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Tudor topics are taught throughout school from the Kings and Queens to the Reformation, with battles, music and literature in between. Everyone, young and old, are fascinated by The Tudors and rightly so! We have a selection of books, both non fiction and fiction, for KS1 - 3.
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Hear all about the Tudors from the great scribe Arthur Inkbott - history like it's never been told before! Join Marcia Williams on a journey through Tudor times with Arthur Inkblott, Queen Elizbeth I's favourite scribe and his pet ferret, Smudge. Meet Henry VIII and his six wives, fight the Spanish Armada, see Shakespeare's plays performed for the very first time and sail around the world with Christopher Columbus! Packed with jokes, comic illustrations and fascinating facts, this hugely entertaining fictional biography will make you look at the Tudors in a whole new light!
Voices: Diver's Daughter - A Tudor Story brings Eve and her mother, who was stolen from her family in Mozambique as a child, from the Southwark slums of Elizabethan London to England's southern coast. When they hear from a Mary Rose survivor that one of the African free-divers who was sent to salvage its treasures is alive and well and living in Southampton, mother and daughter agree to try to find him and attempt to dive the wreck of another ship, rumoured to be rich with treasures. But will the pair survive when the man arrives to claim his 'share'? Will Eve overcome her fear of the water to help rescue her mother?
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2018 Princess Mary lives in a palace and is the daughter of Henry V111, the King of England but, when her parents’ marriage begins to fall apart, the sadness she feels is not so very different from that of any child in the same situation and Lucy Worsley captures that brilliantly. But for Mary, the divorce has far, far more significance than it would for anyone else as it changes Mary’s life completely and puts her in great danger. As Anne Boleyn takes her mother’s place Mary is demoted from Princess Mary to Lady Mary and finds herself usurped by her new baby sister Elizabeth. How can Mary win back her father and keep herself safe? Lucy Worsley’s child centred view of this moment in English history captures all the drama and danger and wraps it in an enthralling family story. ~ Julia Eccleshare Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for April 2018 The Grotlyn by Benji Davies The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery by Adam Stower Lady Mary by Lucy Worsley The Wardrobe Monster by Bryony Thomson The Tale of Angelino Brown by David Almond You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed
TV historian Lucy Worsley is gifted at bringing the past to life and shows it to great effect here. Her detailed knowledge of the Tudors, the people and above all the places, provides the perfect background to a coming of age story set in a different time. Eliza Camperdowne comes from an old but impoverished family; she knows that the future of her family’s fortunes depend on her making the right kind of marriage. Ideally, that means marrying a man with money and a title. But Eliza’s life plan is changed when she is sent with her cousin to be a maid of Honour at the Court of King Henry V111. Katherine may be a cousin but can Eliza trust her? As Katherine finds favour with the King himself, Eliza must learn to survive the intrigue and treachery of the court. ~ Julia Eccleshare
Take a look at the mad Tudor monarchs and their suffering subjects - who just couldn't help losing their heads. Discover who invited Queen Lizzie to visit his brand new toilet and what you get when you sew the front of a chicken to the back of a pig. With a bold, accessible new look, these bestselling titles are sure to be a huge hit with yet another generation of Terry Deary fans. Revised by the author and illustrated throughout to make Horrible Histories more accessible to young readers. 2018 is HORRIBLE HISTORIES twenty-fifth anniversary.
THOMAS SNOOP is in training to become a SPY. Entrusted with a TOP SECRET mission by the mysterious Lord Severn, right-hand man to the Tudor king, Thomas must travel to the magnificent Goldenhilt Hall - in the guise of a servant - in order to uncover traitors plotting against the crown. It will take all Thomas's wits and cunning to uncover the traitors lurking at Goldenhilt Hall - and he must do so without being discovered himself... Perfect for fans of Horrible Histories, filled with amazing facts and historical trivia, and brilliantly illustrated throughout, you won't be able to put this SECRET DIARY down! Discover other books in Philip Ardagh and Jamie Littler's hilarious Secret Diary series: The Secret Diary of John Drawbridge, Medieval Knight in Training The Secret Diary of Jane Pinny, Victorian House Maid (and Accidental Detective) The Secret Diary of Kitty Cask,Smuggler's Daughter
Ka, the time-travelling cat, has disappeared, leaving just one clue. Topher soon realises that she has gone back to Elizabethan England, and he fears that Ka is in terrible danger. Cats were tortured in Tudor England, so Topher must try to find her before it is too late. In doing so, he meets Queen Elizabeth and Doctor Dee, the court magician and astronomer, who thinks Ka can help him find the elusive Philosopher's Stone. An exciting and transporting fantasy, exploring both contemporary and ancient issues.
