No period in British history has more resonance and mystery today than the 16th century. Spanning Henry VIII's break with Rome to the overwhelming threat of the Spanish Armada, this installment in the Penguin History of Britain series brings the atmosphere and events of this great epoch to life. Susan Brigden explores the underlying religious motivations for the savage violence and turbulence of the period and investigates the actions and influences of such near-mythical figures as Elizabeth I, Thomas More, Bloody Mary, and Walter Raleigh.
"Superb … ambitious in range, learned, subtle and enthralling, this is a book of real distinction. As a panorama of the Tudor world it is probably the best there is."—Financial Times