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1500 A.D. - 1599 A.D.

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1500

Wolf Hall: A Novel
Wolf Hall: A Novel
This book takes place from 1500 to 1535

     

 

 

 

1501

The Constant Princess (Boleyn)
The Constant Princess (Boleyn)
This book takes place from 1501 to 1513

The Spanish Queen: A Novel of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon
The Spanish Queen: A Novel of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon

Mistress of Mourning: A Novel
Mistress of Mourning: A Novel
Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England
Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England

Millennium 16th Century

Flesh and Blood

Flesh and Blood
Amazon Instant Video

Patience Princess Catherine
Patience, Princess Catherine: A Young Royals Book
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You can read this here, when the story starts, or in 1501 when she marries Henry, or in 1533 when Henry divorces her to marry Anne Boylen

 

1502 The Thistle and the Rose: The Story of Margaret, Princess of England, Queen of Scotland (A Novel of the Tudors)
The Thistle and the Rose: The Story of Margaret, Princess of England, Queen of Scotland (A Novel of the Tudors)
The Malice of Fortune
The Malice of Fortune
       
1503 The Forgotten Queen
The Forgotten Queen
Margaret Tudor
   

Doing Da Vinci
Doing Da Vinci
Amazon

BBC Leonardo Da Vinci

Da Vinci
History Channel: Leonardo Da Vinci
Amazon

The Smile
The Smile This is a Y.A. (young adult - usually recommended for older teens) book, but preview for s*xual content

Leonardo: Beautiful Dreamer
Leonardo: Beautiful Dreamer

Da Vinci
Da Vinci

 

 

Leonardo Da Vinci
Animated Hero Classics: Da Vinci

 

BrainPOP

Leonardo Da Vinci
1504            
1505     A Daughter's Love: THOMAS MORE AND HIS DEAREST MEG
A Daughter's Love: THOMAS MORE AND HIS DEAREST MEG
     
1506            
1507            
1508       Michelangelo
Michelangelo: The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
Netflix Streaming
Amazon Instant Video

 

Michelangelo
Michelangelo (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)

 

BrainPOP

Michelangelo Buonarroti
1509 The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers
The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers
This book goes on until Henry's death.

 

The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Six Wives of Henry VIII

Henry VIII: The King and His Court
Henry VIII: The King and His Court

    Horrible Histories: Rockin Renaissance
1510

 

         
1511  

 

       
1512 Her Highness, the Traitor
Her Highness, the Traitor
This book takes place from 1512 to 1555
         
1513 The Queen's Rival: In the Court of Henry VIII
The Queen's Rival: In the Court of Henry VIII

 

 

 

The MediciThe Medici: The Medici Pope (PBS) 1513
Netflix streaming
Amazon Instant Video

 

Ponce de Leon
Ancient Mysteries: The Fountain of Youth (Ponce de Leon)

 

 

1514

Mary, Queen of France: The Story of the Youngest Sister of Henry VIII (A Novel of the Tudors)
Mary, Queen of France: The Story of the Youngest Sister of Henry VIII (A Novel of the Tudors)

The Serpent Garden: A Novel
The Serpent Garden: A Novel

I, Jane: In the Court of Henry VIII
I, Jane: In the Court of Henry VIII

The Secret Bride: In The Court of Henry VIII
The Secret Bride: In The Court of Henry VIII

   

Raphael
Raphael (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)

 
1515 Brief Gaudy Hour: A Novel of Anne Boleyn
Brief Gaudy Hour: A Novel of Anne Boleyn
This book takes place from sometime around 1515 (or so) to 1536
         
1516    

The Children of Henry VIII
The Children of Henry VIII

Review coming soon!

The Children of Henry VIII
The Children of Henry VIII

     
1517

 

   

Luther
Luther (Netflix)
Amazon Instant Video

Here I stand

Here I Stand
Netflix streaming

Amazon

Martin LutherMartin Luther: A Man Who Changed The World
(Picture book)

Thunderstorm in the Church

Thunderstorm in Church(Novel about Luther told by his son)

 

1518 to die for

To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn
         
1519

 

 

 

The Fall of the Aztecs

Conquistadors
PBS: Conquistadors
Netflix streaming

The Great Inca Rebellion
The Great Inca Rebellion
Netflix streaming
Amazon

Inca & SpaniardINCA & SPANIARD (PIZARRO & THE CONQUEST OF PERU)
Library

The Seven Serpents

The Seven Serpents Trilogy

Hernan Cortes

Hernan Cortes: The Life of a Spanish Conquistador (Graphic Nonfiction)

 

BrainPOP
Conquistadors

Horrible Histories: Angry Aztecs

1520

The Ruby Ring: A Novel
The Ruby Ring: A Novel

 

   

MagellenWho Was Ferdinand Magellan?

