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PRIMARY SOURCE DOCUMENTS
In chronological order

Bull of Pope Innocent III on the marriage of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York (1485)

The Description of Henry VII (c. 1500) from Polydore Vergil's The Anglia Historica 1485-1537

The Coronation of Anne Boleyn (1533) described in a letter by Archbishop Cranmer

Birth announcement of Princess Elizabeth (1533) - Image of original (400K)

The Act of Supremacy (1534) from Statutes of the Realm

The Execution of Anne Boleyn (1536) from a letter to Thomas Cromwell

Anne Boleyn's Speech at the Scaffold (1536) as recorded by Edward Hall.

The Chronicle of Queen Jane and Two Years of Queen Mary (1553-1554) [currently incomplete]

The Execution of Archbishop Cranmer (1556) related by a bystander

Mary I's Will (1558)

Elizabeth I's Procession to Westminster for her Coronation - excerpts (1559)

Pope Pius V's Bull Against Elizabeth (1570)

The Execution of Mary Queen of Scots (1587) recorded by Robert Wynkfielde (drawing of the scene also available)

The Speech of Queen Elizabeth at Tilbury (1588) from a letter by Dr. Leonel Sharp abt. 1623

Last Flight of the Revenge (1591) as recorded by John Huyghen Van Linschoten

A Private Audience with Elizabeth I (1597) as recorded by Andre Hurault the French Ambassador

 

TUDOR LETTERS

 

SECONDARY SOURCES AND OTHER NON-FICTION TEXTS

Henry the Seventh (1899) by James Gairdner.

Lady Margaret: A Memoir of Lady Margaret Beaufort Countess of Richmond & Derby Mother to Henry VII (1924) by E.M.G. Routh

Jane Seymour from Lives of the Queens of England by Agnes Strickland (1877)
[Note: I have this up for 'entertainment purposes', since it is sometimes fun to take a look at the Victorian view of the Tudors. There are some errors in this work, and I would not encourage using it as a resource for facts.]


POETRY

Poetry of and About the Tudor Period

Poetry of Elizabeth I


DRAMA AND FICTION

Queen Mary: A Drama by Alfred, Lord Tennyson