On this day in history, 31st January 1510, Queen Catherine of Aragon gave birth to a still-born daughter. Although she had lost her baby, Catherine’s abdomen stayed rounded and actually began to increase in size, leading her physicians to conclude that she was still pregnant with the twin of the baby she’d lost. This was not true.
I thought it would be interesting to share the primary source account of this event here.
Catherine of Aragon’s Stillbirth on 31 January 1510 – The Primary Source
On this day in history, 31st January 1510, Queen Catherine of Aragon gave birth to a still-born daughter. Although she had lost her baby, Catherine’s abdomen stayed rounded and actually began to increase in size, leading her physicians to conclude that she was still pregnant with the twin of the baby she’d lost. This was not true.[Read More...]
Video – Henry VIII’s Love Letters to Anne Boleyn – The Sweating Sickness Letter
In today’s Claire Chats video I talk about the contrast between the letter Henry VIII wrote to Anne Boleyn in June 1528, when he’d just found out that she’d come down with sweating sickness, and his other letters to her. I show photographs of those letters so you can see the difference Sandra Vasoli talked about in her recent talk.[Read More...]
Sneak peek – February 2015 Tudor Life Magazine
Want a sneak-peek into the February Tudor Life magazine? Here's your chance .. just click on the image below!
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Africans in Tudor and Stuart England by Conor Byrne
One often hears of the Tudor period being ‘done to death’. Historians have always revelled, and continue to do so, in studying this exciting and glamorous period, which saw monumental religious change, political development and cultural growth, and ordinary people worldwide cannot get enough of the Tudors, whether reading about them, watching historical films or visiting Tudor palaces. However, it cannot be denied that our obsession with the Tudors is very white-centred.[Read More...]
Tudor Life February 2015 – Lady Jane Grey Special!
Enjoy this amazing 82 page Lady Jane Grey Special Edition magazine.[Read More...]
Henry VII was born at Pembroke Castle on the 28th January 1457. His parents were the thirteen year-old Lady Margaret Beaufort and her husband Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond, who, unfortunately, had died of the plague three months before Henry’s birth.[Read More...]
Walter Cromwell – Just who was he?
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Windsor Castle by Sarah Bryson
Windsor Castle dates back to the time of William the Conqueror, who started building the Castle in 1070. Work was completed in 1086 and the great castle was built as a means to defend and secure the western path towards London. The castle was built on an earth mound which supported a keep and has an Upper and Lower Ward.[Read More...]
Sir Francis Drake
]On the 27th January 1596, Sir Francis Drake, explorer, sea captain and pirate, died of dysentery in Portobelo harbour, Panama. When he realised that death was near, he asked to be dressed in his armour. Although he requested burial on land, Drake was buried at sea in a lead coffin, along with his second cousin, Admiral Sir John Hawkins.
Here are some facts about Sir Francis Drake, the famous Elizabethan sailor and navigator…[Read More...]
Did Chapuys call Henry VIII a tyrant?
Thanks to a question from Tudor Society member Sharon I have been digging into what Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, said about Henry VIII’s serious jousting accident in January 1536: “[…] Thinks he might ask of fortune for what greater misfortune he is reserved, like the other tyrant who escaped from the fall of the house, in which all the rest were smothered, and soon after died.”[Read More...]
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Thomas Cromwell Mania
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Anyway, I thought I’d draw your attention to some articles about him and also some recommended reading on him.[Read More...]
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The Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) Conference 21-22 March 2015
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Wyatt’s Rebellion 1554
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22 January 1552 – Execution of Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset
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The Downfall of Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, by Alexander TaylorMargaret Plantagenet was born during one of the most unstable periods in English royal history. The daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, brother to King Edward IV, and Isabel Neville, daughter of the powerful Earl of Warwick, Margaret was destined for a future of privilege and power. She was born a Princess, into the royal house of Plantagenet, and, not having the benefit of hindsight, would never have guessed her Plantagenet blood would cause such a number of life changing events.
In 1478, her father Clarence was executed by her uncle the king on grounds of treason. By the tender age of 5, Margaret had lost both of her parents, and her future was uncertain. What would become of this young princess?
1485, the Battle of Bosworth. Richard III, the last Plantagenet king was defeated in battle by the Lancastrian Henry Tudor. Henry had now founded an entirely new dynasty, and sat on the throne as the first Tudor Monarch. Margaret must have felt insecure. She and her brother, Edward, were next in line to the throne through their Yorkist blood, which the new Tudor king was fully aware of. The young Edward of Warwick, younger brother of Margaret, was hastily detained and kept under house arrest before being incarcerated into the Tower of London. His claim to the throne made him too much of a threat to be freely living in society, therefore the new Tudor king had no alternative but to confine the young aristocrat. Henry arranged a series of clever marriages for the daughters of the previous king and also for Margaret. The Yorkist princesses were married off to allies of Henry, who he knew could be trustworthy, indeed ensuring the princesses did not marry men who could pose a threat to Henry’s throne. Margaret was paired with Sir Richard Pole, an unlikely match in status, Margaret being of royal birth and Richard only a member of the gentry, hardly a suitable match.
19 days to listen to an interview with historian Dr Elizabeth Goldring
Historian Dr Elizabeth Goldring, an expert on Robert Dudley from the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick, has recently participated in an interesting interview on BBC radio about some Warwickshire Tudor sites such as Kenilworth Castle. It's only online for just over two more weeks, so don't miss out listening to the recording:
Or listen here:
We're hoping to have either an expert chat or magazine article (or both) with Dr. Goldring, so watch out!
This week in history 19 – 25 January
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Thomas Cromwell Quiz
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17 January 1569 – Leicestershire woman gives birth to a cat?
On 17th January 1569, Agnes Bowker of Market Harborough, Leicestershire, allegedly gave birth to a cat. Events like this were seen as portents and so news of them spread like wildfire through pamphlets.[Read More...]
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Welcome on board Conor Byrne and Alexander Taylor!
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16 January 1549 – Thomas Seymour tries to kidnap Edward VI
On this day in history, 16th January 1549, Edward VI’s uncle, Thomas Seymour, was alleged to have broken into the King’s apartments at Hampton Court Palace to kidnap the young King. As he entered the royal residence, it is said that he disturbed the King’s beloved spaniel who started barking at him. In panic, Seymour is said to have shot the dog, a noise which alerted one of the guards who then apprehended Seymour.[Read More...]
Transcript of livechat with Sandra Vasoli about the Vatican Archives
We had a wonderful live-chat session with author Sandra Vasoli (author of “Je Anne Boleyn”) last night. The questions were coming in thick-and-fast and Sandra had some amazing additional stories to tell us about her visit to the Vatican Archives to see the love letters of Henry VIII.[Read More...]