Spy for the Night Riders: Martin Luther

Spy for the Night Riders


Magellan's World
Magellan's World (Great Explorers) Library

Doomed Queen Anne
Doomed Queen Anne: A Young Royals Book
This book starts in 1520, but covers the time period up to Anne's death in 1536.
You can read it here, when she married Henry in 1533 or when she was beheaded in 1536.

 
1521 The Other Boleyn Girl
The Other Boleyn Girl
This book takes place from 1521 to 1536

 

Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings
Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings

A History of BritainA History of Britain: Burning Convictions 1500-1558
Netflix

Amazon
 

 

1522  

 

       
1523            
1524            
1525 In a Treacherous Court
In a Treacherous Court

The Madonna of the Almonds
The Madonna of the Almonds

 

The Radicals
The Radicals (1525 Europe)
Netflix streaming

Amazon Instant Video
 

 

1526

 

 

       
1527

The Confessions of Catherine de Medici: A Novel
The Confessions of Catherine de Medici: A Novel

Portrait of an Unknown Woman: A Novel
Portrait of an Unknown Woman: A Novel

The Sumerton Women
The Sumerton Women

The Devil's Queen: A Novel of Catherine de Medici
The Devil's Queen: A Novel of Catherine de Medici

In the Company of the Courtesan: A Novel
In the Company of the Courtesan: A Novel

    Walk the Worlds Rim
Walk the Worlds Rim
 
1528            
1529

 


 

The Tudors
The Tudors: The Complete Story of England's Most Notorious Dynasty

Henry VIII (preview)

The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Six Wives of Henry VIII (preview) (1509-1547) This is a Masterpiece Theater movie
Netflix streaming
Amazon Instant Video

Monarchy
Monarchy: King and Emperor
Netflix streaming

A Man for All Seasons
A Man for All Seasons (Thomas More)
Netflix streaming
Amazon Instant Video

Henry VIII
National Geographic - The Madness of Henry the VIII

Henry VIII

The Worst Jobs in History – The Tudor Age

Raucous RoyalsRaucous Royals: Test your Royal Wits: Crack Codes, Solve Mysteries, and Deduce WhichRoyal Rumors are True
This book covers various periods of royalty, not just the Tudors.

Henry VIII
Brilliant Brits: Henry VIII (picture book)


Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors

Horrible Histories Strange Tudor laws

More Horrible History videos:

Tudor sugar toothpaste

Tudor diet plan

Tudor currency

Tudor football

Tudor forecast

Horrible Histories - Mr Tudor's Exceedingly Nice Mince Pies

Horrible Histories Historical Headmasters The Tudors

HHTV SPORT Tudor Horse Racing

Horrible Histories Historical Fashion Fix Tudor Peasent

HORRIBLE HISTORIES - The Wives of Henry VIII (Terrible Tudors)

HORRIBLE HISTORIES - The Tudors Song

1530  

 

      HORRIBLE HISTORIES - Tudor Forecast

 

1531            
1532  

 

 

The Conquest of the Incas 1532

Guns, Germs and Steel
Guns, Germs and Steel (2nd episode)

Amazon Instant Video
 

 

1533

The Irish Princess
The Irish Princess

Madame Serpent (Catherine De' Medici Trilogy)
Madame Serpent (Catherine De' Medici Trilogy)

   

Ivan the Terrible
Ivan the Terrible: Tsar of Death (Wicked History) Library
NC710 L

Duchessina

Duchessina: A Novel of Catherine de' Medici (Young Royals) This book covers a large time span. I put it here, where Catherine gets married. Some mature themes (adultery/a mistress)

John Calvin
The River of Grace: The Story of John Calvin

John Calvin
John Calvin
Preview here

Anne of a Thousand DaysAnne of the Thousand Days 1533-1536
Netflix
Amazon Instant Video

The Other Boleyn Girl (BBC version)
Netflix

The Other Boleyn Girl
The Other Boleyn Girl
Netflix (Not for kids)

Amazon Instant Video
1534

 

 

   

St. Ignatius

St. Ignatius of Loyola: In God's Service
 
1535 Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel
Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel
         
1536

The Lady Elizabeth: A Novel
The Lady Elizabeth: A Novel

The Unfaithful Queen: A Novel of Henry VIII's Fifth Wife
The Unfaithful Queen: A Novel of Henry VIII's Fifth Wife

The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn
The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn

God's Outlaw

God's Outlaw: The Story Of William Tyndale Amazon rental or purchase

The Hawk that Dare Not Hunt by Day
The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day
library (About Tyndale)

The Queen's Smuggler
The Queen's Smuggler

William Tyndale

William Tyndale
Torchlighters: The William Tyndale Story Amazon rental or purchase
*Warning: shows burning at the stake, etc. Also, if you are Catholic, the Catholic Church is portrayed in a bad light.