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Three young people witness the fall and execution of Anne Boleyn in this gripping historical adventure. Chief amongst them is Kit Wagstaffe, adopted son of the Ravenmaster at the Tower of London, a boy with a rare gift: he can communicate with the ravens. With flocks of feathered spies to help, Kit discovers a plot against the young Princess Elizabeth, one he is determined to foil out of his loyalty to and affection for Anne. Figures familiar from history lessons are made vivid, breathing characters in this exciting story and though we know how it ends for Anne readers will be moved and saddened viewing events through Kit’s eyes. This is proof of historical fiction’s power to grip and entertain. Pippa Goodhart’s Raven Boy tells another gripping story from within the Tower, in a different century.
From the bestselling author of Horrible Histories... Every day, hapless hopefuls travel to dirty and dangerous Tudor London, trying to seek their fortunes. But what and who is waiting for them when they get there? Tricksters and conmen, like young Eleanor's family, who prey on their naivety. Meanwhile, the fearsome King Henry VIII has some rather cruel ideas of justice... for everyone. Terry Deary's Tudor Tales explore the infamous world of the Tudors through the eyes of children who could have lived at the time. These stories feature real people and take place in some of the most recognisable Tudor settings. This new edition features notes for the reader to help extend learning and exploration of the historical period.
This book is a fascinating and interactive introduction to the Tudors age for curious children, with over one hundred stickers featuring paintings, drawings and sculptures typical of the period. This gloriously illustrated sticker book details the eventful Tudor dynasty; with close reference to King Henry VIII. Learn about the King's palaces, his entertainers and his six wives. Illustrations: Full colour throughout. WARNING! Not suitable for children under 36 months because of small parts. Choking Hazard.
Young readers wondering what’s so special about Shakespeare as celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of his death get underway would do well to read Tony Bradman’s cheerful story of life at the Globe circa 1611. The cast of characters includes Toby Cuffe an orphan boy, and William Shakespeare himself. Sent to the Globe to do some pickpocketing, Toby is too intrigued by the action on stage to make a successful getaway. He’s caught but the Globe’s owners give him a break and a job – he loves it, and even gives Shakespeare the idea for The Tempest. Tony Bradman’s enthusiasm for Shakespeare and his plays is infectious and makes clear why a visit to the Globe was such a treat. Praise is due too to illustrator Tom Morgan-Jones, whose ‘inky daubs’ are as lively and vivid as the text.
Shortlisted for the English Picture Book Award 2016 | Mick Manning and Brita Granström have developed a picture book approach to non-fiction that brings their subjects to vivid life. Beautifully illustrated throughout in coloured pencil and watercolour and with pen and ink for the hand lettering, this is beautiful to look at and packed with information. There is lots on Shakespeare’s childhood – stories of the famous as children always catch the imagination of young readers – and the book provides a very clear impression of Tudor life. It explains the ‘lost years’, when no-one really knows what Shakespeare was up to, and cleverly puts the plays in the context of Shakespeare’s life and times. There are retellings in a sort of comic-strip of some of the most important plays – Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet – while comic-strip style speech bubbles throughout let readers hear Shakespeare’s words and world. Children can read this book in so many different ways, and Simon Callow, quoted on the cover, is right when he says this is a perfect introduction to the real Shakespeare.
"When the King came riding in on his big, black horse, a murmur went up, because his tunic was stitched with the words, DECLARE I DARE NOT …. The words meant the King has a new love, but he dares not say her name. But everyone knows her name, of course. It is Anne Boleyn.” England 1525. Allegiances are divided. Henry VIII wants to divorce his devoted wife Catherine of Aragon and marry Anne Boleyn. For eleven-year-old Elinor Valjean, who lives in the Royal court, the conflict is about to become a personal one. She loves Queen Catherine, but now she will be forced to wait upon her supplanter… Elinor’s diary chronicles the turbulent years of Henry’s divorce from Catherine, and her role as bystander to one of the stormiest marriages in history.
