Eyewitness accounts of people, Events, Information & Facts
Primary sources are important historical documents which allow readers an unparalleled glimpse into the past. They are written from the perspective of a participant or observer and can include letters, speeches, diary / journal entries, and manuscripts.
The sources at this page represent a unique opportunity to view Tudor England through the eyes of its inhabitants. They are arranged in chronological order.
1509 Henry VII’s obituary
1500s the lyrics of Henry VIII
1505-1547 Letters of the Six Wives of Henry VIII
1523 the romance of Anne Boleyn & Henry Percy
Also describes the beginning of Henry VIII’s infatuation with Anne.
1536 letter of Princess Mary to Henry VIII
Mary acknowledges her illegitimacy and Henry’s title as head of the English church.
1539 Anne of Cleves arrives in England & marries Henry VIII
Describes the first meeting between Anne and Henry.
1549-1551 Edward VI’s journal
1554 letter of Lady Jane Grey to Mary I
Jane explains the circumstances which led to her becoming queen for nine days.
Are you quoting a Primary Source in your paper, or research project?
The correct format is based upon both the Turabian/Chicago and MLA styles. Here is an example:
Hanson, Marilee. “Contemporary Descriptions of Anne Boleyn.” EnglishHistory.net. 2004. https://englishhistory.net/tudor/anne-boleyn-physical-description/l (11 April 2004).
Please note: you must use the year and date you read the source here.
*Memoirs / autobiographies are not considered primary sources. They are typically written after the fact and bad memories, bias, or a change in perspective can limit their reliability. Newspapers and magazine articles are considered primary sources if the piece is written directly after the event and does not include any ‘analysis’ or subjective reporting.
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Link will appear as Hanson, Marilee. "Tudor England Primary Sources" https://englishhistory.net/tudor/primary/, March 4, 2015