James H. Thomason Library

History 4001

Tudor England

Background Information

Whitehall Mural: Henry VII, Elizabeth of York, Henry VIII, and Jane Seymour. 1667

ARTstor Image Database.

    Print Reference Sources
    e-Reference Sources
    More Secondary Sources
Locating Books
    PASCAL Catalog
    WorldCat & I.L.L.
Locating Articles
    Article Databases
    Journal Finder
    Key Journals
Web Sites
  General Sites

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Background Information:    
Print Reference Sources   back to top

Age of Wars of Religion 1000-1650: An Encyclopedia of Global Warfare and Civilization, Greenwood Press, 2006.

Main Level, Reference: R 909.07 N711A [2 vols]

Encyclopedia of Britain, Macmillan Pub. Co., 1993.

Main Level, Reference: R 941.003 G211E

Also available in electronic format at historyworld.net

The Encyclopaedia of Ireland, Yale University Press, 2003.

Main Level, Reference: R 941.5 En19E


Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland, Harper-Collins Publishers, 1994.

Main Level, Reference: R 942.1003 C693C

New Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomson/Gale, Catholic University of America, 2003.

Main Level, Reference: R 282.03 N42N [15 vols]

Electronic version from New Advent available here

e-Reference Sources

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The Catholic Encyclopedia [New Advent] 2003.

An international work of reference on the constitution, doctrine, discipline and history of the Catholic Church.

The Reformation entry from Catholic viewpoint.

Encyclopedia of Religion [GVRL], Macmillan Reference USA, 2005.

Also available in print, Main Level, Reference: R 200.3 En19E

Encyclopedia of the War of the Roses, ABC-CLIO, 2001.

Historical Dictionary of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, Scarecrow Press, 2010

Also available in print, Main Level, Reference:  R 270.6 H557H


Search all CREDO e-Reference books here or relevant individual CREDO titles:


The Companion to British History [CREDO], Routledge, 2001.
comprehensive A-Z guide to the history of Britain and its peoples is for general readers and students.

Dictionary of British History
[CREDO], Market House Books Ltd, 1997.
The Dictionary of British History covers the history of Britain from Roman times to the present day, and also its overseas territories during British Rule. Attention is paid not only to English history but also to that of Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

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Search all Oxford Reference Online books here or relevant individual ORO titles:




A Dictionary of British History [ORO], Oxford University Press, 2001.

The Oxford Companion to British History [ORO], Oxford University Press, 2003.
Also available in print, Main Level, Reference: R 941.003 Ox2O [1997]

The Oxford Companion to Irish History [ORO], Oxford University Press, c2007.

The Oxford Companion to Scottish History [ORO], Oxford University Press, 2007.
Also available in print, Main Level, Reference: R 941.1 Ox2O

The Kings and Queens of Britain [ORO], Oxford, 2001.




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Birth, Marriage, and Death:  Ritual, Religion, and the Life-Cycle in Tudor and Stuart England, Oxford University Press, 1997.

Upper Level:  942.05 C864B

The Boy King: Edward VI and the Protestant Reformation, Palgrave, 2001.

Upper Level:  B Ed92M VI

Fires of Faith: Catholic England under Mary Tudor, Yale University Press, 2009.

Upper Level 274.206 D874F

Religion, Politics, and Society in 16th-Century England, Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Upper Level:   942.05 R279R2

The Tudor Queens of England, Continuum, 2010.

Also available in print, Upper Level:  942.05 L78T2

War in England, 1642 - 1649, Oxford University Press, 2008.

Also available in print, Upper Level:  942.062 D714W

The Yorkists: The History of a Dynasty, Continuum, 2007.

Also available in print, Upper Level:  942.040922 C856Y

Atlases   back to top


Atlas of British History, Dorset Press, 1985.
Main Level, Reference:ATLAS 911.42 G767A

Atlas of British Overseas Expansion, Simon & Schuster, c1991.
Main Level, Reference: ATLAS 911.41 At65A 

Historical Atlas of Britain, Continuum, 1981.

