*Queen Elizabeth I
- Published: First Edition: Jonathan Cape 1934. Many subsequent editions.
- Details: Hard cover. 400pp. [Contents List]
- ISBN: 0712666117 (1998 Edition)
- Summary: Long held to be the definitive, comprehensive work on Elizabeth I’s reign.
*Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester
- Published: Cassell, London (1980)
- Details: Hardback. 259pp.
- ISBN: 0304304425
- Summary: Well-researched biography of Leicester providing a balanced assessment of the many intrigues involving Queen Elizabeth’s favourite, who was admired by some, but hated by many.
*Mr. Secretary Walsingham and the Policy of Queen Elizabeth
- Published: Oxford University Press 1925.
- Details: 3 Vols. Hard cover. 443pp, 433pp, ???pp.
- ISBN: 1593860005 (2003 Reprint)
- Contents: Vol I: Early life, French Embassy, Treaty of Blois, Massacre at St. Bartholomew’s, French Affairs, Dutch Affairs 1573-78, Embassy to the Low Countries. Vol II: Alencon, Scottish Affairs 1570-85, Catholics and Puritans, Plots and Counter Plots. Vol III: Babington Plot, Beginning of War 1584-6, Scotland and France 1585-8, Armada, Year after Armada, English Maritime Enterprise, Private Affairs.
*The Queen’s Agent: Francis Walsingham at the Court of Elizabeth I
- Published: Faber & Faber July 2012.
- Details: Paperback. 400pp.
- ISBN: 057121827X
- Reviews: History Today; LRB; Telegraph.
- Summary: Highly-acclaimed biography of Walsingham, and his role as ‘SpyMaster’ and protector of England’s protestant Queen.
The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I
- Published: Penguin June 2013.
- Details: Paperback. 416pp.
- ISBN: 0141043652
- Reviews: Guardian; Times HE.
- Summary: Generally well-researched study of Elizabethan plots, spies and informers, including Robert Poley. Marlowe’s death though referred to disappointingly as an “argument over a tavern bill”.
*God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England
- Author: Jessie Childs
- Published: Bodley Head 2014.
- Details: Hardback. 464pp.
- ISBN-10: 1847921566; ISBN-13: 978-1847921567
- Reviews: Guardian; Telegraph; FT; Spectator; London ES; New Statesman; Mathew Lyons.
- Summary: Meticulously researched and hugely readable view of the struggle of Catholics living in Elizabethan England based around the travails of the Vaux family.
God’s Secret Agents: Queen Elizabeth’s Forbidden Priests and the Hatching of the Gunpowder Plot
- Published: HarperCollins 2005.
- Details: Paperback. 464pp.
- ISBN-10: 0060542276; ISBN-13: 978-0060542276
- Reviews: Catholic Historical Review; Guardian; Telegraph.
- Summary: Exciting account of those Catholic priests working under cover in protestant England from the 1580’s to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
Mr. Secretary Cecil and Queen Elizabeth
- Published: Jonathan Cape 1955.
- Details: Hard cover. 510pp. [Extracts]
- ISBN: 0224610171 (1965)
- Contents: Queen of Scots (1570); Lord Burghley; Ridolfi Plot; French Marriage; Dutch Revolt; St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre; Scotland (1572-3); Anglican & Puritan; Theobalds; Huguenots; Low Countries (1576-8); Alencon; Jesuits; Low Countries (1581-4); Scotland (1581-5); Leicester; Mary Stuart’s End; Henry of Navarre; Peace Overtures; Armada; Essex; Attack on Puritanism; 1596; Last Days.
*A Survey of London
- Published: Sutton Publishing 2005.
- Details: Paperback. 442pp.
- ISBN: 0750942401
- Summary: A full edition of Stow‘s A Survey of London (1598), with a brief biography of the author, plus an introduction by .
Tudor England Observed: The World of John Stow
- Published: Sutton Publishing 1998.
- Details: Hard cover. 224pp.
- ISBN: 0750919434
- Summary: A view of Elizabethan life via extracts from Stow‘s Survey of London (1598)
Life in Elizabethan England
- Hardback: Batsford (1961) 176pp.; Book Club Associates (1973) 224pp.
- Paperback: John Jones Publishers (1998) 240pp.
- ISBN: 187108346X (Paperback)
- Summary: A scholarly & well-researched overview with plentiful illustrations. Covers: Court; Country & Town Life; Home Life; Church; Education; Arts & Pastimes; The Poor; Travel at Home & Abroad.
- Published: Phoenix Non-fiction/History.
- Details: Paperback (2004). 389pp.
- ISBN: 0753817578
- Summary: A fascinating and wide-ranging portrait of Elizabethan London and Londoners. Thoroughly researched but with an easy-going style, there’s an intriguing nugget on almost every page.
*The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England
- Published: Vintage 2012.
- Details: Paperback. 420pp.
- ISBN: 0099542072
- Reviews: Guardian; History Today; Independent.
- Summary: Well written and thoroughly researched travel guide to Elizabethan England, with fascinating details throughout of everyday life along with that of the rich and famous.
- * Recommended as indispensible reading.