1st Edition

England Under the Tudors

By G.R. Elton Copyright 2019
    554 Pages
    by Routledge

    554 Pages
    by Routledge

    ‘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.

    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

    1. The Tudor Problem
    2. Henry VII: Securing the Dynasty
    3. Henry VII: Restoration of Government
    4. The Great Cardinal
    5. The King’s Great Matter
    6. Thomas Cromwell and the Break with Rome
    7. The Tudor Revolution: Empire and Commonwealth
    8. The Crisis of the Tudors, 1540-58
    9. England During the Price Revolution
    10. The Elizabethan Settlement
    11. The Growing Conflict, 1568-85
    12. Seapower
    13. War, 1585-1603
    14. The Structure of the Age: Conservatism
    15. The Structure of the Age: Renaissance
    16. The Last Years
    17. 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