Upper Level: 911 H629H

Locating Books  
THOMCAT   back to top

Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              

Raleigh, Walter [as AUTHOR]

  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to the Stuarts in British history:
  Armada 1588
  Renaissance England   
  • Materials relevant to the study of the Stuarts may also be found by specifying the era or dates, geographic area, or the material type in which you are interested:

Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog,

however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • Try a KEYWORD search if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
Tudor AND Church

· Use OR between synonyms to expand your search and
group those terms with parentheses:
(Henry VII OR Henry VIII ) AND England

· Add * to the root of a word to truncate or
expand a term:
assassinat* = assassinate
, assassinated, assassination

· Use "quotation marks " around a phrase

to find the exact phrase:
"Church of England"

Try KEYWORD searching with THOMCAT, other library catalogs & library databases



PASCAL CATALOG   back to top

When you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search here for books in other academic libraries in SC.


PASCAL Catalog searching is similar to searching in THOMCAT. An added BONUS in THOMCAT is a pass-through from search results in THOMCAT to the same search results in PASCAL with one click on the PASCAL icon.

The pass through is available on any search at any level

  • A PC book you need is checked out? Click the PASCAL icon for other copies available in SC.

  • Need more items on a subject? PASCAL items on that subject are just a click away.

PASCAL Delivers SC's virtual academic library

Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days.

This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.


WorldCat & I.L.L.   back to top

WorldCat – A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in PASCALCAT.

Interlibrary Loan - ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Check link for instructions.

You need to use Interlibrary Loan when...

  • an article you need is not available at PC [you've checked Journal Finder to see if the library has access to the journal for the date that you need]

Locating Articles    
Article Databases   back to top

The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations.  Search databases using terms dealing with your topic.

Arts & Sciences Collections I, II, & III contain an archive of over 350 full-text journals which are searchable through JSTOR or accessible through Journal Finder, which provides full-text articles in Thomason Library's electronic databases. The collections include journals in art, architecture, economics, film, folklore, history, performing arts, political science, religion, sociology, humanities, mathematics, and statistics. JSTOR is a journal archive with complete runs of journals up to three years ago. Current issues are not available in JSTOR, but may be in other databases.

JSTOR has indexed 19th Century British pamphlets from several collections including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Collection, 1545-1900 which can be browsed by year here. "It consists largely of pamphlets sent back to London by British ambassadors to help with policy formation. It is particularly rich in material related to South America, the Near East, and to the various great European political "questions" of the 19th century. The Colonial Office Collection is chiefly comprised of pamphlets sent back from Britain's colonies, including some unique early material from Australasia."

Academic Search Complete [EBSCOhost] 
The world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials [EBSCO] 1949 - present
A comprehensive reference database designed to support religious and theological scholarship in graduate education and faculty research. Contains citations from international titles and multi-author works related to the field of religion and full-text for over fifty of the six hundred journals indexed. Also includes a full range of index citations to essays in multi-author works and book reviews from ATLA print indexes.

ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Indexes articles, books and essays dealing with years 400-1700 (Middle Ages and Renaissance)

Military & Government Collection

EBSCO database offering current news pertaining all branches of the military and government

OAIster [OCLC]   

Search this catalog of digital collections including digitized books and articles, born-digital texts, audio files, images, movies, data sets from over 100 contributors worldwide.

Project Muse

Contains current and recent volumes of 111 core journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Internet Archive

Working to preserve a record of the Internet for generations to come, IA is a non-profit organization founded to build an Internet library of historical collections that exist in digital formats including texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages.

A search of texts using keywords Tudor England retrieves these ~107 results. A known work [Basilikon Doron by James I] may be found at this site.


Journal Finder   back to top

Search Journal Finder to determine if PC has full text for the journal, magazine or newspaper article you need. Library databases are connected to Journal Finder and lead you to full-text if available.

Browse Journal Finder by title or subject. When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the Full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.


Key Journals   back to top

Albion 1969 - 2004

A publication of The North American Conference on British Studies, Albion was founded in 1969 and published quarterly at Appalachian State University.

Church History 1932 - present
The chief outlet for the American Society of Church History. Articles, forums, and book reviews in Church History address a range of topics dealing with the history of Christianity from its precursors to the modern period, as well as interactions of Christianity with its host cultures and with other religions.

English Historical Review 1886 - 2001

The oldest journal of historical scholarship in the English-speaking world. It deals not only with British history, but with almost all aspects of European and world history since the classical era.