 

1537 Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey
Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey
This books is from 1537 to 1553
         
1538            
1539 The Boleyn Inheritance
The Boleyn Inheritance
This book takes place from 1539 to 1547

 

       
1540

My Lady of Cleves: A Novel of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves
My Lady of Cleves: A Novel of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves

The Queen's Mistake: In the Court of Henry VIII
The Queen's Mistake: In the Court of Henry VIII

Dark Fire (Shardlake)
Dark Fire (Shardlake)

The Winchester Goose: at the Court of Henry VIII
The Winchester Goose: at the Court of Henry VIII

       
1541         The King's Fifth
The King's Fifth
 
1542

Mary Queen of Scotland & The Isles: A Novel
Mary Queen of Scotland & The Isles: A Novel
This book is from 1542 to 1587

      The Redheaded Princess: A Novel
The Redheaded Princess: A Novel
 
1543 Legacy: The Acclaimed Novel of Elizabeth
Legacy: The Acclaimed Novel of Elizabeth

Queen's Gambit: A NovelQueen's Gambit: A Novel

 

The Betrayer's Fortune

The Betrayer's Fortune

CopernicusNicolaus Copernicus: The Earth Is a Planet

 
1544          

Royal Diaries: Elizabeth 1544

1545 Royal Inheritance
Royal Inheritance
         
1546         Nine Days a Queen: The Short Life and Reign of Lady Jane Grey
Nine Days a Queen: The Short Life and Reign of Lady Jane Grey
 
1547 The Tudor Throne
The Tudor Throne
The Italian Woman (Catherine De Medici)
The Italian Woman (Catherine De Medici)
     

The Prince and the Pauper

Mickey Mouse The Prince and the Pauper

1548 The Queen's Fool (Boleyn)
The Queen's Fool (Boleyn)
This book takes place from 1548 to 1558
      Mary, Queen of Scots
The Wild Queen: The Days and Nights of Mary, Queen of Scots
 
1549            
1550 The Boleyn King: A Novel
The Boleyn King: A Novel
      Zel
Zel
 
1551            
1552            
1553

The Tudor Secret (The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles)
The Tudor Secret (The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles)

The Tudor Conspiracy: A Novel (Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles)
The Tudor Conspiracy: A Novel (Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles)

Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen
Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen

MonarchyMonarchy: Shadow of the King

Netflix streaming

Mary, Bloody Mary
Mary, Bloody Mary: A Young Royals Book

Mary, Queen of Scots: Queen Without a Country, France, 1553
Mary, Queen of Scots: Queen Without a Country, France, 1553

 

1554 The Virgin Queen's Daughter
The Virgin Queen's Daughter
A Dangerous Inheritance: A Novel of Tudor Rivals and the Secret of the Tower
A Dangerous Inheritance: A Novel of Tudor Rivals and the Secret of the Tower
This book covers 2 stories: one of Kate Plantagenet in 1483 and one of Katherine Grey in 1554.
       
1555            
1556            
1557            
1558

 

 

The Life of Elizabeth I
The Life of Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth I

The Virgin Queen
The Virgin Queen (BBC)
Elizabeth R
Elizabeth R
 (Amazon Instant Video)

The Supersizers go Elizabethan

Fire Over England -1937 movie

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Elizabeth the Golden Age
Elizabeth - The Golden Age 

Elizabeth I
Elizabeth I
Netflix

Beware Princess ElizabethBeware, Princess Elizabeth: A Young Royals Book

Good Queen Bess
Good Queen Bess : The Story of Elizabeth I of England

The Perilous gaurd

The Perilous Gard This is a fantasy story, not reality. However, it’s set in 1558.

