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57      &lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;_httpdocimg_/biblio.gif&quot; width=&quot;257&quot; height=&quot;113&quot; alt=&quot;Tudor England: Bibliography&quot;&gt;&lt;/font&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
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63    &lt;p align=&quot;center&quot;&gt;&lt;font face=&quot;Times New Roman&quot;&gt;Over the years, I've read most
64    of the Tudor books, fiction and nonfiction, I could find.&amp;nbsp; Countless
65    books.&amp;nbsp; Good books, a few great ones, and lots of bad ones.&amp;nbsp; This
66    page currently lists my favorite Tudor works.&lt;/font&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
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76      &lt;a href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=1&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fenglishhistory.net%2ftudor%2fcontents.html&quot;&gt;to Tudor
77      England: Contents&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/FONT&gt;&lt;/P&gt;&lt;/DIV&gt;
78        &lt;p align=&quot;center&quot;&gt;
79      &amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt;
80        &lt;blockquote&gt;
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90    &lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;_httpdocimg_/favoritebooks.gif&quot; alt=&quot;My favorite Tudor books&quot; width=&quot;415&quot; height=&quot;77&quot;&gt;&lt;P align=&quot;left&quot;&gt;
91        &lt;font face=&quot;Times New Roman&quot; size=&quot;4&quot;&gt;When people ask me what
92        Tudor-related books to read, these are the ones I list:&lt;/font&gt;&lt;P align=&quot;left&quot;&gt;
93        &lt;font face=&quot;Times New Roman&quot;&gt;
94        &lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;_httpdocimg_/pavane.gif&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; width=&quot;100&quot; height=&quot;152&quot;&gt;&lt;A
95
96    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f0345440919%2ftudorengla148-20%3ePavane%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;PAVANE
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98    by Keith Roberts&lt;/A&gt; &lt;BR&gt;Eventually I will be at a loss
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100    for superlatives when describing my favorite books.&amp;nbsp; PAVANE is a
101
102    beautiful book, written by one of the masters of 1960s science
103
104    fiction.&amp;nbsp; It is a work of alternative history, one of the first of that
105
106    genre and perhaps the best.&amp;nbsp; It begins in 1588 with the assassination
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108    of Queen Elizabeth I and the subsequent supremacy of the Catholic faith in
109
110    England.&amp;nbsp; From there, PAVANE evolves into a truly entrancing book which
111        explores freedom, communication, religion, etc&amp;nbsp; Like The Fifth Queen, it
112
113    has a superb ending.&amp;nbsp; If you haven't read this, please please please
114
115    check it out.&amp;nbsp; It's recently been reissued and it's simply
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117    wonderful.&amp;nbsp; Few books strike me as deeply imagined, most walk over
118
119    familiar ground - PAVANE is a true original. &lt;BR&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/font&gt;
120
121    &lt;P align=&quot;left&quot;&gt;
122    &lt;font face=&quot;Times New Roman&quot;&gt;
123    &lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;_httpdocimg_/fifthqueen.gif&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; width=&quot;100&quot; height=&quot;156&quot;&gt;&lt;A
124
125    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f0141181303%2ftudorengla148-20%3eThe%2520Fifth%2520Queen%2520(Penguin%2520Classics)%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;THE
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127    FIFTH QUEEN by Ford Madox Ford&lt;/A&gt; &lt;BR&gt;I love this
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129    book.&amp;nbsp;  Ford uses the life of Henry VIII's fifth queen to explore the culture of
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131    fear, treachery, and paranoia which characterized the Tudor court.&amp;nbsp;
132
133    Catherine battles Thomas Cromwell in an attempt to prevent further religious
134
135    and political change.&amp;nbsp; The book is divided into three parts and
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137    contains engrossing portraits of familiar Tudor figures; Princess Mary,
138
139    Henry VIII, Cromwell, Norfolk, Catherine herself - all are beautifully
140
141    brought to life.&amp;nbsp;  Ford spent years researching this
142
143    book but it is a work of fiction; liberties are taken, characterizations may
144    not be historically correct, etc&amp;nbsp; I think it's one of the best works of historical
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146    fiction ever written - and the ending is fantastic.&amp;nbsp; As for the
147    'character' of Catherine, Ford creates an interesting / complex figure from
148    scant historical sources.&lt;BR&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/font&gt;
149
150    &lt;P align=&quot;left&quot;&gt;
151    &lt;font face=&quot;Times New Roman&quot;&gt;
