The Routledge Companion to the Tudor Age

The Routledge Companion to the Tudor Age

The Routledge Companion to the Tudor Age

The Routledge Companion to the Tudor Age


This new Companion is an invaluable guide to one of the most colourful periods in history. Covering everything from the Reformation, controversies over the succession and the prayer book to literature, the family and education, this highly accessible reference tool contains commentary on the key events in the reigns of the five Tudor monarchs from Henry VII to Elizabeth I.

Opening with a general introduction, it includes a wealth of chronologies, biographies, statistics, and maps, as well as a glossary and a guide to the key works in the field. Topics covered include:

  • The establishment of the Tudor dynasty; monarchs and their consorts; rebellions against the Tudors
  • The legal system- central and ecclesiastical courts
  • Government- central and local; the Monarchy and Parliament
  • The Church - structure and changes throughout this tumultuous period
  • Ireland- timeline of key events
  • Population- numbers and distribution
  • The World of Learning- education; literature; religion
  • The key debates in the field.

This book will be essential reading for all those with an interest in the Tudor Age.


This volume is based on my earlier Companion to the Tudor Age (1995). While it retains many of the features of that work, this is a new book. The changed form of the book owes much to the changing emphases within the discipline of history since 1995. Interdisciplinarity is now fashionable and, whereas in 1995 I had to justify the inclusion of literary and artistic figures (for example, in the biographical index), there has been no such necessity in 2009 to explain the need to cover those who made a cultural contribution. Some of the best historical work now emanates from scholars working on historical themes in the disciplines of literature, art history and music. Historians now seek to compare developments in England with those in Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Benchmarking across the sector has meant that postgraduates and undergraduates alike are expected to embark on original archival research: it has, therefore, seemed appropriate to cater for their special needs throughout the book.

The present work, while retaining many of the features of its predecessor, includes a considerably improved general chronology (which has been expanded to cover religious developments, Irish and Welsh affairs and, to the extent that space permits, events in Scotland and western Europe); an enlarged biographical section (which has been checked against the new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and other authorities); new sections on the structure of the Church in England, and the ecclesiastical courts; an enhanced glossary, a new bibliography section and an updated debates section.

Details and dates

A conscientious attempt has been made to ensure accuracy in respect of details and dates. Standard texts, such as the new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and the Royal Historical Society’s Handbook of British Chronology and other handlists, as well as authoritative monographs and editions, have been used to establish and check details and dates throughout. A caveat should be issued in this regard, however, because such sources are frequently in conflict and the student will, from time to time, find discrepancies. While such conflict is one of the frustrations of historical research, one of its joys lies in the attempt to resolve such problems.

The Companion does not pretend to contain every fact that a student and scholar will need for their work nor to provide uniform coverage of all areas. Indeed, the . . .

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