Of course, there are plenty of fictional tales surrounding this period. For those who don’t know, Philippa Gregory is one of the big names but I really don’t recommend her books for Tudor history lovers. Personally, I find that she takes too much artistic license by changing the history to fit her preferred storyline.
If you want a truly fictional “what if” story, I do recommend Laura Andersen’s Boleyn triology. She sets her stories in a world where Anne Boleyn did have a son, and it is all about the reign of Henry IX. Don’t do what I did and buy the wrong book first! The Boleyn King is the first one and The Boleyn Deceit the second!
For those who prefer the Elizabethan period, C. W. Gortner has written The Tudor Conspiracy: A Novel. It is actually set in the reign of Mary I, but it is part of the Elizabeth I spymaster chronicles that he has written. It’s full of intrigue and suspense, so great for the thriller and mystery lovers as well as Tudor lovers.
Victoria Lamb has another novel that is set in the time of Elizabeth I, The Queen’s Secret. This one really is during her reign, and surrounds Robert Dudley’s love of Elizabeth but relationship with Lettice Knollys. The Queen decides to hire a spy, who finds out that there is a conspiracy in the court to murder the Virgin Queen.