152    &lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;_httpdocimg_/candlemass.gif&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; width=&quot;100&quot; height=&quot;153&quot;&gt;&lt;A
153
154    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f1585790230%2ftudorengla148-20%3eThe%2520Candlemass%2520Road%2520(Common%2520Reader...%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;THE
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156    CANDLEMASS ROAD by George MacDonald Fraser&lt;/A&gt; &lt;BR&gt;Fraser
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158    is justly famous as author of the Flashman novels, among the best (and
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160    certainly the funniest) historical fiction ever.&amp;nbsp; But his talent is
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162    more expansive than even Flashman would suggest.&amp;nbsp; Everything he writes
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164    turns to gold, at least in my opinion (even the flawed 'Pyrates' had great
165    moments.)&amp;nbsp; Long fascinated by the history
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167    of his native Scotland, in THE CANDLEMASS ROAD, Fraser recounts the story of
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169    Lady Margaret Dacre and her perilous life along the English-Scottish
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171    border during Elizabeth I's reign.&amp;nbsp; The writing is superb; I expect nothing less from
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173    Fraser.&amp;nbsp; My one quibble is that the book is so short - I didn't want it
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175    to end. &lt;BR&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/font&gt;
176
177    &lt;P align=&quot;left&quot;&gt;&lt;font face=&quot;Times New Roman&quot;&gt;&lt;A
178
179    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f1585790257%2ftudorengla148-20%3eThe%2520Steel%2520Bonnets%2520(Common%2520Reader...%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;THE
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181    STEEL BONNETS by George MacDonald Fraser&lt;/A&gt; &lt;BR&gt;This work
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183    of history is concerned with the outlaws and Border lords (reivers) who
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185    fought along the English and Scottish frontier for several hundred
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187    years.&amp;nbsp; It's a wonderful work of history and makes me wish more great
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189    writers would turn to the genre; if nothing else, you're guaranteed good
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191    writing.&amp;nbsp; And this was such a fascinating time period - I'm thrilled
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193    that one of my favorite novelists wrote its definitive history.
194
195    &lt;BR&gt;And if you haven't read any &lt;A
196
197    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f0452259614%2ftudorengla148-20%3eFlashman:%2520From%2520the%2520Flashman%2520Papers,...%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;Flashman&lt;/A&gt;,
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199    it's never too late to start.... &lt;BR&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/font&gt;
200
201    &lt;P align=&quot;left&quot;&gt;
202    &lt;font face=&quot;Times New Roman&quot;&gt;
203    &lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;_httpdocimg_/deathofthefox.gif&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; width=&quot;100&quot; height=&quot;155&quot;&gt;&lt;A
204
205    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f0156863030%2ftudorengla148-20%3eThe%2520Succession:%2520A%2520Novel%2520of%2520Elizabeth%2520and...%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;THE
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207    SUCCESSION: A NOVEL OF ELIZABETH AND JAMES&lt;/A&gt; &lt;BR&gt;&lt;A
208
209    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f0156287951%2ftudorengla148-20%3eEntered%2520from%2520the%2520Sun:%2520The%2520Murder%2520of...%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;ENTERED
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211    FROM THE SUN: THE MURDER OF MARLOWE&lt;/A&gt; &lt;BR&gt;&lt;A
212
213    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f0156252333%2ftudorengla148-20%3eDeath%2520of%2520the%2520Fox:%2520A%2520Novel%2520of%2520Elizabeth...%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;DEATH
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215    OF THE FOX: A NOVEL OF ELIZABETH AND RALEIGH&lt;/A&gt; &lt;BR&gt;by George
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217    Garrett &lt;BR&gt;It's not enough for me that a book is set in the 16th century.&amp;nbsp; I want
218    it to be a great book which just happens to be set in the 16th century.&amp;nbsp; Every time I slumber
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220    or groan my way through the latest awful Tudor fiction full of heaving
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222    bosoms and Egads!-worthy dialogue, I think fondly of Fraser and
