The Tudors, the ruling family of England throughout most of the 16th century, are the subject of a great deal of literature. The lives of Henry VIII and his daughters Mary (aka “Bloody Mary”) and Elizabeth I, as well as his six wives, have been examined by historians and fiction writers . Henry and his second daughter Elizabeth, whose mother was Anne Boleyn, have attracted the greatest interest of writers and filmmakers alike.
Allison Weir, an English historian, has made a career of writing about the Tudors. This link to Novellist Plus will allow you to see the scope of her work. Fontana Regional Library’s catalog give readers a list of her books held in our library system. (Don’t forget if you see a book in the catalog that is not in your local library, you can put a hold on it, either from home on your computer or by calling or going to your local library and having the staff doing it for you. The book will be delivered from its home library to your library at no cost to you. ). Her latest book is a biography of Anne Boleyn. While most of Weir’s books are non-fiction, a few years ago she started writing novels about some of her favorite characters of the period. The young Elizabeth and Lady Jane Grey have been the subjects of her first two novels.
If historical non-fiction is not your cup of tea, there is plenty to choose from on the fiction side of things. Philippa Gregory has penned a number of novels about Henry, his brood, and his in-laws. The best known of her books is most likely The Other Boleyn Girl, which was also made into a movie. Her website is here.
Karen Harper is one of those authors who turn historical characters into detectives, in this case Elizabeth I. You can read about Karen and her writing at her website and be sure to check the library catalog for a list of her books available in the Fontana system.
A recent work fiction relating to the Tudors is Wolf Hall. The central character in the novel of Thomas Cromwell, who eventually became the Earl of Essex. Cromwell was the force behind Henry’s founding of the Church of England so he could divorce his first wife and marry Anne Boleyn. This book has been given rave reviews.
If reading about the Tudors doesn’t satisfy your appetite, check the Fontana catalog for motion picture films and documentaries.