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The House of Tudor produced five monarchs who ruled during this reign. Occasionally listed is Lady Jane Grey, sometimes known as the 'Nine Days' Queen' for the shortness of her de facto reign.

Book recommendations pertaining to the Tudors.

Henry VII (1485–1509)

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
The Red QueenGregory, Philippa2010ARenaissance1453-1485EuropeGreat BritainWars of the Roses
Tudors
FN
The Wars of the RosesWeir, Alison1995ARenaissance1455-1587EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Wars of the Roses
F
Bio
N
Wars of the Roses: RavenspurIggulden, Conn2019ARenaissance1470-1485EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Wars of the Roses
FN
The Princes in the TowerWeir, Alison1995ARenaissance1483-1485EuropeGreat BritainWars of the Roses
Tudors
NF
Bio
N

Elizabeth of York

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her WorldWeir, Allison2013ARenaissance1466-1503EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Elizabeth of York
F
Bio
N
The White PrincessGregory, Philippa2012ARenaissance1485-1499EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Elizabeth of York
FN

Henry VIII (1509–1547)

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Autobiography of Henry VIIIGeorge, Margaret1987ARenaissance1491-1547EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Henry VIII
F
Bio
OV
N
The King's CurseGregory, Philippa2014ARenaissance1499-1540EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Margaret Pole
FN
Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of KingsWeir, Alison2011ARenaissance1500-1543EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Mary Boleyn
F
Bio
N
You Wouldn't Want to Be Married to Henry VIIISenior, Kathryn2014LE
MG
Renaissance1501-1588EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Henry VIII
NFPB
Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell AllAnderson, M. T.
Fleming, Candace
Hemphill, Stephanie
Sandell, Lisa Ann
Donnelly, Jennifer
Park, Linda Sue
Hopkinson, Deborah
2018YA
A
Renaissance1501-1588EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Henry VIII
FN
Three Sisters, Three QueensGregory, Philippa2016ARenaissance1501-1533EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Margaret Tudor
FN
Henry VIII: Royal BeheaderPrice, Sean Stewart2009YA
UMG
Renaissance1509-1547EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Henry VIII
NF
Bio
CB
Henry VIII: The King and His CourtWeir, Alison2001ARenaissance1509-1547EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Henry VIII
F
Bio
N
The Six Wives of Henry VIIIWeir, Alison1991ARenaissance1509-1547EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Henry VIII
F
Bio
N
The Lost Tudor Princess: The Life of Lady Margaret DouglasWeir, Alison2015ARenaissance1515-1578EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Lady Margaret Douglas
F
Bio
N
The Other Boleyn GirlGregory, Philippa2001ARenaissance1521-1536EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Mary Boleyn
FN
The Children of Henry VIIIWeir, Alison1996ARenaissance1537-1603EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Henry VIII
F
Bio
N
The Crown: A NovelBilyeau, Nancy2012ARenaissance1537EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Joanna Stafford
FN
The Chalice: A NovelBilyeau, Nancy2014ARenaissance1538-1540EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Joanna Stafford
FN
The Boleyn InheritanceGregory, Philippa2006ARenaissance1539-1547EuropeGreat BritainTudorsFN
The Tapestry: A NovelBilyeau, Nancy2015ARenaissance1540-1541EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Joanna Stafford
FN

Katherine of Aragon

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
The Constant PrincessGregory, Philippa2005ARenaissance1491-1529EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Katherine of Aragon
FN
Katherine of Aragon, The True QueenWeir, Alison2016ARenaissance1501-1536EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Katherine of Aragon
F
Bio
N

Anne Boleyn

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Doomed Queen AnneMeyer, Carolyn2002UMG
YA
Renaissance1501-1536EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Anne Boleyn
F
Bio
CB
Anne Boleyn, A King's ObsessionWeir, Alison2017ARenaissance1512-1536EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Anne Boleyn
F
Bio
N
The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne BoleynWeir, Alison2009ARenaissance1533-1536EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Anne Boleyn
F
Bio
N
The Boleyn KingAndersen, Laura2013ARenaissance1536-1554EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Anne Boleyn
Hypothetical Henry IX
AHN
The Boleyn DeceitAndersen, Laura2013ARenaissance1554-1555EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Anne Boleyn
Hypothetical Henry IX
AHN
The Boleyn ReckoningAndersen, Laura2014ARenaissance1556-1559EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Anne Boleyn
Hypothetical Henry IX
AHN

