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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? 

Greg Walker challenges the view that court intrigue, favourites, 'new men' and new manners took root under the Tudor monarch.

Volume: 47 Issue: 2 1997

The houses built by Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, are a reflection of his career under Henry VIII, says Maurice Howard, and the King's manipulation of those who served him.

Volume: 47 Issue: 5 1997

Steven Gunn explores the surprising similarities between the impetuous Valois duke and the cautious Tudor pragmatist.

Volume: 46 Issue: 4 1996
Monarchs could do anything – or could they? Steven Ellis examines what happened when commands from the centre had to he executed in practice in the remoter parts of the kingdom.
Volume: 45 Issue: 4 1995

We eavesdrop on Ian Dawson as he interrogates the sources and wonders whether the first Tudor was really so mysterious.

Issue: 22 1995

John Guy doubts whether policy was ever imposed on the most wilful of kings.

Issue: 23 1995

Glenn Richardson profiles the French king's relationship with Henry VIII and the cultural PR and diplomacy that went with it.

Volume: 44 Issue: 9 1994

Has our image of Henry VIII's elder daughter as 'Bloody Mary', burning Protestants and unhappily married to Philip of Spain, clouded our assessment of how close she came to restoring the old religion? Jennifer Loach offers a provocative reinterpretation.

Volume: 44 Issue: 11 1994

Christy Anderson reviews two new books on architecture


Two new books on the Tudor dynasty


With a hey nonny-no - but the courtship of Elizabethan lads and lasses was not quite as buccolic as the madrigals suggest, as Eric Carlson explains.

Volume: 43 Issue: 8 1993

Michael Leech on a Tudor revival in the East End

Volume: 42 Issue: 11 1992

Maria Dowling considers the contribution of Henry VIII's queens in promoting new learning and religion at the Tudor court.

Volume: 41 Issue: 6 1991

David Starkey provides an introduction to the remarkable ruler and places his achievements in a European context.

Volume: 41 Issue: 6 1991

Henry VIII spent astronomical amounts on military fortifications from the Scottish border to the South Coast of England. Marcus Merriman discusses the locations and architecture of these fortifications.

Volume: 41 Issue: 6 1991

Business with pleasure - Steven Gunn shows how the spectacle of the joust oiled the wheels of service and diplomacy as well as building up the court's image, not just for Henry VIII but for his dynasty-founding father as well.

Volume: 41 Issue: 6 1991
The early Renaissance royal palace on the Thames
Volume: 41 Issue: 6 1991
Volume: 39 Issue: 9 1989
Linda Pollock questions the assumption that younger brothers in the 16th and 17th-centuries were automatically stifled and frustrated, impotent in the family pecking order.
Volume: 39 Issue: 6 1989

Timothy Curtis and J.A. Sharpe delve into the country's criminal past.

Volume: 38 Issue: 2 1988

'Take but degree away... and hark what discord follows' was a Tudor and Stuart commonplace but the neatness and fixity of what we think of as their social order is a creation of historians.

Volume: 37 Issue: 1 1987

David Starkey looks at what impresses the contemporary visitor to Henry VIII's palaces

Volume: 37 Issue: 10 1987

'Revisionism' has now become a historian's catch-phrase. Long-cherished interpretations of upheavals in British and European history have been re-examined. In this light, Glyn Redworth examines revisionist interpretations of the English Reformation.

Volume: 37 Issue: 10 1987

Transition in art and kingship, between medieval and Renaissance Europe, characterises the first Tudor's memorial.

Volume: 36 Issue: 2 1986

J A Sharpe looks into the work carried out by social historians into Stuart and Tudor England.

Volume: 36 Issue: 12 1986

The new phenomenon of inflation in 16th-century England not only disrupted the medieval social order, it also challenged the traditional moral censure of usury and capital expansion.

Volume: 36 Issue: 4 1986

Without their Welsh connections, the Tudors could never have made good their rags-to-riches ascent to the English throne, argues Peter R. Roberts.

Volume: 36 Issue: 1 1986

David Starkey visits the Lincoln Center for a night at the opera.

Volume: 35 Issue: 3 1985

Much Tudor art may not have been 'home-grown' but its form and subject matter tells us a great deal about England's 'natural rulers'.

Volume: 35 Issue: 12 1985

Rosemary Day considers Oxford and Cambridge in the Tudor and Stewart age

Volume: 34 Issue: 2 1984

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