Novels set in Tudor times

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By Julia Jarman and Alison Prince

Leaflet 1 features extracts from two historical novels. My Story – Anne Boleyn and Me by Alison Prince is the fictionalised diary-style account of an 11-year-old girl who witnesses events during the courtship and marriage of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. The Time-travelling Cat and the Tudor Treasure by Julia Jarman, details the adventures of Ka, a time-travelling cat and her modern day owner, Topher, who travel to Richmond in Tudor times in pursuit of the philosopher’s stone.


These teachers’ notes accompany the PRINT ONLY guided reading leaflet in Literacy Time PLUS Ages 9 to 11, July 2008

Before reading

  • Explore/explain the controversy surrounding the marriage of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII (see Leaflet 2).
  • Watch clips from films set in Tudor times, such as Shakespeare in Love or Elizabeth I (starring Helen Mirren).
  • Discuss the layout of each extract. Identify the text type and its typical features – eg, fiction text, paragraphs.
  • Identify the types of scenes, costumes, transport and street activity that might be seen in Tudor times. Would these lend themselves to descriptive prose?
  • Decide whether the descriptions of Anne and Elizabeth are likely to be complimentary considering the religious, gender and political issues at the time.
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  1. gazi
    on 15 February 2013


    one day in an old day there was a king call henry and a wife called catherine of aragon.Ones athur died henry cried so he had to marry catherine of aragon

  2. Paula @scholastic
    on 29 December 2009

    Back issues

    @juliac – You may be able to buy a back issue of Literacy Time PLUS Ages 9 to 11 July 2008. If you “email” they will let you know price and availability.

    If we’ve sold out of that issue we may be able to supply the leaflet online (copyright allowing).

  3. juliac
    on 29 December 2009

    PRINT ONLY guided reading leaf

    Where can I get a copy of this leaflet please? It sounds perfect for use in my literacy lesons. Many thanks. Julia.