowledge. It also helped, of course, that the book was just fun. The author is clearly enthusiastic about his subject and in addition to dates and events, there was speculation about people's feelings and motivations, obviously separated from but based on historical records such as personal correspondences. Quotes from these sources were integrated into the story very nicely, adding to the narrative without disrupting it."
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    #4The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn

    The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn

    The Lady in the Tower is a book by Alison Weir that tells the story of how Queen Anne Boleyn fell from her throne. It is a story of her imprisonment and execution. This book will prove that even queens fail sometimes. 

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    John James
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "i enjoyed this book very much. Alison Weird wrote it so well, its hard to put it down once you start reading it. This book is non-fiction and reads more like an academic text than a novel. Primary sources are quoted throughout, which for me at times disrupted the flow of the book. the book is also very knowledgeable. i like it "
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    #5Will in the World

    Will in the World

    Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare is written by Stephen Greenblatt as an account of Shakespeare's life. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 2005 by W.W. Norton.

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    Brandon Moreno
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I read this book back in college and liked it a lot. However, I found most of the stories too unrealistic and quite frankly unbelievable. I can't say that I enjoyed it but I think some people might like it. "
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    #6Henry VIII: The King and His Court

    Henry VIII: The King and His Court

    Henry VIII is a book by Alison Weir that tells the story of Henry VIII. This book is the story of his life and how his intelligent brought him to be the King. The is a detailed book that will enlighten readers. 

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    Diana Huang
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I really love reading this old English book. It takes you back in time to when things were more interesting and adventurous. It's a full blown story of adventure and excitement!"
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    #7The Wives of Henry VIII

    The Wives of Henry VIII

    The Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser is a narrative that traces the cultural, familial and political roots of each of Henry VIII's queens. It brings to light the complex character of each of them.

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    Víctor Espinosa
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This well written biography of the women who married Henry VIII is a fine addition to the library of Tudor history. It is very well documented and is fantastic at deepening the reader's understanding of not only the primary subjects but also the king. It's a bit of a long read and I'd recommend it to both people familiar and unfamiliar with the history. "
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    #8The Life of Elizabeth I

    The Life of Elizabeth I

    The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir is a biographical novel originally published in 1998. This book tells the private life of the beloved royalty of England - Queen Elizabeth I and her powerful reign over her people.

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    James Stevens
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I am a huge fan of historical books that have a plot and this book fit that description perfectly. The book is filled with interesting information and great amounts of drama. The read is a bit difficult because of the style of writing. However, I think that is to be expected with historical based books. Overall, I think it is a great book and worth a read. "
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    #9Shakespeare: The World as Stage

    Shakespeare: The World as Stage

    Shakespeare: The World as Stage is written by Bill Bryson as part of his Eminent Lives series. This biography is as an account of William Shakespeare's life. This book is published in 2007 by HarperCollins Publishing.

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    Kathy Williams
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "While I think this isn't a horrible solution I don't feel like it solves what I am looking for. I think it's a decent effort but overall just not what I am looking for here."
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    #10A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599

    A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599
    A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 is written by Stephen Greenblatt as an account of Shakespeare's life. Julius Caesar and Hamlet are among Shakespeare's works. This biography is published in 2006 by Harper Perennial.
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    Howard Nelson
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Its a great book, gives information about the life of Shakespeare. "
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    #11Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human

    Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human
    Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human is written by Harold Bloom as an account of Shakespeare's writing and influence. This book is published in 1999 by Berkley Publishing Group.
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    Gregory Hart
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "As somebody who has studied the history of England, reading about the Tudors of England has always fascinated me. With Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, Bloom was able to expertly explain how the Tudors of England played such an important role in the writings of Shakespeare. "
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    #12The Boleyn Inheritance (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)

    The Boleyn Inheritance (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)

    The Boleyn Inheritance is a historical romance fiction and the tenth book in The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels written by Philippa Gregory. It is published in 2006 by Touchstone. 

