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The ruling house of England from 1485 until 1603. The Tudor family came to power as a result of the victory of Henry VII over the Yorkist king Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, but... read more

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Suzannah Lipscomb looks beyond the stereotypes that surround our most infamous monarch to ask: who was Henry VIII and when did it all go wrong? 

Henry VIII may be our most famous monarch, a man who still bestrides English history as mightily as he dominated his kingdom nearly 500 years ago – but how well do we really understand him? Eric Ives looks for the man behind the bluster.

Volume: 56 Issue: 2 2006

Retha Warnicke uncovers the real reason for Henry VIII's divorce from his fourth wife.

Issue: 51 2005

Sean Cunningham highlights the importance of 'rule by recognisance' in the reign of the first Tudor monarch.

Issue: 51 2005

John Matusiak examines whether a common interpretation can survive detailed scrutiny.

Issue: 52 2005

Judith Richards pinpoints the debts of Elizabeth I to her older half-sister.

Issue: 53 2005

Mark Rathbone assesses the effectiveness of measures taken in Tudor England to meet the problems of poverty and vagrancy.

Issue: 51 2005

Lucy Wooding has reservations about a new study of the Tudor heavyweight.

Issue: 50 2004

John Matusiak provides a post-revisionist perspective on Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset.

Issue: 50 2004

Marika Sherwood reveals the state of our knowledge – and ignorance – about a period of our multi-racial past.

Volume: 53 Issue: 10 2003
James Williams considers hunting as the ideal pastime for the nobility in the sixteenth century.
Volume: 53 Issue: 8 2003

Richard Cavendish describes James IV of Scots and Margaret Tudor's wedding on August 8th, 1503.

Volume: 53 Issue: 8 2003

Alison Weir, best-selling historian of the medieval and sixteenth-century royal families, explains how she first encountered the power of history in a strange feeling of identification with Anne Boleyn.

Volume: 53 Issue: 5 2003

Simon Thurley explains why the first Stuarts kept the great Tudor palace virtually intact.

Volume: 53 Issue: 11 2003

Retha Warnicke unravels the evidence on the rise and fall of Henry VIII's second wife.

Issue: 42 2002

Mark Rathbone examines the varied reputation of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland.

Issue: 44 2002

Jez Ross takes issue with the traditional view that sees the early foreign policy of the second Tudor monarch as a costly failure.

Issue: 41 2001
John Styles marks the opening of the new British Galleries at the V&A with a look at influences and innovations during a dynamic period of design history.
Volume: 51 Issue: 12 2001
Volume: 51 Issue: 9 2001
Duncan Wilson looks at the history of the Strand site.
Volume: 51 Issue: 9 2001

Eric Ives looks at the cases of two English monarchs who broke with convention by selecting spouses for reasons of the heart, rather than political convenience.

Volume: 50 Issue: 12 2000

Steven Gunn looks at the condition of Britain at the beginning of the Tudor era, and finds a society that was increasingly cohesive, confident and cosmopolitan.

Volume: 50 Issue: 8 2000

Jennifer Loach (whose work has been edited by George Bernard and Penry Williams) goes back to the original sources to show that, despite his image as a pious sickly child, Edward VI was very much his father's son.

Issue: 35 1999

The pretender to the English throne was hanged on November 23rd, 1499

Volume: 49 Issue: 11 1999

Michael Hutchings argues that for too long Protestant historians have concentrated on the negative aspects of the era of ‘Bloody Mary' and that, in sharp contrast, there are positive achievements to her credit.

Issue: 33 1999

On the tercentenary of the fire that destroyed it, Simon Thurley describes the significance of the royal Palace of Whitehall to the Tudor and Stuart monarchs who lived there.

Volume: 48 Issue: 1 1998

In this assessment of Tudor peers, Matthew Christmas argues that the nobility retained their importance as a class and are fundamental to an understanding of the Tudor period.

Issue: 31 1998

David Bates examines a Tudor Christmas Fare at Hampton Court Palace.

Volume: 47 Issue: 12 1997

Pawn of elder statesmen or, as Matthew Christmas argues, another Henry VIII in the making?

Issue: 27 1997

Michael Leech on the efforts to save and excavate the site of the original Globe Theatre in London.

Volume: 47 Issue: 10 1997

Richard Rex argues that the main inspiration for the king's pick-and-mix religion was neither Protestant nor Catholic but Hebraic.

Issue: 29 1997

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