‘Anyone who writes about the Tudor century puts his head into a number of untamed lions’ mouths.’ G.R. Elton, Preface
Geoffrey Elton (1921–1994) was one of the great historians of the Tudor period. England Under the Tudors is his major work and an outstanding history of a crucial and turbulent period in British and European history.
Revised several times since its first publication in 1955, England Under the Tudors charts a historical period that witnessed monumental changes in religion, monarchy, and government – and one that continued to shape British history long after.
Spanning the commencement of Henry VII's reign to the death of Elizabeth I, Elton’s magisterial account is populated by many colourful and influential characters, from Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas Cranmer, and Thomas Cromwell to Henry VIII and Mary Queen of Scots. Elton also examines aspects of the Tudor period that had been previously overlooked, such as empire and commonwealth, agriculture and industry, seapower, and the role of the arts and literature.
This Routledge Classics edition includes a new foreword by Diarmaid MacCulloch.
Table of Contents
Foreword to the Routledge Classics Edition – Diarmaid MacCulloch
Preface to the third edition
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
List of maps and diagrams
- The Tudor Problem
- Henry VII: Securing the Dynasty
- Henry VII: Restoration of Government
- The Great Cardinal
- The King’s Great Matter
- Thomas Cromwell and the Break with Rome
- The Tudor Revolution: Empire and Commonwealth
- The Crisis of the Tudors, 1540-58
- England During the Price Revolution
- The Elizabethan Settlement
- The Growing Conflict, 1568-85
- War, 1585-1603
- The Structure of the Age: Conservatism
- The Structure of the Age: Renaissance
- The Last Years
- Revisions (1990)
G.R.Elton (1921–1994) was Regius Professor Emeritus of Modern History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Clare College. Renowned as one of the leading historians of his era and the author of many influential books on the Tudor period, he was also a defender of a traditional, factual-based view of history. He was famous for his role in the influential ‘Carr–Elton Debate’ in the 1960s, where he argued for a scientific approach to history against the historian E.H.Carr’s more relativistic view.
‘The best full-length introductory history of the Tudor period…Written with great verve, it will delight both the scholar and the general reader.’ – The Spectator
‘Witty, muscular, clear and above everything else, readable.’ – Times Educational Supplement