 

BrainPOP
Queen Elizabeth I

1559

The Creation of Eve
The Creation of Eve
(About Sofonisba Anguissola in the Spanish Court of King Felipe II)

 

  A History of Britain
A History of Britain: The Body of the Queen 1558-1603
Netflix
 

 

1560        

Pieter Bruegel
Pieter Bruegel 

 
1561

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots

Biography: Mary, Queen of Scots: Heroine or Harlot (HULU)

Gunpowder, Treason & Plot – Mary Queen of Scotts (mini-series)

Mary Queen of Scots
Mary Queen of Scots
Netflix
Amazon

Mary Queen of Scots
Mary Queen of Scots and All That

Or

You Wouldn't want to be Mary, Queen of Scots
You Wouldn’t want to be Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots
Mary, Queen of Scots

HORRIBLE HISTORIES - Oh Yea! Magazine

 

1562  

 

 

Jodhaa Akbar
Jodhaa Akbar (Mughal empire in the 1500’s)

Netflix streaming
 

 

1563            
1564         The Stolen One
The Stolen One
 
1565 The Second Duchess
The Second Duchess
         
1566            
1567     Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Murder of Lord DarnleyMary, Queen of Scots, and the Murder of Lord Darnley      
1568 The Other Queen
The Other Queen
This book takes place from 1568 to 1587
Blood Between Queens
Blood Between Queens
       
1569      

 

   
1570 Sacred Hearts: A Novel
Sacred Hearts: A Novel
        BrainPOP
Iroquois Confederacy
1571            
1572 Queen Jezebel (Catherine De' Medici)
Queen Jezebel (Catherine De' Medici)

 

 

 

Jepp, Who Defied the Stars
Jepp, Who Defied the Stars

Johannes KeplerJohannes Kepler: Giant of Faith and Science (Sowers)

 
1573

      Meggy Swan
Alchemy and Meggy Swann
 
1574 Three Maids for a Crown: A Novel of the Grey SistersThree Maids for a Crown: A Novel of the Grey Sisters          
1575 The Midwife of Venice
The Midwife of Venice
         
1576

Equal of the Sun: A Novel
Equal of the Sun: A Novel

      Wicked WillWicked Will: A Mystery of Young William Shakespeare  
1577

 

 

 

   

Francis Drake
You Wouldn't Want to Explore With Sir Francis Drake!: A Pirate You'd Rather Not Know
Sir Francis Drake
Sir Francis Drake: Slave Trader and Pirate (Wicked History)

The Sea KingThe Sea King: Sir Francis Drake and His Times

El Greco
El Greco

 

 
1578            
1579            
1580

 

 

    The World of Captain John SmithThe World of Captain John Smith
Covers events from: 1580-1631
 
1581

 

    The SiegeThe Siege: Under Attack in Renaissance Europe  
1582


 

       
1583

 

     

Tibaldo and the Hole in the Calendar
Tibaldo and the Hole in the Calendar

Mission to Cathay
Mission to Cathay

 
1584

 

 

 

   

Sir Walter Ralegh
S ir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado

The Story of Sir Walter Raleigh
The Story of Sir Walter Raleigh
Free at the Baldwin Project

 
1585 The Spymaster's Daughter
The Spymaster's Daughter
         
1586

 

 

 

In Search of RoanokeThis is an old documentary from the late 70's or early 80's narrated by Leonard Nimoy. It's kind of cheesy with the old music and old video, but is still informative.

The Lost Colony of Roanoke
The Lost Colony Of Roanoke

Roanoke

Roanoke: The Lost Colony--An Unsolved Mystery from History This is a nicely illustrated picture book.

Cate of the Lost Colony
Cate of the Lost Colony

 

1587

 

 

   

Red Hugh
Red Hugh: Prince of Donegal (Living History Library) 

Sample pages
 
1588 Elizabeth I: A Novel
Elizabeth I: A Novel

 

 

Don Juan
Adventures of Don Juan

Amazon Instant Video
The film is also known as The New Adventures of Don Juan. Errol Flynn as Don Juan --- (This was Philip II of Spain's illegitimate son. Remember: It was Philip that continued to pursue the Spanish Inquisition in the Low Countries and sent the Spanish Armada to England in order to rid the land of Protestant "heretics")

Netflix streaming
 

 

1589  

 

       
1590 The Book of Madness and Cures: A Novel
The Book of Madness and Cures: A Novel
         
1591            
1592

 

 

 

 

  In Search of Shakespeare
In Search of Shakespeare

Netflix streaming
Amazon

Bard of Avon
Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Quill
Shakespeare’s Quill (library)-easier picture book

Shakespeare
Shakespeare His Work & His World

Tales from Shakespeare
Tales from Shakespeare
Free at Baldwin Project
Audio recording from LibriVox

 

BrainPOP

William Shakespeare (free)
1593  

 

       
1594  

 

       
1595  

 

    Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba, Angola, Africa, 1595
Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba, Angola, Africa, 1595
 
1596      

Merchant of Venice
Merchant of Venice

Netflix
 

 

1597            
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1599            
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