223    Ford and this trilogy by George Garrett.... &lt;br&gt;Garrett's books should be read by
224    anyone with an interest in 16th century England.&amp;nbsp; But they aren't read
225    by many, which I think is very sad - even more so when one considers the
226    popularity of terrible Tudor fiction.&amp;nbsp; Of this trilogy, my favorite is
227    DEATH OF THE
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229    FOX; Garrett brings the complex and fascinating Walter Raleigh to
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231    life.&amp;nbsp; But all three works are wonderful.&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;  ENTERED FROM THE SUN
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233    is a nice companion piece to Anthony Burgess's &lt;A
234
235    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f0786703210%2ftudorengla148-20%3eA%2520Dead%2520Man%2520in%2520Deptford%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;A
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237    DEAD MAN IN DEPTFORD&lt;/A&gt;, another good work of historical fiction.&amp;nbsp;
238
239    (Burgess also wrote &lt;A
240
241    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f039331507X%2ftudorengla148-20%3eNothing%2520Like%2520the%2520Sun:%2520A%2520Story%2520of...%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;NOTHING
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243    LIKE THE SUN&lt;/A&gt;, a fictional look at Shakespeare's love life.)&amp;nbsp; And
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245    though THE SUCCESSION has less to do with Elizabeth and James than the title
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247    implies, it's still a fun exploration of Tudor life.&amp;nbsp; I can't do these
248    books justice - just read them.&lt;BR&gt;&lt;BR&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/font&gt;
249
250    &lt;P align=&quot;left&quot;&gt;&lt;font face=&quot;Times New Roman&quot;&gt;
251    &lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;_httpdocimg_/maskofroyalty.gif&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; width=&quot;100&quot; height=&quot;166&quot;&gt;A TUDOR TRAGEDY: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CATHERINE HOWARD &lt;BR&gt;&lt;A
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253    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f0897330560%2ftudorengla148-20%3eHenry%2520VIII:%2520The%2520Mask%2520of%2520Royalty%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;HENRY
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255    VIII: THE MASK OF ROYALTY&lt;/A&gt; &lt;BR&gt;&lt;A
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257    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f0316801534%2ftudorengla148-20%3eElizabeth%2520Tudor:%2520Portrait%2520of%2520a%2520Queen%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;ELIZABETH
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259    TUDOR: PORTRAIT OF A QUEEN&lt;/A&gt; &lt;BR&gt;by Lacey Baldwin Smith
260
261    &lt;BR&gt;I've been raving about LB Smith since I started this
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263    website.&amp;nbsp; When visitors write and ask what is essential to read, I
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265    point them to Smith's work.&amp;nbsp; Unfortunately, two of the above works are
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267    out of print.&amp;nbsp; Yeah, I know - there's plenty of room for junk on
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269    bookshelves but apparently no room for great works of history.&amp;nbsp; Well,
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271    go to Amazon.com or Barnes &amp;amp; Noble.com and order them used.&amp;nbsp; Smith's bio of Catherine Howard
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273    is the only one ever written which concerns Henry VIII's ill-fated 'Rose
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275    Without a Thorn'.&amp;nbsp; He collects the scant historical knowledge of her
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277    life and creates a compelling portrait of a misguided girl and her ambitious
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279    family (the sprawling Norfolk clan).&amp;nbsp; His bio of Henry VIII is simply
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281    the best available on the second Tudor king.&amp;nbsp; It has great
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283    psychological insight and a sharp sense of humor.&amp;nbsp; After a lifetime of
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285    studying Henry, Smith is still fascinated by the king and determined to
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287    understand his contradictory character.&amp;nbsp; But read it only after reading
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289    a general bio of Henry VIII; the author assumes some knowledge of the Tudor
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291    court and its cast of characters.&amp;nbsp; And his brief bio of Elizabeth Tudor
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293    is a persuasive sketch of England's most fascinating and accomplished queen.&amp;nbsp; &lt;BR&gt; &lt;BR&gt;&amp;nbsp;
