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Invaluable and highly accessible - buy it!
on 16 August 2011
Tillbrook impressively manages to cover the entire reigns of Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I in less than 200 pages. The amount of detail is just right - despite being concise, there is enough information included in order to be able to pick and choose material to support one's own line of argument in an examination.
A short introduction to the textbook provides contextual information in order to familiarise readers with Tudor England; this is invaluable as it means students can gain a full understanding of the time period in order to be in the best position to answer examination questions. Historiography is excellently covered throughout the textbook and historians' quotes mean that students do not have to read dozens of other books! The conclusion is useful for considering the synoptic questions, as it provides broad summaries of the different areas of Elizabeth's reign, and evaluates her success generally as a monarch.
The chapters are based on the bullet-point lists of topics on the AQA syllabus, meaning that the textbook is very easy to follow in terms of examination purposes. Stylistically, the material is also very accessible, and each chapter contains side-notes providing context, interesting extra points and activities. Essay questions are also suggested throughout, and are very useful for exam preparation. Within each chapter the information is arranged thematically, reflecting areas examined, and timelines both at the beginning of and throughout the textbook help to organise this information chronologically.
Having read other textbooks which cover this time period, I can say that this one was definitely the best, and I would highly recommend it to other students.