Professors compile work on Tudor era

William Robison, head of Southeastern Louisiana University’s History and Political Science Department and Sue Parrill, professor emeritus and former head of Southeastern’s English Department, have co-authored a book about the Tudors, published by McFarland Publishing.

“ ‘The Tudors on Film and Television’ is a comprehensive filmography and historical analysis of films about the Tudor era that provides basic information about production, plots, and provenance for every item included, as well as an assessment of the aesthetic qualities, historicity, cultural significance, and potential usefulness in the classroom of each,” Robison said.

With its mix of family drama, sex and violence, Britain’s Tudor dynasty (1485-1603) has long excited the interest of filmmakers and moviegoers, Robison said. From royal biographies to period pieces to modern movies with flashbacks or time travel, the book reveals how these films both convey the attitudes of Tudor times and reflects the era in which they were made.

“To the extent that information is available, we discuss all films — fiction or non-fiction — that deal with the Tudors and their times: feature films, made-for-television films, mini-series, animated films, and shorts. This includes serious treatments of history as well as historical spoofs; adaptations of novels and plays; children’s educational programs, as well as pure children’s entertainment; foreign films and television programs; operas; episodes of situation comedies; and even science fiction.”

The $75 book is available through all major online booksellers and will be available in bookstores soon.