Im facinated with the Tudors and have watched the show and enjoyed it but does anyone know of a good book on the actual History of the Tudors and Henrys many wives. I have read about Anne but never on the rest of them.
hey there :) you'll be wanting to go with the traditional historians- alison weir and antonia fraser both have great books about henry viii and his wives, david starkey is another brilliant historian with a book about henry and his wives. these three are the ones that deal specifically with the era (apologies if i have forgotten anyone important) but if you only want to know about these characters then i would recommend anything by these three. probably starkey would be the best one to go for, and he has a documentary series about them as well.
the other thing you'll find is that most of the books about "henry's wives" are mostly about katherine of aragon and anne boleyn. not much is known about the rest in great detail in comparison to these two.
WOW...where do I start! I completely understand your fascination with the Tudor dynasty. But there is sooooo much more than the VIII and all his domestic upheavals. I fell in love with English royalty over 40 years ago. So I've had time to trace alot of family lines. Don't stop with just the Tudors. The most exciting line to me is the Plantagenets. It lasted the longest.
Here goes what you asked for: (Authors first) Alison Weir - Henry VIII, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, The Children of Henry VIII, The Life of Elizabeth I. Carolly Erickson - Bloody Mary, Royal Panoply Brief Lives of the English Monarchs. Margaret George - Mary (Stuart) Queen of Scotland and the Isles. She was not a Tudor although her mother was one of Henry VIII's sisters. Charles Phillips - The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Royal Britain. Alison Plowden - Tudor Women Queens and Commoners.
Go on-line and just type in the names of the ones you want to read about. If you have a large public library where you live, go there and check out what they have. But beware of novels. They always have a bunch of junk in them.