Were you inspired by the events at the Tudors & Stuarts History Weekend? Or maybe you missed out, and want to find out more… The CCCU Bookshop have created a list of recommended reads from the weekend, here are the top 4:

Six Tudor Queens: Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets- Alison Weir

Acclaimed, bestselling historian Alison Weir draws on new evidence to conjure a startling image of Anna as you’ve never seen her before. A charming, spirited woman, she was loved by all who knew her – and even, ultimately, by the King who rejected her. To find out more, click here.

Black Tudors- Miranda Kaufmann

A black porter publicly whips a white Englishman in the hall of a Gloucestershire manor house. A Moroccan woman is baptised in a London church. Henry VIII dispatches a Mauritanian diver to salvage lost treasures from the Mary Rose. From long-forgotten records emerge the remarkable stories of Africans who lived free in Tudor England… To find out more, click here.

Stone on Stone: The Men Who Built The Cathedrals- Imogen Corrigan

Standing in the nave of a cathedral, it is hard not to wonder how ordinary human beings could have created sky-scraping, dizzyingly high buildings on which even the top-most parts were delicately decorated, in an age before even the simplest of power tools. Stone on Stone presents the full story of the men who built the cathedrals of the medieval era: who they were, how they lived and how with the simplest of hand tools they created the astonishing buildings that hundreds of years later still stand as monuments to their ingenuity and skill. For more information, click here.

Elizabeth I (Penguin Monarchs): A Study in Insecurity- Helen Castor

Part of the Penguin Monarchs series: short, fresh, expert accounts of England’s rulers in a collectable format. In the popular imagination, as in her portraits, Elizabeth I is the image of monarchical power. But the image is also armour. In this illuminating new account of Elizabeth’s reign, Helen Castor shows how England’s iconic queen was shaped by profound and enduring insecurity-an insecurity which was both a matter of practical political reality and personal psychology. To find out more, click here.

Don’t forget that you can easily browse the CCCU Bookshop’s wide collection of books online at https://bookshop.canterbury.ac.uk, as well as merchandise and gifts! And if you haven’t already, make sure you check out the bookshop in person, where you can now use your student card to purchase books! Find out more by clicking here.