294    &lt;/font&gt;
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297    &lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;_httpdocimg_/cranmer.gif&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; width=&quot;100&quot; height=&quot;154&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f0300074484%2520%2ftudorengla148-20%253EThomas%2520Cranmer%253C%2fA%253E&quot;&gt;THOMAS
298    CRANMER by Diarmaid MacCulloch&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br&gt;
299    This is the definitive
300    biography of the father of English Protestantism.&amp;nbsp; Cranmer was the
301    archbishop of Canterbury from 1533 to 1556; he presided over the Reformation
302    and the creation of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer.&amp;nbsp; He was burnt
303    at the stake as a heretic during the reign of Mary I.&amp;nbsp; MacCulloch's
304    book is dense, literally and figuratively.&amp;nbsp; But it is also a
305    beautifully written study of one of the most compelling lives of the 16th
306    century.&amp;nbsp; Cranmer was a conflicted and courageous man, and deserved
307    such a monumental biography.&amp;nbsp; MacCulloch uses sources never mentioned
308    in previous studies; he charts the evolution of Protestantism with an eye
309    for the telling detail.&amp;nbsp; Personally, I am always surprised by the
310    number of Tudor enthusiasts who are familiar with the story of Thomas More
311    but have only a vague idea of Cranmer's life.&amp;nbsp; Perhaps it's the
312    enduring popularity of A Man for All Seasons?&amp;nbsp; I don't know.&amp;nbsp; But
313    both men deserve recognition and study.&lt;/font&gt;&lt;P align=&quot;left&quot;&gt;
314        &lt;font face=&quot;Times New Roman&quot;&gt;&lt;br&gt;
315    &lt;a href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f0553212567%2ftudorengla148-20%253EThe%2520Prince%2520and%2520the%2520Pauper%253C%2fA%253E&quot;&gt;THE
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317    PRINCE AND THE PAUPER by Mark Twain&lt;/a&gt; &lt;BR&gt;This is
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319    Twain's famous tale of Prince Edward, only son of King Henry VIII, and Tom
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321    Canty, a pauper boy who is his physical twin.&amp;nbsp; Twain wrote my favorite
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323    book of all time (Huckleberry Finn) so I am biased, but this is still a
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325    great book.&amp;nbsp; The story is very entertaining and fun and there are
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327    moments of genuine suspense and pathos.&amp;nbsp; Some people classify this book
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329    as children's literature; in fact, they say that about lots of Twain's
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331    work.&amp;nbsp; Why?&amp;nbsp; He's a natural storyteller and perfect for adults. &lt;BR&gt;&amp;nbsp;
332        &lt;/font&gt;
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336    &lt;font face=&quot;Times New Roman&quot;&gt;
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338    &lt;IMG height=140 src=&quot;_httpdocimg_/youngbess.jpg&quot; width=91
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340    align=left alt=&quot;Young Bess by Margaret Irwin&quot;&gt;&lt;A
341
342    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f074900357X%2ftudorengla148-20%3eYoung%2520Bess%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;YOUNG
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344    BESS&lt;/A&gt; &lt;BR&gt;&lt;A
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346    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f0749003898%2ftudorengla148-20%3eElizabeth,%2520Captive%2520Princess%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;ELIZABETH,
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348    CAPTIVE PRINCESS&lt;/A&gt; &lt;BR&gt;&lt;A
349
350    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f0749004088%2ftudorengla148-20%3eElizabeth%2520and%2520the%2520Prince%2520of%2520Spain%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;ELIZABETH
351
352    AND THE PRINCE OF SPAIN&lt;/A&gt; &lt;BR&gt;by Margaret Irwin &lt;BR&gt;Elizabeth Tudor has brought out the best in many writers, but
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354    perhaps none more so than Margaret Irwin.&amp;nbsp; This trilogy has recently
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356    been reissued, thus earning the publisher my enduring gratitude.&amp;nbsp; She
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358    creates a vivid portrait of Elizabeth's entire life and there is the usual
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360    colorful cast of supporting characters.&amp;nbsp; Of the three books, my
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362    favorite is the last but all are excellent.&amp;nbsp; Her writing is evocative
363
364    and often very beautiful.&amp;nbsp; I'll be reading along and think, What a
365
366    perfect sentence!&amp;nbsp; If you want a persuasive and compelling portrait of
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368    the Virgin Queen, read Irwin.&amp;nbsp; No one else comes close.
