Reading List for Early Modern (Tudor/Stuart) England

Politics/Political Theory/Constitutional History

Burgess, Glenn. Absolute Monarchy and the Stuart Constitution. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996.

Burgess, Glenn. The Politics of the Ancient Constitution: An Introduction to English Political Thought, 1603-1642. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1992.

Cogswell, Thomas. The Blessed Revolution: English Politics and the Coming of War, 1621-1624. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Cromartie, Alan. The Constitutionalist Revolution: An Essay on the History of England, 1450-1642. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Dean, David. Law-making and Society in Late Elizabethan England: The Parliament of England, 1584-1601. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Elton, G. R. The Tudor Constitution: Documents and Commentary, 2nd Ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982.

Hammer, Paul E. J. The Polarisation of English Politics: The Political Career of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, 1585-1597. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Harris, Tim and Stephen Taylor, ed. The Final Crisis of the Stuart Monarchy: The Revolutions of 1688-91 in their British, Atlantic and European Contexts. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2013.

Kesselring, K.J. Mercy and Authority in the Tudor State. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Little, Patrick and David L. Smith. Parliaments and Politics during the Cromwellian Protectorate. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Loades, David. Power in Tudor England. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1997.

Orr, D. Treason and the State: Law, Politics and Ideology in the English Civil War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Paul, Joanne. Counsel and Command in Early Modern English Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.

Rose, Jacqueline. Godly Kingship in Restoration England: The Politics of the Royal Supremacy, 1660-1688. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Sommerville, J.P. Politics and Ideology in England, 1603-1640. New York: Longman, 1986.

Williams, Penry. The Tudor Regime. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1979.


Hoyle, R.W. The Pilgrimage of Grace and the Politics of the 1530s. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Wood, Andy. The 1549 Rebellions and the Making of Early Modern England. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Pincus, Steve. 1688: The First Modern Revolution (Yale University Press, 2011)

Hill, Christopher. The World Turned Upside Down:  Radical Ideas in the English Revolution (Penguin, 1972)

The Early Tudors

Gunn, Steven, Henry VII’s New Men and the Making of Tudor England. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Starkey, David. The Reign of Henry VIII: Personalities and Politics. London: Vintage, 1985.

Political Culture

Colclough, David. Freedom of Speech in Early Stuart England. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Hoak, Dale, ed. Tudor Political Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Knights, Mark. Politics and Opinion in Crisis, 1678-81. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

McLaren, A. N. Political Culture in the Reign of Elizabeth I: Queen and Commonwealth 1558-1585. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Peacey, Jason. Print and Public Politics in the English Revolution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Raymond, Joad. Pamphlets and Pamphleteering in Early Modern Britain. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Underdown, David. Revel, Riot and Rebellion: Popular Politics and Culture in England 1603-1660. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985.

Social History and English Society

Beier, A.L. Masterless Men: The Vagrancy Problem in England 1560-1640. London: Methuen, 1985.

Braddick, Michael J., and John Walter, ed., Negotiating Power in Early Modern Society: Order, Hierarchy and Subordination in Britain and Ireland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Ingram, Martin. Carnal Knowledge: Regulating Sex in England, 1470-1600. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Miller, Helen. Henry VIII and the English Nobility. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1986.

Slack, Paul. From Reformation to Improvement: Public Welfare in Early Modern England. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.

English Reformation

Bernard, G.W. The King’s Reformation: Henry VIII and the Remaking of the English Church. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.

Gunther, Karl. Reformation Unbound: Protestant Visions of Reform in England, 1525-1590. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Haigh, Christopher. English Reformations: Religion, Politics and Society under the Tudors. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Shagan, Ethan. Popular Politics and the English Reformation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.


Hunt, Arnold. The Art of Hearing: English Preachers and their Audiences, 1590-1640. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Johnstone, Nathan. The Devil and Demonism in Early Modern England. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Walsham, Alexandra. Providence in Early Modern England. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

War and Foreign Policy

Gunn, Steven. The English People at War in the Age of Henry VIII. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.

McDermott, James. England and the Spanish Armada: The Necessary Quarrel. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.

Pincus, Steve. Protestantism and Patriotism: Ideologies and the Making of English Foreign Policy, 1650-1668. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.


Braddick, Michael. The Nerves of State: Taxation and the Financing of the English State, 1558-1714. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1996.

Carruthers, Bruce G. City of Capital: Politics and Markets in the English Financial Revolution (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1996)

Erikson, Emily. Between Monopoly and Free Trade the English East India Company, 1600-1757, Princeton Analytical Sociology Series (Princeton: Princeton University Pres, 2014)

Roseveare, Henry. The Financial Revolution, 1660-1750. Seminar Studies in History. Oxon England: Routledge, 2013.

England in the Atlantic World

Armitage, David. The Ideological Origins of the British Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2000)

Dunn, Richard. Sugar and Slaves: The Rise of the Planter Class in the English West Indies, 1624-1713 (University of North Carolina Press, 2000)

Games, Alison. The Web of Empire: English Cosmopolitans in an Age of Expansion, 1560-1660 (Oxford University Press, 2009)

Hannah, Mark. Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire, 1570-1740 (University of North Carolina Press, 2017)

Kupperman, Karen Ordahl. The Jamestown Project (Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2007)

Winship, Michael. Hot Protestants: A History of Puritanism in England in America. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018.

This bibliography was compiled by Cody Nicholson, who has an MA in European history from Florida State University and a BA in history from the University of West Florida. He currently teaches history courses at North West Florida State College.  

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