What are the best books set during the reign of Tudors in England?

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    #1The 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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    Heather May
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book was ok. It was hard to get into, but once I got past the first couple of chapters, I kind of enjoyed it."
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    #2The Other Boleyn Girl

    The Other Boleyn Girl

    The Other Boleyn Girl is a historical fiction revolving around Mary Boleyn, the lesser-known sister of Anne Boleyn. Her life in court as a pawn for her family's political ambitions was rife with rivalry and scandal, but Mary perseveres through it all. 

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    Donna Delgado
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "With the MeTooMovement, learning about women that have survived many obstacles can be very inspiring. "
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    #3Mary Queen of Scots

    Mary Queen of Scots
    Mary Queen of Scots is a book by Marie Antoinette that tells the story of a queen who have been betrayed by the people she trusted the most. She will be on a journey to claim what is supposed to be hers.
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    Doris Fowler
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I am all about books that prove meaning and truth. This is exploring the times of Mary Queen of Scots and the time she reigned. This is really getting a good picture into her life and the journey she took. I haven't read this, but I am drawn to these types of books and movies. It helps you to be able to identify with what life was like back then. I will be adding this to my collection."
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    #4I, Elizabeth: A Novel

    I, Elizabeth: A Novel

    I, Elizabeth is a book by Rosalind Miles that tells the story of Queen Elizabeth. She inherited the throne when it was in its worst situation but because of her wit and bravery she conquered all the challenges and made England prosperous again.

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    #5The 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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    Mildred Wheeler
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn is centered around Queen Anne Boleyn's imprisonment and execution. It's a fascinating read for those interested in the Tudors."
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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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    Melissa Payne
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "At least this one tells you the topic. Straight historical fiction of England and that odd ball family."
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    #7Six 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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    Anthony Grant
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I was given this book as a gift recently. I love reading and watching things that explore Tudor history so I was quite curious what story would unfold from this book. As time flew by reading it, I realized I was immersed in the atmosphere while still learning things I did not know about this era of time. It is clear there was a ton of research put into the book as it details each of the wives' lives."
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    #8Dissolution (The Shardlake series)

    Dissolution (The Shardlake series)

    Dissolution is a book by C.J Sansom that tells the story of Henry VIII. He proclaimed his self as the head of the Chruch during his reign, but not everybody will agree with him. 

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    Vishal Subramanium
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "England under Henry VII and Cromwell was transitioning from Catholic to Protestant -- with the king as the head of the church as well as the country. This book treats all points of view fairly, but also without any rose colored glasses. It's as interesting to read for its portrayal of rich and poor, papist and reformer as it is for its plot."
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    #9Dark Fire (Matthew Shardlake)

    Dark Fire (Matthew Shardlake)
    Dark Fire by C.J. Sansom is the second novel in the Matthew Shardlake series. This historical mystery, set during the reign of King Henry VIII, narrates the searching of the formula for Greek fire, a weapon of mass destruction.
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    Miguel Córdova
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "very interesting , and provoking "
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    #10Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey

    Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey
    I am now a condemned traitor . . . I am to die when I have hardly begun to live.

    Historical expertise marries page-turning fiction in Alison Weir’s enthralling debut novel, breathing new life into one of the most significant and tumultuous periods of the English monarchy. It is the story of Lady Jane Grey–“the Nine Days’ Queen”–a fifteen-year-old girl who unwittingly finds herself at the center of the religious and civil unrest that nearly toppled the fabled House of Tudor during the sixteenth century.

    The child of a scheming father and a ruthless mother, for whom she is merely a pawn in a dynastic game with the highest stakes, Jane Grey was born during the harrowingly turbulent period between Anne Boleyn’s beheading and the demise of Jane’s infamous great-uncle, King Henry VIII. With the premature passing of Jane’s adolescent cousin, and Henry’s successor, King Edward VI, comes a struggle for supremacy fueled by political machinations and lethal religious fervor.

    Unabashedly honest and exceptionally intelligent, Jane possesses a sound strength of character beyond her years that equips her to weather the vicious storm. And though she has no ambitions to rule, preferring to immerse herself in books and religious studies, she is forced to accept the crown, and by so doing sets off a firestorm of intrigue, betrayal, and tragedy.

    Alison Weir uses her unmatched skills as a historian to enliven the many dynamic characters of this majestic drama. Along with Lady Jane Grey, Weir vividly renders her devious parents; her much-loved nanny; the benevolent Queen Katherine Parr; Jane’s ambitious cousins; the Catholic “Bloody” Mary, who will stop at nothing to seize the throne; and the protestant and future queen Elizabeth. Readers venture inside royal drawing rooms and bedchambers to witness the power-grabbing that swirls around Lady Jane Grey from the day of her birth to her unbearably poignant death. Innocent Traitor paints a complete and compelling portrait of this captivating young woman, a faithful servant of God whose short reign and brief life would make her a legend.

    “An impressive debut. Weir shows skill at plotting and maintaining tension, and she is clearly going to be a major player in the . . . historical fiction game.”
    –The Independent

    “Alison Weir is one of our greatest popular historians. In her first work of fiction . . . Weir manages her heroine’s voice brilliantly, respecting the past’s distance while conjuring a dignified and fiercely modern spirit.”
    –London Daily Mail
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    Edward Keller
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "An excellently written page turner. One of the better pieces of historical fiction I've read in the while. Takes the unusual task of narrating from the perspective of Jane Grey, one of Henry VIII's wives. Recommended for Tudor-era interest or general history fans."
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    #11The 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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    Scott Richards
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This book is filled with drama, which is a great thing. Very touching story and every word makes you want to keep reading. Great story."
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    #12The 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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    Wu Zhu
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The Constant Princess is a historical romance fiction and the sixth book in The Plantagenet and Tudor . Throughout the narrative, we learn about the great society of the Moors, about their great learning in medicine and science and their tolerance of all religions. Not so the Catholic Isabella and Ferdinand, who drive the Moors and the Jews from Spain and impose Roman Catholic doctrine on all citizens."
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    #13The 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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    Doris Fowler
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This may be one of my new favorite books. I love the era it is written in and how it was written. Very enjoyable."
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    #14The 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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    Steven Fuller
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book is very interesting. Can you imagine having 6 wives? I found this book hard to put down. If you love history, you will love this book. "
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    #15The Duchess of Windsor

    The Duchess of Windsor

    The Duchess of Windsor is a biography written by renowned historian Michael Bloch. It was originally released in 1997. It is about the controversial duchess who was married thrice during the reign of the Tudors in medieval England.

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Best What are the best books set during the reign of Tudors in England
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Life of Elizabeth IBooks 34 Paid
2The Other Boleyn Girl Books 30 Paid
3Mary Queen of ScotsBooks 28 Paid
4I, Elizabeth: A NovelBooks 26 Paid
5The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne BoleynBooks 25 Paid
6Henry VIII: The King and His CourtBooks 24 Paid
7Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIIIBooks 22 Paid
8Dissolution (The Shardlake series)Books 19 Paid
9Dark Fire (Matthew Shardlake)Books 16 Paid
10Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane GreyBooks 8 Paid
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