February 2014 Debut of the Month | Set in the underbelly of the Tower of London and on the Thames in Tudor times, with a cast of brilliant characters, including feisty heroine Moss and lovable rogue Salter. A nail-biting drama and a supremely authentic Tudor setting, this is a a thrilling adventure readers age 10+ will devour and a world they’ll want to return to again and again. A small number of members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'An amazing and clever story like no others I have read. Great historical detail shines through this book. It was a bit spooky but very exciting and I like the ending' Emma Stephenson Scroll down to read more ...
From battles and beheadings, to plots and plague, this book tells the story of life in Britain under the Tudors and Stuarts. Full of intriguing facts, illustrations, detailed reconstructions, paintings and maps. Includes links to websites to find out more information via the Usborne Quicklinks Website.
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. | The past comes alive for Rosie when she finds herself transported back to the time of the Tudors and to the court of Queen Elizabeth I herself. Rosie finds herself playing an important role in keeping great Queen Bess safe as the Spanish Armada approaches. From her new companions Rosie learns first hand all about the history of the time; how ordinary people lived and what frightened them as well as the big political issues. History at school will never be so difficult for Rose – even though she finds reading so hard!
Prize-winning Berlie Doherty brings the excitement and danger of life at the court of King Henry V111 vividly to life. Young William Montague is plucked from a life of obscurity to become a page boy to the King’s son and heir, Prince Edward. William soon becomes a favourite of the King’s but he also makes dangerous enemies who know enough about his family to bring about his downfall. Soon William is fleeing from charges of treason and the threat of death itself. These are dangerous times and William needs courage, luck and loyalty to balance love for his family and his father with saving his life and supporting the King.
Court intrigue swirls around Elizabeth, who knows that Princess Mary is not only her sister but her rival, and is forced at an early age to distinguish friend and foe. And as Henry VIII lies dying and her enemies close in, Elizabeth is left wondering whom she can trust. Will she survive the perils of her youth to become England’s great Tudor Queen?
Young Reading: Series Three. The life of Britain’s most famous playwright told for children ready to tackle longer and more complex books. Titles in this 7th and final Level in the Usborne Reading Programme are for fully confident readers who still need to gain the stamina needed for standard length books. At 64 pages in length and up to 5000 words they use advanced sentence structure and vocabulary, and have more complex plots with subplots. Subjects include historical events, biographies and simplified versions of classic novels. Other Young Reading Series 3 titles include David Copperfield, Samurai, and Story of Pirates.
Masses of history and details of dress, behaviour, domestic routines and more are crammed into Lady Grace's diary entries. Orphaned Grace is a Maid of Honour to Queen Elizabeth 1 and is on tour with her at a nobleman's newly built home, Medenham Manor. But work on the house has to stop when a ghost appears. Who is the ghost? Grace becomes an eager detective in this exciting adventure story.
The day Queen Mary Tudor - or 'Bloody Mary', as she's called, because she has anyone who doesn't go to church burned - came to town was the most terrifying day of young Meg's life. Everyone wants to impress Her Majesty, and what better way to show their devotion than by burning a witch themselves. But the witch , Old Nan is more clever and cunning than the townspeople and in the end, she isn't the one who sparks the ferocious temper of the frightful Queen ... Don't miss www.teary-deary.com - the author's own fantastic website with detailed information about all our books, plus others, about Terry as a writer, as well as extracts, quizzes, games and activities.
Old, ailing Elizabeth I is on the throne - but a rebellion to overthrow her is being plotted by the dashing Earl of Essex. One of the rallying points for the uprising will be the Globe Theatre. When the Queen learns of the plan, the plotters are defeated, and she throws Master Shakespeare's theatre company into the most putrid prison in the land. Can James, a boy actor, and the bard himself think of a way to earn the Queen's forgiveness - and be freed? Don't miss www.teary-deary.com - the author's own fantastic website, with detailed information about all our books, plus others, about Terry as a writer, as well as extracts, quizzes, games and activities.
Every day, hapless hopefuls - or 'coneys', as the locals call them - come to dirty and dangerous London town, trying to seek their fortunes. Who is waiting for them? Tricksters and conmen, that's who - like young Eleanor's family. Eleanor becomes troubled by her family's cunning and foils their plans to catch a coney. Meanwhile, fearsome King Henry VIII has some rather cruel ideas of justice ...for everyone. Don't miss www.teary-deary.com - the author's own fantastic website, with detailed information about all our books, plus others, about Terry as a writer, as well as extracts, quizzes, games and activities.