The Tudors

Passion, Power and Politics


A comprehensive history of the Tudor period including the international impact of the Tudors and their legacies, featuring new research and a range of specialist contributors.


ISBN: 9781855145986 Category:

Charlotte Bolland


‘Excellent, full of tiny details that expand our knowledge of even the best-known Tudors’ – Lucy Davies, The Telegraph

Situating the Tudor dynasty, their court, and the country, in an international context, this book will be highly illustrated and feature contemporary research in an accessible way. It will provide an overview of the ways in which the Tudors engaged with the world and were impacted by broader currents: the internationalism of court culture, religious shifts, trade, naval conflict and the expansion in the Americas. The introductory text will consider the legacies of the Tudors, as the monarchs who reigned during the tumultuous years of the Reformation and the emergence of the transatlantic slave trade and English colonialism.

Taking a thematic and biographical approach, the book will feature some of the most famous royal and court figures from the sixteenth century, from Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell, to Elizabeth I and Walter Ralegh. The works shown will be explored from a multitude of perspectives, looking at the sitters’ impact at home and abroad in Europe and the Americas. The international impact of the Tudors will be very evident the portraits featured, the artists of which came from Netherlands, Germany, France and Italy.

Artworks will be arranged by the key themes of: court culture, religion, queenship, conflict, empire, piracy and trade, and translation. Each theme will feature an opening text from a range of voices exploring the historical contexts of the works and new research on the topics. It will include biographical sketches of individuals whose role in Tudor history has often been overlooked, such as the trumpeter John Blanke.

Additional information

Weight 668 g
Dimensions 17.8 x 22.7 cm
Publisher name National Portrait Gallery Publications
Publication date 23 June 2022
Number of pages 168
Format Hardback
Dimensions 17.8 x 22.7 cm
Weight 668 g


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Charlotte Bolland is Senior Curator, Research and 16th Century Collections at the National Portrait Gallery, London. She has contributed to The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt (2017), The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered (2014) and Elizabeth I and Her People (2013). Her most recent publication on the Tudors was Tudor and Jacobean Portraits (2019).