Historical Journal 1958 - 2006

Publishes papers on all aspects of British, European, and world history since the fifteenth century.

Journal of British Studies 1961 - 2006

Recognized as North America's premier publication for the study of British history and civilization. JBS publishes research articles and thematic review essays by an array of international authors in history, literature, and allied disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Contributors cover fields that include social history, religion, economics, law, demographics, and gender and cultural studies. JBS also explores the changing character and significance of British culture in Britain itself and in areas of the world previously contained within the ambit of the British Empire - ranging chronologically from the Middle Ages to the present. Quarterly since 1985.

Journal of Early Modern History 1997 - present

The official journal of the University of Minnesota Center for Early Modern History.

Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 1997 - present

This journal fosters rigorous investigation of historiographical representations of European and western Asian cultural forms from late antiquity to the seventeenth century. Its topics include art, literature, theater, music, philosophy, theology, and history, and it embraces material objects as well as texts; women as well as men; merchants, workers, and audiences as well as patrons; Jews and Muslims as well as Christians.

Past and Present 1952 - 2007

Widely acknowledged to be the liveliest and most stimulating historical journal in the English-speaking world. Offers the examination of particular problems and periods as well as wider issues of historical change.

Scottish Historical Review
1998 - present (1 year embargo)
Covers all periods of Scottish history from the early to the modern, & encourages a variety of historical approaches.


Web Sites    
General Sites   back to top


Interactive Timeline [The British Library]

Arranged by decade from the year 1210 through 2000, this interactive site holds a wealth of primary source images and documents including manuscripts, posters, pamphlets, maps, patents, and more. Click to launch then fly through the decades to the 1600s and view a selection of items from each decade. Create your own timeline of favorites. description from British Library


17th Century Documents [Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy; Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School]
Includes English Bill of Rights 1689, Mayflower Compact, Treaty of Westphalia 1648, charters of American colonies, and more.

Best of History  [an EdTechTeacher.org resource]
An award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 1200 history web sites as well as links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans, history teacher guides, activities, games, quizzes, and more.

BOH site has been recommended by The Chronicle of Higher Education, The National Council for the Social Studies, The British Library Net, The New York Public Library, the BBC, Princeton University.

British Civil Wars [David Plant]
An impressive site that includes timelines, twenty-four biographies of leading figures in the conflict, and descriptions of sixty-two battles and sieges. Sections include: Time Lines: chronological listings of events during the period 1640-60, Biography: who's who in the Civil Wars and Commonwealth, Military: military history of the Civil Wars and Commonwealth. There are links to websites and online articles relevant to this period and a Booklist of the main reference books used in creating this site.

EuroDocs: History of the United Kingdom - Primary Documents
These links connect to Western European (mainly primary) historical documents and shed light on key historical happenings. The sources on the United Kingdom cover various chronological periods, such as 1689 to 1815 and 1816 to 1918.

European History Primary Documents [European University Institute]

"A joint venture between various organizations within the European University Institute...this ambitious project attempts to create a single site compiling all digitized primary sources pertaining to European history. The various sites are arranged by nation, language, period, subject, and type of source, creating an easily usable index of digitized European primary sources. The site also features a search box that allows users to search all of the sites contained in the index." description from CHOICE Reviews Online 11/2010

History of England [History World.net]

History World’s aim is to make world history more easily accessible through interactive narratives and timelines. Written by Bamber Gascoigne, it consists of about 300 narratives (the alphabetical list runs from Aegean Civilization to Zoroastrianism) and 10,000 events on searchable timelines. The site includes electronic access to the Encyclopedia of Britain, Macmillan, 2003.
Narratives discuss Stuart colonial expansion, etc. from Henry VII and Henry VIII to the children of Henry VIII to the rise of the Stuarts

Internet Modern History Sourcebook  [Paul Halsall, Fordham University]

Westminster Assembly Project

"Both the largest parliamentary committee of the English civil war and the last of the great post-Reformation synods, the Assembly is perhaps best known as the creed-making body behind the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, documents which have guided Presbyterian and Reformed churches for centuries.

The Westminster Assembly Project exists to make the writings of the Westminster Assembly and its members available to scholars and to the general public with several sub-projects."


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