The works enumerated in this bibliography are such as may usually be found in the larger public libraries, or are available to members of the London Library. In most cases a few words of description are added, and the whole list has been so classified that the reader - it is hoped - will be able without much difficulty to pick out those volumes which will best help him whether to a general view or in gathering detailed information on specific points.
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To a student "taking up" the Tudor period, the best brief general introduction, as a preliminary survey of the whole subject is to be found - judging from the writer's early experiences - in two small volumes in the "Epoch" Series (Longmans), Seebohm's Era of the Protestant Revolution, and Creighton's Age of Elizabeth.
The continuous narrative, in extenso, is presented consecutively in The Tudor Period, vol. i., by W. Busch (translated by A. M. Todd) for Henry VII.: Brewer's Henry VIII. (2 vols.) for Henry VIII. to the fall of Wolsey: Froude's History of England (12 vols.) from the fall of Wolsey to the Armada - cautious though the reader must be; with Major Martin Hume's Treason and Plot for Elizabeth's closing years.
Proceeding to the detailed list; the first division gives authorities covering all sections of the Tudor Period. Then, under each reign, are the authorities for that reign, selected as being on the whole the most prominent or the most informing. These are divided into contemporary, i.e. Tudor; Intermediate; and Modern, i.e. publications (roughly) of the last half century. Further classification is introduced, where it seems likely to be of assistance.
TUDOR PERIOD CONTEMPORARY
The Carew Papers (Ireland).
Four Masters, Chronicle of The: Celtic Chronicles, collated and translated circa 1632 by four Irish Priests. Hakluyt's Voyages.
The Hatfield Papers (Historical MSS. Commission). The period before Elizabeth occupies only half of vol. i.; the rest of which, with the following volumes of the series, is devoted to that reign. Rymer'sFoedera. Stow, Annals and Survey of London and Westminster.
Hallam's Constitutional History of England. A valuable study of the constitutional aspects of the period; and especially of the attitude of the Government to the great religious sections of the community.
Hook's Lives of the Archbishops; a work somewhat coloured by the author's ecclesiastical predilections.
Lingard's History of England; a fair-minded account written avowedly from a Roman Catholic point of view. Valuable data have however been brought to light since Lingard wrote.
Von Ranke's Englische Geschichte, translated as "History of England principally in the seventeenth century": not a detailed history of this period, but marked by the Author's keen historical insight.
- - - History of the Popes, for those aspects of the period suggested by the title: see also Macaulay's Essay on this work.
Strype's Ecclesiastical Memorials, containing transcripts of many important documents. The compiler however occasionally went astray; as in a remarkable instance noted at p. 129.
Ashley, W. J., Introduction to English Economic History. Brown, P. Hume, History of Scotland.
Cambridge Modern History: vol. ii., The Reformation. Useful for reference, and containing a very full bibliography of the subject. Cc. xiii.-xvi. deal more particularly with England. Also vol. iii., The Wars of Religion.
Chambers, Cyclopaedia of English Literature, containing useful surveys, criticisms, and extracts. [New edition.]