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Tudor Book of the Garden

A  beautiful journal combining gardening and Tudor history, which I co-authored with my Tudor Times colleague. It's definitely my personal favourite of the Tudor Times books, as I enjoy gardening.  Researching it was fascinating, and one day, I am going to try to have a Shakespeare Garden. 

The Tudor Book of the Garden is a beautifully designed, but practical, garden journal for the twenty-first century gardener, which also shares information about Tudor gardens and gardeners.

Tudor people from all ranks of society loved their gardens not just as providers of food, medicine and household necessities, but also as havens of peace and beauty, just as we do today, and the Tudor Book of the Garden will help you create your own Tudor garden.

  • Four seasons divided into months, each with Tudor and modern gardening tips and Tudor plants in bloom
  • The 100 essential plants that Tudor gardeners needed, with modern botanical names and space to record their presence in your garden
  • A list of all the plants named in Shakespeare with modern botanical names and space to record their presence in your garden
  • Lists of Tudor gardening tools and popular Tudor gardening books
  • Information on restored or recreated Tudor gardens to visit in the UK

All Melita’s Books

1000 Tudor People

Monarchs and magicians, politicians and philosophers, kings, criminals, musicians, and gardeners: learn about one thousand men and women from all walks of life who flourished during the Tudor period. 

The King’s Pearl

Henry VIII and his Daughter Mary

Mary Tudor has always been known as ‘Bloody Mary’, the name given to her by later Protestant chroniclers who vilified her for attempting to re-impose Roman Catholicism in England. Recently, more nuanced accounts of Mary's life have been written, but many now portray her as 'tragic' Mary, which is not necessarily a complete picture either. 

The House of Grey

Friends & Foes of Kings

The Grey family was one of mediaeval England’s most important dynasties, serving the kings of England as sheriffs, barons and military leaders from the reign of William the Conqueror.