The huge array of Tudor books and biographies that are on the market today are great for us Tudor fans but there is nothing quite like reading primary sources and, now, you don’t even have to go to the British Library or National Archives to read historical documents, you can read them from the comfort of your favourite armchair – perfect for insomniacs!

Specific Topics

British History Online have put together some lists of primary sources for topics pertaining to Henry VIII, see timeline and topics at

1509 Marriage to Catherine of Aragon

1520 Field of Cloth of Gold

1521 Defender of the Faith

Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn’s Execution