The Tudors For Dummies
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This entertaining guide covers the period from 1485 to 1603, exploring the life and times of everyday people (from famine and the flu epidemic, to education, witchcraft and William Shakespeare) as well as the intrigues and scandals at court. Strap yourself in and get ready for a rollercoaster ride through the romantic and political liaisons of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I - and that's not all! Information on surviving Tudor buildings, such as Hampton Court, adds a contemporary twist for readers wanting to bring history to life by visiting these historic sites.

The Tudors For Dummies includes:

Part I:  The Early Tudors
Chapter 1:  Getting to Know the Tudors
Chapter 2:  Surveying the Mess the Tudors Inherited     
Chapter 3:  Cosying Up With the First Tudor 

Part II:  Henry VIII
Chapter 4:  What was Henry like?
Chapter 5:  How Henry Ran his Kingdom
Chapter 6:  Divorced, Beheaded, Died; Divorced, Beheaded, Survived: The Perils of Marrying Henry
Chapter 7:  Establishing a New Church: Henry and Religion

Part III: Edward VI, Mary and Philip, and Queen Mary
Chapter 8: Edward, the Child King
Chapter 9: Establishing Protestantism
Chapter 10: Northumberland, Lady Jane Grey and the Rise of Mary
Chapter 11: What Mary Did
Chapter 12: Weighing Up War and Disillusionment

Part IV: The First Elizabeth
Chapter 13: The Queen and her Team
Chapter 14: Breaking Dinner Party Rules: Discussing Religion and Politics
Chapter 15: Tackling Battles, Plots and Revolts
Chapter 16: Making War with Spain
Chapter 17: Understanding the Trouble in Ireland
Chapter 18: Passing on the Baton - Moving from Tudors to Stewarts

Part V: The Part of Tens
Chapter 19: Ten top Tudor Dates
Chapter 20: Ten Things the Tudors Did For Us
Chapter 21: Ten (Mostly) Surviving Tudor Buildings


Professor David Loades is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wales and has taught history at universities including St Andrews and Durham. He has written many books on the Tudor period and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Mei Trow is a history tutor, lecturer and author who has written numerous historical books on topics ranging from Jack the Ripper to Boudicca. His recent TV work includes Ancient Discoveries and Spartacus for The History Channel.



Part I. Encountering the Early Tudors.

Chapter 1. Touring the Time of the Tudors.

Chapter 2. Starting a Dynasty: Henry VII.

Part II. Handling Henry VIII.

Chapter 3. Being Bluff King Hal: Henry VIII.

Chapter 4. Running the Kingdom, Henry’s Way.

Chapter 5. Six Weddings and Two Funerals: Henry VIII’s Wives and Girlfriends.

Chapter 6. Building a New Church: Henry and Religion.

Part III. Remembering the Forgotten Tudors: Edward VI and Mary.

Chapter 7. Ruling from the Nursery: Edward VI and His Protectors.

Chapter 8. Encouraging Protestantism.

Chapter 9. Changing with the Times: Edward John, Jane and Mary.

Chapter 10. Returning to the Old Faith: Mary I.

Chapter 11. Ending the Dream: The Last of Mary.

Part IV. Ending with Elizabeth.

Chapter 12. Dancing with Elizabeth.

Chapter 13. Choosing the Middle Way between Protestants and Catholics.

Chapter 14. Gunning for Elizabeth.

Chapter 15. Facing the Armada.

Chapter 16. Ending an Era: 1590-1603.

Part V. The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17. Ten Top Tudor People.

Chapter 18. The Things the Tudors Did for Us.

Chapter 19. Ten Top Tudor Buildings.

Chapter 20. Ten Major Tudor Events.

Chapter 21. Ten Tudor Firsts.