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John Hooper

Tudor Bishop and Martyr c. 1495 - 1555
David Newcombe

ISBN 978-1-85944 -006-3      400 pages      Paperback £25
Published September 2009

Forthcoming Monographs

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The Cider Excise Crisis

Patrick Woodland

Preface by Dr Perry Gauci, Fellow and Tutor of Lincoln College and Lecturer University of Oxford.

ISBN 978 1 85944 984 4

The image to the left is on the front cover of The Cider Excise Crisis and is
© The National Portrait Gallery,

William de Longchamp

David Balfour

Henry VIII & Cardinal Wolsey:
The Tudor Court & Royal Progresses

Neil Samman

The Arts Restored
Patronage and Portraiture in the Reign of Charles II

Stephen Gleissner

Coram Rege Rolls Elizabeth I

The Tudor Court

4th edn.
David Loades

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Ladies of the Tudor Court

Jenny Rowley Williams
Publication date to be announced

ISBN 978-1-85944-997-4         Hardback £25

Jane Rochford wife to the much-maligned George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford, and sister-in-law to the ill-fated Anne Boleyn was executed for her complicity in the adultery of Henry VIII's fifth queen, Catherine Howard.

Mary Talbot daughter of the Earl of Shrewsbury, married Henry Percy - perhaps more famous for his relationship with Anne Boleyn. He became the sixth earl of Northumberland in 1527. Both Henry and Mary had health problems but this chapter looks at other suggestions as to why this was such a deeply unhappy and tortured marriage.

Susan Clarentius, ‘Mrs Clarentius' took her title as the wife of a senior Herald. She served Mary Tudor when she was princess and as Queen Mary I. After that she served Jane Dormer, Countess Feria and moved with her first to The Netherlands and finally to Spain.

Honor Lady Lisle was also close to Anne Boleyn. She was wife to Arthur, Governor of Calais. Honor herself was sufficiently important to be much sought for her influence in patronage and her life and times are reflected in the Lisle Letters.

Sabine Johnson was not at court though her husband, John, looked for patronage from both Cecil and Walsingham. John was a merchant and the successes and failures of their lives are recorded over a ten-year period.

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False, Fleeting, Perjur'd Clarence

George, Duke of Clarence 1449-1478
2nd Edition

Michael Hicks
Publication date to be announced

ISBN 978-1-85944-014-8    200 pages    Hardback £25

George, Duke of Clarence was brother to two kings, Edward IV whose heir he was, and Richard III whose loyalty provided such a contrast to that of Clarence. Against the wishes of the king, Clarence married Isobel who was the daughter of the Earl of Warwick (Warwick the Kingmaker). They had two children, Edward, Earl of Warwick who was imprisoned and executed by Henry VII, and Margaret, Countess of Salisbury who met a similar fate under Henry VIII. Clarence's historical legacy is very largely that presented in Shakespeare's play Richard III. Michael Hicks examines Clarence as a conventional magnate but temperamentally unsuited for the position which his royal blood assigned to him.

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Lloyd George and the Lost Peace

From Versailles to Hitler, 1919-1940
Tony Lentin

ISBN 978-1-85944-285 2          Paperback     £15

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Ethics
Harold Lockley

ISBN 978 1 85944 009 4               £15

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was writing some seventy years ago when Germany was the victim of an evil and alien regime. His Ethics reflects his life as a Lutheran pastor, theologian, ecumenist, resistance leader and conspirator. As Harold Lockley points out, these were activities which eventually resulted in his death on the scaffold. The Ethics was begun in 1939 and his arrest some four years later prevented its completion. The political agony of Germany is central to the work Everything established is threatened with annihilation. This is not a crisis among other crises. It is a decisive struggle of the last days... For Bonhoeffer the political situation under the Nazi party was one in which ethical and moral attitudes were of paramount importance and he regretted that so few of his contemporaries showed any taste for ethics when the need was so clearly present. Bonhoeffer lived as he believed and his approach was to throw himself into the thick of the troubles and by thought and example try to re-shape the tragedy that was Germany.

Harold Lockley's research on Bonhoeffer was very largely carried out at Emmanuel College Cambridge,UK. Through his marriage into the Bonhoeffer family the author had an important opportunity to discuss and reflect and this distinguished book is the fruit of his study.

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The Tudor Navy

David Loades

ISBN 0-85967-922-5         Hardback     £15

Out of print but some copies still available.

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The Tudor Court

David Loades
Professor Emeritus, University of Wales
Member of the History Faculty, University of Oxford

ISBN 978-1-85944-013-1      3rd edition 2003      Paperback £15

First published by Batsford in 1986 this book went through two revised editions with Headstart History and the Davenant Press.

In looking at the court we see themes of perpetual conflict between the need for magnificence and the danger of runaway costs.. demands of patronage and access on the one hand and the need for control and security on the other. The Tudor monarchy was more institutionalised than most…but remained a personal monarchy in the flamboyant renaissance mode … the court remained the epicenter of politics, fashion and fortune….the centre of government and policy making.

(Illustration by kind permission of The National Archives, Kew)

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Word and Worship

Edited by
David Loades
Preface by
Gerald Bonner

ISBN 978 1 85944 237 1               £15


Preface: Gerald Bonner: Dedication to Margot Johnson
Introduction: David Loades: The English Reformation

Part I: The English Bible

S.A.J Bradley: The Great Duty: Anglo-Saxon poetic mediation of the Scriptures
David Loades: Thomas Cranmer and the Great Bible
David Loades: The Bible Established, 1558-1620
Gordon Jackson: Second Thoughts: Revising the translation of Early English Printed Bibles, 1525-2540

Part II: The Prayer Book

Alan Bartlett: How protestant was Cranmer's 1552 Prayer Book?
David Loades: The revision of the Prayer Book in 1552
Bridget Nichols: Intolerable Burdens: the anxiety of influence & the Prayer Book tradition
J.R. Watson : George Herbert: rhetoric and the Book of Common Prayer

Part III: The Durham Connection

James Thompson: Durham College: the aborted Protestant seminary
Jane Freeman: The Parochial Ministry in the Diocese of Durham in the early seventeenth century
H.J. Smith: "The Rough Hewers": the preaching ministry of Richard Rothwell and Anthony Lapthorne in County Durham
P.G. Stanwood: Lives of Devotion: the Correspondence of Isaac Basire and Frances Corbett, 1635-1660 Simon Anderson: Excessive Music: a discussion of music inspired by the ideas of John Cosin both at Durham cathedral and at Peterhouse, Cambridge


Brian Spinks: The Westminster Confession: the "bastard child" of the Church of England

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