This is the most complete narrative history of Tudor England to be published for more than thirty years. Writing equally for the general reader and the student, John Guy provides a compelling account of political and religious developments from the advent of the Tudors in the 1460s to the death of Elizabeth I in 1603. Following Henry VII’s capture of the crown at Bosworth in 1485, Tudor England witnessed far-reaching changes in government and the Reformation of the church under Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary, and Elizabeth; that story is enriched here with character studies of monarchs and politicians that bring to life their personalities as well as their policies.
The work is based on the most thorough knowledge of the sources and literature about the Tudors, and is the first general survey to take account of new debates on the progress of the English Reformation, and on the strength or weaknesses of Tudor government and national and local level. The narrative structure incorporates analytical discussion of main themes, and also contextual chapters on the economy and society, and on political culture.
Authoritative, clearly argued, and crisply written, this comprehensive book will be indispensable to anyone interested in the Tudor Age.