'In Search of History' is a well established and trusted series which covers British history from early times through to the twentieth century. The material is presented in an enjoyable way and contains a unique blend of social and political history. The author has produced a lively and easy-to-read narrative that is accessible to a wide range of pupils. Extensive use is made of contemporary illustrative sources as well as line drawings, diagrams and cartoons which have been specially selected to stimulate interest and curiosity. Where appropriate, there are evidence sections, using written and visual evidence. Graded questions based on the text and evidence are also included to test pupils' historical skills. This text examines the major historical events that occurred during the reigns of the Tudor and Stuart monarchies, and the everyday lives of the people who lived during this period. Key events such as the Spanish Armada, the Gunpowder Plot, the Civil War, the Plague and the Great Fire are given in-depth coverage. Throughout, the pupil activities promote an understanding of the important issues and develop their historical skills.