Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Encyclopedia of Tudor England

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Encyclopedia of Tudor England

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Encyclopedia of Tudor England. Edited by John A. Wagner and Susan Walters Schmid. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 3 vols. Acid free $294 (ISBN 978-1-59884-298-2). E-book (978-1-59884-299-9).

This fascinating three-volume set by John A. Wagner and Susan Walters Schmid contains 900 captivating entries covering people, events, terms, ideas, and institutions relating to the Tudor era. Its scope spans the entire Tudor period (1485-1603), with coverage of influences from the pre-Tudor age and the Jacobean period (after 1603). The set's geographic reach extends to the British Isles, America, Asia, Russia, and the most important states of continental Europe.

Of the 900 entries, 750 are revised and updated from two earlier works--The Historical Dictionary of the Elizabethan World (1999) and Bosworth Field to Bloody Mary (2003), also published by ABC-Clio--with the inclusion of 150 new entries. This updated reference set offers the reader an exhaustive overview of a vibrant period and its motley cast of personalities. It is truly a pleasure to casually wade through the volumes and discover an entertaining story or a provocative figure.

This enhanced reference set begins with a "List of Entries" and a "Guide to Related Topics" which list related entries under 25 broad topics, such as "Arts and Science," "Court and Courtiers," and "Royal Residences. …

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