If you are anything like me, you can remember a hundred details from a novel, but no facts and figures from lectures you were meant to learn. So I like to try and combine reading and learning where I can.
I have been reading Phillipa Gregories series about the Cousin’s Wars- the Red Queen, the White Queen etc. And I realised that they flow on from some of the Shakespeare plays I was looking at last year. So I thought, why don’t we try to link them up and get a reading/watching list that can take you through the history of English Royalty in a more enjoyable way.
There are multiple authors who have covered the Tudors, so I have just put in Phillipa Gregory’s books and a couple movies. If you have another preference, you can pick a different author and read their series in order too.
If anyone knows any good books, tv shows or movies that cover the other monarchs, comment below and I will put them in.
(Sh=Shakespeare, PG= Philippa Gregory)
|Name and Dynasty||Accession||Death||Books, Plays Tv shows|
|The House of Normandy|
(William the Conqueror)
(William Rufus). Buried at Winchester.
|The House of Plantagenet|
(Richard Coeur de Lion)
(of Magna Carta fame)
|1199||1216||King John- Sh|
|Richard II||1377||Dep. 1399||Richard II -Sh|
|The House of Lancaster|
|Henry IV||1399||1413||Henry IV- part 1 & 2- Sh|
|Henry V||1413||1422||Henry V -Sh|
|Henry VI||1422||Dep. 1461||Henry VI- part 1,2,3 Sh
Lady of the Rivers-PG
|The House of York|
|Edward IV||1461||1483||The White Queen-PG
The Red Queen-PG
Richard III- Sh
|The House of Tudor|
|Henry VII||1485||1509||The White Princess- PG|
|1509||1547||The Constant Princess- PG
The Other Boleyn Girl-PG
The Boleyn Inheritance -PG
The Tudors (TV)
|Edward VI||1547||1553||The Queen’s Fool-PG|
|Mary I||1553||1558||The Virgin’s Lover -PG|
|Elizabeth I||1558||1603||The Other Queen- PG
Elizabeth- the Golden Age (movie)
|The House of Stuart|
|James I (VI of Scotland)||1603||1625|
|Charles I||1625||Beheaded. 1649|
|Commonwealth declared 19th May 1649. Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector, 1653-58. Richard Cromwell, Lord Protector, 1658-59|
|Charles II||(restored 1660) 1649||1685|
|James II (VII of Scotland)||1685|| Deposed 1688.
|William III and Mary II
Prince of Orange.
|The House of Hanover|
|Victoria||1837||1901||The young Victoria (movie)|
|The House of Saxe-Coburg|
|The House of Saxe-Coburg
The House of Windsor – From 1917
|George V||1910||28th January 1936|
|Edward VIII||1936||Abdicated 1936||W.E (movie)|
|George VI||1936||6th February 1952||The King’s Speech (movie)|
|Elizabeth II||6th Feb 1952
2nd June 1953
|Whom God||The Crown (Tv)
The Queen (movie)