THE bibliography here presented does not profess to be complete, but it mentions most of the works which have supplied the information used in the text.
The material has been arranged under heads which, it is hoped, will be convenient, but the categories used are not quite mutually exclusive, and occasionally there is reference from one section of the bibliography to another.
The Bibliography of British History, Tudor Period, 1485- 1603, by Conyers Read ( 1933), is the best guide to the authorities for the period. Small but useful pamphlets and leaflets published by the Historical Association deal with particular subjects, e.g. A Short Bibliography of English Constitutional History by Helen M. Cam and A. S. Turberville (Historical Association Leaflet no. 75, 1929); for recent work the Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature is very useful.
Of very great convenience to students are the Handbook of British Chronology (ed. F. M. Powicke with assistance from Charles Johnson and W. J. Harte, 1939), and the Handbook of Dates for Students of English History (ed. C. R. Cheney, 1945); the former supplies lists of kings, of officers of state, of bishops of England, Scotland, and Ireland, of sessions of parliament (to 1547), and of English church councils (to 1536), as well as notes on calendars and lists of the regnal and exchequer years. The latter is particularly useful as containing tables arranged to show at a glance the date of Easter and of the great church festivals for any given year; it also supplies a convenient list of saints' days and festivals. A list of the sessions of parliament is also to be found in the index volume (vol. xiii) of the Cambridge Modern History; this contains, too, genealogical tables for all the ruling houses of Europe which are of great importance for an age when the prince was identified with the state.
M. S. Giuseppi, Guide to the Manuscripts preserved in the Public Record Office ( 2 vols., 1923-4), does far more than show where