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370    &lt;BR&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/font&gt;
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374    &lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;_httpdocimg_/elizessex.gif&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; width=&quot;100&quot; height=&quot;153&quot;&gt;&lt;A
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376    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f0156283107%2ftudorengla148-20%3eElizabeth%2520and%2520Essex:%2520A%2520Tragic%2520History...%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;ELIZABETH
377
378    AND ESSEX: A TRAGIC HISTORY&lt;/A&gt; by Lytton Strachey &lt;BR&gt;This is one of my favorite books about Queen Elizabeth I.&amp;nbsp; Strachey
379
380    always writes like a dream, with style and wit, and in this work he explores
381
382    the complex relationship between the Virgin Queen and the infamous earl of
383
384    Essex.&amp;nbsp; Essex was the great favorite of Elizabeth's later years, but he
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386    rebelled against the queen (his petulance was exceeded only by his
387
388    ingratitude.)&amp;nbsp; Like Strachey's equally good &lt;A
389
390    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f0156286971%2ftudorengla148-20%3eEminent%2520Victorians%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;Eminent
391
392    Victorians&lt;/A&gt;, this biographical study is primarily psychological.&amp;nbsp;
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394    Strachey wants to know why Elizabeth and Essex acted as they did - their
395
396    motivations, desires, flaws....&amp;nbsp; There is much room for disagreement
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398    and often his analysis of Elizabeth's personality makes one want to analyze
399
400    Strachey himself, but this is still a great book.&amp;nbsp; It brings Elizabeth
401
402    and her court to life and it pulls you deep into the story of the queen and
403
404    Essex.&amp;nbsp; It also discusses the always intriguing Sir Francis
405
406    Bacon.&amp;nbsp; What a fascinating bit of history! &lt;BR&gt;And
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408    once again, let me emphasize the beautiful writing.&amp;nbsp; Style counts with
409
410    me.&amp;nbsp; If I want a dry, boring recitation of facts, then I can pick up an
411
412    encyclopedia or, sadly, most modern histories/biographies.&amp;nbsp; It's like
413
414    that famous Mark Twain quote - 'The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter; it's the
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416    difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.'&amp;nbsp;
417
418    Exactly.&amp;nbsp; All of the books I've listed here are full of the right words.&amp;nbsp; Anyone can tell you that Elizabeth Tudor was born
419
420    in 1533 and her mother was executed in 1536 and blah blah blah.&amp;nbsp; It's
421
422    easy enough.&amp;nbsp; But can the writer create a compelling story worthy of
423
424    their subject?&amp;nbsp; Can they bring history to life?&amp;nbsp; I hate picking up
425
426    books which are full of facts but written like - oh, they're written in a&amp;nbsp;
427
428    perfectly acceptable manner.&amp;nbsp; But who wants perfectly acceptable things
429
430    all the time?&amp;nbsp; You want a gripping, fun, fascinating book.&lt;BR&gt;&amp;nbsp;
431    &lt;/font&gt;
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435    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f0226504654%2ftudorengla148-20%3eElizabeth%2520I:%2520Collected%2520Works%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;ELIZABETH
436
437    I: COLLECTED WORKS&lt;/A&gt; &lt;BR&gt;The great queen in her own
438
439    words - letters, poems, and speeches are gathered here for our admiring
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441    perusal.&amp;nbsp; This selection is arranged in chronological order and
442
443    reasonably priced. &lt;BR&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/font&gt;
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445    &lt;P align=&quot;left&quot;&gt;
446    &lt;font face=&quot;Times New Roman&quot;&gt;
447    &lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;_httpdocimg_/tudorfashion.gif&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; width=&quot;100&quot; height=&quot;150&quot;&gt;&lt;A
448
449    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f0486298450%2ftudorengla148-20%3eTudor%2520Costume%2520and%2520Fashion%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;TUDOR
450
451    COSTUME AND FASHION&lt;/A&gt; by Herbert Norris &lt;BR&gt;Most people
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453    believe that Janet Arnold's '&lt;A
454
455    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f0901286206%2ftudorengla148-20%3eQueen%2520Elizabeth's%2520Wardrobe%2520Unlock'd:%2520The...%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;Queen
456
457    Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'd&lt;/A&gt;' is the best work on Tudor fashion.&amp;nbsp;
458
459    And it is certainly the best guide to making an Elizabethan costume.&amp;nbsp;
460
461    But it's also very expensive.&amp;nbsp; Norris covers the entire Tudor dynasty
462
463    and includes several color sketches; the book is published by Dover so it's
