16th century

What Life Was Like in the Realm of Elizabeth: England, AD 1533-1603

By Time-Life Books

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Drawing on art, artifacts and literature that was left behind, these richly illustrated volumes recount captivating tales of everyday life in long-ago vanished worlds.
Part of the What Life Was Like... series.

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The Tower of London

By Leonard Everett Fisher

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Characterizes the Tower and its people during the turbulent years of the forming of the British nation from 1078 through 1666.

Princess Elizabeth was imprisoned by her sister in this ancient tower. Later as queen, Elizabeth would find it to be a suitable place to put her own enemies.

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The Royal Palaces of Tudor England: Architecture and Court Life, 1460-1547

By Simon Thurley

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The Curator of Historic Royal Places shares his insights into the many residences of the Tudor royal family. Lots of illustrations here, including floor and ground plans, and insights into the court's etiquette, hygiene, religion, government, cooking and interior decoration, as well as their preferred sports.

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The King's Fool: A Book about Medieval and Renaissance Fools

By Dana Fradon

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This book about the kings' (and queens') own comics is fun and informative. A good jumping off spot for reports.

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Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest For El Dorado

By Marc Aronson

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This luxuriantly detailed account of Ralegh's life--courtier, general, explorer, quester for El Dorado, overseer of the Irish--and death (he was executed as a traitor) is also a fully dimensional portrait of the Elizabethan period.

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Sir Francis Drake: Navigator and Pirate

By Earle Rice, Jr.

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His enemies called him "El Draco" (the dragon) for his piratical ways. The English people called him a hero for his explorations around the world and his part in trouncing of the Spanish Armada.

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Shakespeare's Theater

By Jacqueline Morley

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"History and architecture combine to bring the past to life. Filled with full-color, cut-away illustrations and informative text, each volume looks at a single structure and the everyday life of the people who built them ... and enjoyed them."

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Shakespeare

By Peter Chrisp

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This richly illustrated book, part of DK's Eyewitness series, presents the life and work of Shakespeare and gives information about the theater of 16th-century London.

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One Day in Shakespeare's England

By Avis Murton Carter

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From the poor to the tradesmen to the very rich, follow the everyday lives of people in the year 1600. 48 pages.

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Mary I: The History of an Unhappy Tudor Queen

By Winifred Roll

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The story of the daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon who, during a brief reign, tried to bring Protestant England back to the Roman Catholic Church. Mary was Elizabeth's older sister and ruled immediately before her.

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