Jane Seymour

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Jane Seymour, The Haunted QueenWeir, Alison2018ARenaissance1518-1537EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Jane Seymour
F
Bio
N

Anna of Kleve

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Anna of Kleve, The Princess in the PortraitWeir, Alison2019ARenaissance1530-1557EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Anna of Kleve
F
Bio
N

Katheryn Howard

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Katheryn Howard, The Scandalous QueenWeir, Alison2020ARenaissance1528-1542EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Katheryn Howard
F
Bio
N

Katharine Parr

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Katharine Parr, The Sixth WifeWeir, Alison2021ARenaissance1543-1548EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Katharine Parr
F
Bio
N
The Taming of the QueenGregory, Philippa2015ARenaissance1543-1547EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Katharine Parr
FN

Edward VI (1547–1553)

Mary I (1553–1558)

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Mary, Bloody MaryMeyer, Carolyn1999UMG
YA
Renaissance1516-1558EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Mary Tudor
F
Bio
CB
Mary Tudor: Courageous Queen or Bloody Mary?Buchanan, Jane2008YA
UMG
Renaissance1516-1558EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Mary Tudor
NF
Bio
CB
The Queen's FoolGregory, Philippa2003ARenaissance1548-1558EuropeGreat BritainTudorsFN
The Perilous GardPope, Elizabeth Marie2001UMG
YA
Renaissance1558EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Mary Tudor
HFN

Lady Jane Grey (1553)

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Nine Days a Queen: The Short Life and Reign of Lady Jane GreyRinaldi, Ann2005UMG
YA
Renaissance1537-1554EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Lady Jane Grey
F
Bio
CB
Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane GreyWeir, Alison2006ARenaissance1537-1554EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Lady Jane Grey
F
Bio
N
The Last TudorGregory, Philippa2017ARenaissance1550-1573EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Lady Jane Grey
FN
A Dangerous Inheritance: A Novel of Tudor Rivals and the Secret of the TowerWeir, Alison2012ARenaissance1553-1567EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Lady Katherine Grey
F
Bio
N
My Lady JaneHand, Cynthia
Ashton, Brodi
Meadows, Jodi
2016YA
A
Renaissance1553-1573EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Lady Jane Grey
HF
Bio
N

Elizabeth I (1558–1603)

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Elizabeth I: The NovelGeorge, Margaret2012ARenaissance1536-1558EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Elizabeth I
F
Bio
N
The Lady ElizabethWeir, Alison2008ARenaissance1536-1558EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Elizabeth I
F
Bio
N
The Virgin's LoverGregory, Philippa2004ARenaissance1558-1560EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Elizabeth I
FN
The Marriage GameWeir, Alison2014ARenaissance1558-1603EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Elizabeth I
F
Bio
N
A Tip for the HangmanEpstein, Allison2021ARenaissance1585-1593EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Elizabeth I
FN

Mary Stuart

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Murder of Lord DarnleyWeir, Alison2003ARenaissance1542-1587EuropeGreat Britain
Scotland
Tudors
Mary Stuart
F
Bio
N
Queen's Own FoolYolen, Jane
Harris, Robert J.
2001UMG
YA
Renaissance1542-1587EuropeGreat Britain
Scotland
Tudors
Mary Stuart
F
Bio
N
Mary Queen of Scotland and the IslesGeorge, Margaret1997ARenaissance1542-1587EuropeGreat Britain
Scotland
Tudors
Mary Stuart
F
Bio
N
My Contrary MaryHand, Cynthia
Ashton, Brodi
Meadows, Jodi
2021YA
A
Renaissance1568-1587EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Mary Stuart
HF
Bio
N
The Other QueenGregory, Philippa2008ARenaissance1568-1587EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Mary Stuart
FN

General Tudor History (1485-1603)

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
The Tudor TutorAlexander, Barb2015YA
A
Renaissance1485-1603EuropeGreat BritainTudorsNF
Bio
B
The Tudors: Kings, Queens, Scribes, and Ferrets!Williams, Marcia2016LE
MG
Renaissance1485-1603EuropeGreat BritainTudorsNFPB
You Wouldn't Want to Be Ill in Tudor TimesSenior, Kathryn2014LE
MG
Renaissance1501-1599EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Medicine
NFPB