464
465    reasonably priced.&amp;nbsp; If you want to learn about all the different styles
466
467    of hats/hoods and skirts and shoes, etc, this is the book for you.&amp;nbsp; If
468
469    you actually want to make a Tudor costume, search out Arnold or any of the
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471    &lt;A href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.renfaire.com%2fCostume%2findex.html&quot;&gt;excellent Renaissance
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473    Festival sites&lt;/A&gt;. &lt;BR&gt;&lt;BR&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/font&gt;
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478
479    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f048641762X%2ftudorengla148-20%3eErasmus%2520and%2520the%2520Age%2520of%2520Reformation%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;ERASMUS
480
481    AND THE AGE OF REFORMATION&lt;/A&gt; by Johan Huizinga &lt;BR&gt;This
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483    is the best biography I have read of Erasmus, the great Dutch philosopher
484
485    and friend of Thomas More.&amp;nbsp; He also spoke for many bookworms when he
486
487    wrote, 'When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food
488
489    and clothes.'&amp;nbsp; Those are nice words to remember when you're torn
490
491    between purchasing &lt;A
492
493    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f0714837156%2ftudorengla148-20%3eBernini:%2520The%2520Sculptor%2520of%2520the%2520Roman...%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;the
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495    Bernini catalogue&lt;/A&gt; or a new outfit.&amp;nbsp; Go with the books.&amp;nbsp; You
496
497    can always borrow clothes from more fashionable friends and relatives.&amp;nbsp;
498
499    And there are already enough well-dressed people out there.&amp;nbsp; Wouldn't
500
501    you rather have a nice personal library?&lt;br&gt;Often you finish a biography and are happy you've
502
503    never met its subject (I always finish biographies of Bluff King Hal in that
504
505    mood), but sometimes it's different.&amp;nbsp; Huizinga brings Erasmus and his
506    times to compelling life.&amp;nbsp; The book includes numerous letters and
507    illustrations, and these are especially valuable since Erasmus corresponded
508    with many 16th century luminaries.&lt;/font&gt;&lt;P align=&quot;left&quot;&gt;
509&lt;br&gt;    &lt;font color=&quot;#0000FF&quot;&gt;THE ROYAL PALACES OF TUDOR ENGLAND&lt;/font&gt; and other works by Simon Thurley&lt;br&gt;I&lt;font face=&quot;Times New Roman&quot;&gt;
510enjoy all of Thurley's work - his most recent is a comprehensive study of
511Hampton Court - but this is easily the best study of Tudor royal architecture
512ever.&amp;nbsp; It is beautifully illustrated and includes floor plans of various
513palaces.&amp;nbsp; It also has a brief glossary.&amp;nbsp; This book isn't simply
514indispensable, - it's also well-written and entertaining.&amp;nbsp; There are lots
515of quirky facts interspersed throughout, and it does a wonderful job of
516explaining various aspects of the royal household.&amp;nbsp; It's expensive, yes,
517but worth it.&amp;nbsp; And it will make you read most Tudor fiction with a
518jaundiced eye.&lt;BR&gt;&amp;nbsp;
519    &lt;/font&gt;
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527    &lt;FONT face=&quot;Times New Roman&quot;&gt;There are some works I haven't listed, like Tillyard's &lt;A
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529    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f0394701623%2ftudorengla148-20%3eElizabethan%2520World%2520Picture%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;Elizabethan
530
531    World Picture&lt;/A&gt; and AL Rowse's &lt;A
532
533    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f1566633168%2ftudorengla148-20%3eThe%2520Elizabethan%2520Renaissance%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;two-volume
534
535    study&lt;/A&gt; of Elizabethan society.&amp;nbsp; I've also left off Alison Plowden's
536
537    '&lt;A
538
539    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f0750921927%2ftudorengla148-20%3eYoung%2520Elizabeth:%2520The%2520First%2520Twenty-Five...%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;Elizabethan
540
541    Quartet&lt;/A&gt;', which are wonderful introductory books on Elizabeth.&amp;nbsp;
542
543    Plowden wrote the &lt;A
544
545    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f0531150003%2ftudorengla148-20%3eLady%2520Jane%2520Grey%2520and%2520the%2520House%2520of%2520Suffolk%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;best
546
547    book&lt;/A&gt; I've read about Mary Tudor and Jane Grey, but it's
548
549    out-of-print.&amp;nbsp; And I haven't mentioned Roy Strong's &lt;A
550
551    href=&quot;_httpextlink_&amp;amp;rl=0&amp;amp;href=http:%2f%2fwww.amazon.com%2fexec%2fobidos%2fASIN%2f0851153771%2ftudorengla148-20%3eThe%2520Tudor%2520and%2520Stuart%2520Monarchy:...%3c%2fA%3e&quot;&gt;entertaining
552
553    study&lt;/A&gt; of Tudor portraits.&amp;nbsp; There are lots that I enjoyed which I
554
555    haven't listed.&amp;nbsp; I will add them eventually.&lt;/FONT&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
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557      &lt;/td&gt;
558    &lt;/tr&gt;
559  &lt;/table&gt;
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