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Subject: Tudors, Boleyns and Henry VIII
Date Posted: 3/17/2009 11:58 PM ET
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Hi, I'm interested in any good books about these subjects.  I prefer non-fiction, but do enjoy a good historical fiction also.  Any recommendations out there other then Jane Boleyn?


Thanks in advance,


Date Posted: 3/20/2009 3:27 PM ET
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I like Alison Weir and Antonia Fraser.  They've both written extensively about this period in the royal family.

Date Posted: 3/21/2009 7:55 PM ET
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philiipa gregory is a good author who wrote on all 3 of these subjects

Date Posted: 3/29/2009 10:14 PM ET
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I agree with Becky.  A book I'd recommend as a good read of this story, in my opinion, would be The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory.  I read it not that long ago and learned a great deal about the Tudors, Boleyns and Henry the VIII.  I thought the author did a nice job and would definitely recommend it. :)

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Subject: Anne Boleyn
Date Posted: 4/1/2009 11:11 PM ET
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My absolute favourite book on Ann Boleyn is  Brief Gaudy Hour: A Novel of Anne Boleyn by Margaret Campbell Barnes; published by Macrae-Smith Company, 1949. Because it is older, & often listed without its sbtitle is is usually overlooked by those interested in literature about the Tudors.

Even though this is a historical novel only, it seemed as well-researched as any non-fiction biography.

Subject: Books about the Tudors
Date Posted: 4/5/2009 10:04 PM ET
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I agree with Amy M.  Alison Weir has two great books on the Tudors -- Hernry VII, The King and His Court and The Children of Henry VII.  Antonia Fraser has The Wives of Henry VII.  Any work by these two authors is great with the exception of Innocent Traitor about Lady Jane Grey - written in a novel form and just does not measure up to her other work.  You might like Elizabeth I by Jasper Ridley.  I am reading Wars of the Roses by Alison Weir now - about the events prior to the Tudors.  Having read all about the Tudors, it is interesting now to get a perspective on what came before them. 

Date Posted: 4/12/2009 12:24 AM ET
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You could not have picked a better subject to find an incredible amount written on this time period.  I totally agree about Alison Weir and Antonia Frasier, but don't discount historial fiction as well.  Margaret George's The Auto Bio of Henry VII is very accurate historicaly..Come join use in the Historical Fiction forum.  We read non-fiction, as well as fiction.

Date Posted: 11/6/2009 12:04 PM ET
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I have a UK version of Julia Fox's bio of Jane Boleyn on my shelf.  Pretty interesting stuff in there on Katherine Howard.

Subject: The Tudors
Date Posted: 12/17/2009 10:54 PM ET
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Carolly Erickson has written biographies of Elizabeth, Anne, Mary Tudor, Mary Stuart and Henry VIII.  She has also written a novel about Katherine Parr, Henry's last wife.  Jane Dunn wrote an excellent dual biography of Elizabeth and Mary Stuart and Anne Somerset wrote a very well-researched biography of Elizabeth that I think captured her personality better than most biographies of Elizabeth I have read.  Mary M. Luke wrote a trilogy, the first volume of which was published in 1967, about Henry's first wife, Catherine of Aragon, called "Catherine the Queen," then a book about Elizabeth's life before her crown called "A Crown for Elizabeth," and finally "Gloriana."  The trilogy is a ripping good read but, unfortunately, it is primarily from secondary sources so some of the information is not totally reliable but it's sooo fun.  She also wrote a biography of Lady Jane Grey.  An earlier poster mentioned Jasper Ridley and to him I would add Lacey Baldwin Smith for bios of Henry VIII.  Finally, J.E. Neale wrote a very servicable biography of Elizabeth and Elizabeth Jenkins wrote a very well known but what I consider a scandalously horrible one.  There is a wonderful novel called "The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers" by Margaret George that I just loved.  I could go on, but this should get you started!

Date Posted: 1/17/2010 7:50 PM ET
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Some great suggestions from Constance.  I've jotted them down for future reference myself.

I have to agree with the others that suggested Alison Weir, especially Henry VIII: King and His Court. I remeber it took a couple of chapters to really get into it but after that I was hooked and could not put it down.