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    Brenda Reyes
    Written on June 15, 2018
    "It's rare to be able to enjoy historical fictions with how serious and bland the narration usually becomes. I've experienced differently reading this book though, as it only made me turn page after page continuously without noticing time pass by at all. The scenes are all written beautifully and in vivid detail that I can picture them clearly in my head and everything feels real. "
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    #13The Wars of The Roses by Alison Weir

    The Wars of The Roses by Alison Weir
    The War of The Roses in the England of the XV century is the base for the Song of Fire and Ice books from George RR Martin. This book tells the story of the Lancasters, the Yorks and the Tudors dynasties to take the throne of the kingdom of England in one of the most difficult periods of the history of England.
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    Christian Rodriguez
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This was a good read, I love anything that has to do with game of thrones. Altthough the book didn't have as much finesse, it did hit the spot and it was actually not that bad. For a Tudor of England themed book it was good."
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    #14The Constant Princess (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)

    The Constant Princess (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)

    The Constant Princess is a historical romance fiction and the sixth book in The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels written by Philippa Gregory. It is published in 2005 by Touchstone. 

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    Diane Riley
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The Constant Princess is one in a long series of historical novels that I've been reading for years. Finding out about history through fiction is one of my favorite ways to save time. Throw a little romance in, and you've got me hooked!"
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    #15The Queen's Fool (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)

    The Queen's Fool (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)

    The Queen's Fool is a historical romance fiction and the twelfth book in The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels written by Philippa Gregory. It is first published in 2003. 

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    Gustavo Leal
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "If you are looking for fiction on the Tudors then this is a great choice but otherwise there are much better books. I think most people are looking for non-fiction when they search for these books and will need to look someplace else. This is a very good book however."
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    #16The Red Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)

    The Red Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)

    The Red Queen is a historical fiction and the third book in The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels written by Philippa Gregory. It is first published in 2010. 

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    Joseph Lawrence
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I was recently quite interested in history of royalty in England and decided to try out the book "The Red Queen" by Philippa Gregory. I was specifically interested in the House of Tudor and found that this book tells an amazing story regarding the period. The main protagonist is a completely driven person but also a bit "mad" to some degree but she makes the story quite compelling. This story is truly a real life "Game of Thrones" and you'll love it if you're into political intrigue. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in this period of history."
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    #17The White Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)

    The White Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)

    The White Queen is a historical fiction and the second book in The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels series written by Philippa Gregory. It is published in 2009 by Touchstone Books. 

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    Esteban Toledo
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "As a history buff I had trouble reading through this book. I was really bored by it as I read it in my dorm room. It felt more like a romance novel than historical book, which disappointed me. IT felt like the play "Romeo and Juliet" because a commoner was dating royalty even though others would disapprove. This made the book feel cliche and made me feel like I had seen it before. I was able to finish it, but it was not a priority. I would read a couple of chapter each week in my dorm when I was bored and that is about it. This book made me think more about romance that the Tudors of England, which is not good."
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    #18The Lioness Roared (Queenship and Power)

    The Lioness Roared (Queenship and Power)
    The Lioness Roared: The Problems of Female Rule in English History is non-fiction book written by C. Beem. First published in 2008 by Palgrave Macmillan, it is part of the Queenship and Power series.
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    Juan Hart
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This book is very interesting. "

Summary

Best What are the best books about the Tudors of England
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Six Wives of Henry VIIIBooks 33 Paid
2Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor MysteryBooks 26 Paid
3Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIIIBooks 25 Paid
4The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne BoleynBooks 19 Paid
5Will in the WorldBooks 17 Paid
6Henry VIII: The King and His CourtBooks 17 Paid
7The Wives of Henry VIIIBooks 14 Paid
8The Life of Elizabeth IBooks 12 Paid
9Shakespeare: The World as StageBooks 11 Paid
10A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599Books 11 Paid
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