ALL Tudor Books (chronologically)

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
The Red QueenGregory, Philippa2010ARenaissance1453-1485EuropeGreat BritainWars of the Roses
Tudors
FN
The Wars of the RosesWeir, Alison1995ARenaissance1455-1587EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Wars of the Roses
F
Bio
N
Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her WorldWeir, Allison2013ARenaissance1466-1503EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Elizabeth of York
F
Bio
N
Wars of the Roses: RavenspurIggulden, Conn2019ARenaissance1470-1485EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Wars of the Roses
FN
The Princes in the TowerWeir, Alison1995ARenaissance1483-1485EuropeGreat BritainWars of the Roses
Tudors
NF
Bio
N
The Tudor TutorAlexander, Barb2015YA
A
Renaissance1485-1603EuropeGreat BritainTudorsNF
Bio
B
The White PrincessGregory, Philippa2012ARenaissance1485-1499EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Elizabeth of York
FN
The Tudors: Kings, Queens, Scribes, and Ferrets!Williams, Marcia2016LE
MG
Renaissance1485-1603EuropeGreat BritainTudorsNFPB
Autobiography of Henry VIIIGeorge, Margaret1987ARenaissance1491-1547EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Henry VIII
F
Bio
OV
N
The Constant PrincessGregory, Philippa2005ARenaissance1491-1529EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Katherine of Aragon
FN
The King's CurseGregory, Philippa2014ARenaissance1499-1540EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Margaret Pole
FN
Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of KingsWeir, Alison2011ARenaissance1500-1543EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Mary Boleyn
F
Bio
N
You Wouldn't Want to Be Ill in Tudor TimesSenior, Kathryn2014LE
MG
Renaissance1501-1599EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Medicine
NFPB
Three Sisters, Three QueensGregory, Philippa2016ARenaissance1501-1533EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Margaret Tudor
FN
You Wouldn't Want to Be Married to Henry VIIISenior, Kathryn2014LE
MG
Renaissance1501-1588EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Henry VIII
NFPB
Doomed Queen AnneMeyer, Carolyn2002UMG
YA
Renaissance1501-1536EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Anne Boleyn
F
Bio
CB
Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell AllAnderson, M. T.
Fleming, Candace
Hemphill, Stephanie
Sandell, Lisa Ann
Donnelly, Jennifer
Park, Linda Sue
Hopkinson, Deborah
2018YA
A
Renaissance1501-1588EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Henry VIII
FN
Katherine of Aragon, The True QueenWeir, Alison2016ARenaissance1501-1536EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Katherine of Aragon
F
Bio
N
Henry VIII: Royal BeheaderPrice, Sean Stewart2009YA
UMG
Renaissance1509-1547EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Henry VIII
NF
Bio
CB
Henry VIII: The King and His CourtWeir, Alison2001ARenaissance1509-1547EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Henry VIII
F
Bio
N
The Six Wives of Henry VIIIWeir, Alison1991ARenaissance1509-1547EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Henry VIII
F
Bio
N
Anne Boleyn, A King's ObsessionWeir, Alison2017ARenaissance1512-1536EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Anne Boleyn
F
Bio
N
The Lost Tudor Princess: The Life of Lady Margaret DouglasWeir, Alison2015ARenaissance1515-1578EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Lady Margaret Douglas
F
Bio
N
Mary, Bloody MaryMeyer, Carolyn1999UMG
YA
Renaissance1516-1558EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Mary Tudor
F
Bio
CB
Mary Tudor: Courageous Queen or Bloody Mary?Buchanan, Jane2008YA
UMG
Renaissance1516-1558EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Mary Tudor
NF
Bio
CB
Jane Seymour, The Haunted QueenWeir, Alison2018ARenaissance1518-1537EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Jane Seymour
F
Bio
N
The Other Boleyn GirlGregory, Philippa2001ARenaissance1521-1536EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Mary Boleyn
FN
Anna of Kleve, The Princess in the PortraitWeir, Alison2019ARenaissance1530-1557EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Anna of Kleve
F
Bio
N
Katheryn Howard, The Scandalous QueenWeir, Alison2020ARenaissance1528-1542EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Katheryn Howard
F
Bio
N
The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne BoleynWeir, Alison2009ARenaissance1533-1536EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Anne Boleyn
F
Bio
N
The Boleyn KingAndersen, Laura2013ARenaissance1536-1554EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Anne Boleyn
Hypothetical Henry IX
AHN
The Lady ElizabethWeir, Alison2008ARenaissance1536-1558EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Elizabeth I
F
Bio
N
Elizabeth I: The NovelGeorge, Margaret2012ARenaissance1536-1558EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Elizabeth I
F
Bio
N
The Crown: A NovelBilyeau, Nancy2012ARenaissance1537EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Joanna Stafford
FN
Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane GreyWeir, Alison2006ARenaissance1537-1554EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Lady Jane Grey
F
Bio
N
Nine Days a Queen: The Short Life and Reign of Lady Jane GreyRinaldi, Ann2005UMG
YA
Renaissance1537-1554EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Lady Jane Grey
F
Bio
CB
The Children of Henry VIIIWeir, Alison1996ARenaissance1537-1603EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Henry VIII
F
Bio
N
The Chalice: A NovelBilyeau, Nancy2014ARenaissance1538-1540EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Joanna Stafford
FN
The Boleyn InheritanceGregory, Philippa2006ARenaissance1539-1547EuropeGreat BritainTudorsFN
The Tapestry: A NovelBilyeau, Nancy2015ARenaissance1540-1541EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Joanna Stafford
FN
Mary Queen of Scotland and the IslesGeorge, Margaret1997ARenaissance1542-1587EuropeGreat Britain
Scotland
Tudors
Mary Stuart
F
Bio
N
Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Murder of Lord DarnleyWeir, Alison2003ARenaissance1542-1587EuropeGreat Britain
Scotland
Tudors
Mary Stuart
F
Bio
N
Queen's Own FoolYolen, Jane
Harris, Robert J.
2001UMG
YA
Renaissance1542-1587EuropeGreat Britain
Scotland
Tudors
Mary Stuart
F
Bio
N
Katharine Parr, The Sixth WifeWeir, Alison2021ARenaissance1543-1548EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Katharine Parr
F
Bio
N
The Taming of the QueenGregory, Philippa2015ARenaissance1543-1547EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Katharine Parr
FN
The Queen's FoolGregory, Philippa2003ARenaissance1548-1558EuropeGreat BritainTudorsFN
The Last TudorGregory, Philippa2017ARenaissance1550-1573EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Lady Jane Grey
FN
A Dangerous Inheritance: A Novel of Tudor Rivals and the Secret of the TowerWeir, Alison2012ARenaissance1553-1567EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Lady Katherine Grey
F
Bio
N
My Lady JaneHand, Cynthia
Ashton, Brodi
Meadows, Jodi
2016YA
A
Renaissance1553-1573EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Lady Jane Grey
HF
Bio
N
The Boleyn DeceitAndersen, Laura2013ARenaissance1554-1555EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Anne Boleyn
Hypothetical Henry IX
AHN
The Boleyn ReckoningAndersen, Laura2014ARenaissance1556-1559EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Anne Boleyn
Hypothetical Henry IX
AHN
The Virgin's LoverGregory, Philippa2004ARenaissance1558-1560EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Elizabeth I
FN
The Perilous GardPope, Elizabeth Marie2001UMG
YA
Renaissance1558EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Mary Tudor
HFN
The Marriage GameWeir, Alison2014ARenaissance1558-1603EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Elizabeth I
F
Bio
N
The Other QueenGregory, Philippa2008ARenaissance1568-1587EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Mary Stuart
FN
My Contrary MaryHand, Cynthia
Ashton, Brodi
Meadows, Jodi
2021YA
A
Renaissance1568-1587EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Mary Stuart
HF
Bio
N
A Tip for the HangmanEpstein, Allison2021ARenaissance1585-1593EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Elizabeth I
FN

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List of abbreviations:
Reading Age Genre Format
LE = lower elementary
MG = middle grade (8-12 yrs.)
UMG = upper-middle grade (11-14 yrs.)
YA = young adult (14+)
A = adult (18+)
NF - non fiction
F = fiction
Bio = biography
HF = historical fantasy
AH = alternate history
OV - own voices
M = mythology
S = spine book
PB = picture book
GN = graphic novel
ER = early reader
CB = chapter book
B = book (NF)
N = novel