• Tudor Cooking with Claire – Soul Cakes

    As today is Halloween and it was traditional for medieval people to go “souling” at Hallowtide, I thought I’d make soul cakes. Mine are a bit more like soul “cookies” as I rolled them quite thin, but I hope you enjoy my video and why don’t you try out the recipe?

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  • Medieval Ghost Stories

    In today’s Claire Chats Halloween special Claire shares some traditional medieval ghosts stories.

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  • 30 October 1485 – Henry VII is crowned king

    On 30th October 1485, Henry Tudor, 2nd Earl of Richmond and son of Lady Margaret Beaufort and the late Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond, was crowned King Henry VII at Westminster Abbey.

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  • Sir Walter Ralegh

    Here is a brief bio or factfile of Sir Walter Ralegh, the famous Elizabethan explorer:

    Birth – c1552, perhaps 22nd January, in East Budleigh, Devon, England.

    Parents – Walter Ralegh and Catherine Champernowne, niece of Kat Ashley, governess and friend of Elizabeth I. Catherine was married twice and Ralegh’s father (also Walter) was her second husband.

    Siblings – Ralegh’s mother had sons from her first marriage and from her second marriage, a total of five. Three of Ralegh’s half-brothers were prominent at the Elizabethan and Stuart Court – John, Humphrey and Adrian Gilbert. His brother, Carew Ralegh, was also prominent.

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  • Eat, drink, and be merry – A virtual exhibition

    Thank you to our art historian Melanie V. Taylor for letting me know about this wonderful virtual exhibition which has been designed to complement “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance”, an exhibition organized by the Manuscripts Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles which is on now and which runs until 3rd January 2016.

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  • Taster: November 2015 Magazine

    TASTER FOR NON MEMBERS: This November we’re all thinking about … deaths. From plague to executions, death was all around in the Tudor era. You’ll learn things that you maybe didn’t even want to think about in this month’s magazine! Below is a taster for you to get your teeth into. You have been warned!

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  • November 2015 Tudor Life Magazine

    The Tudors thought about death around the start of November, and so for this month’s magazine we’re doing the same. You’ll be fascinated by the detailed articles we’ve put together for you to enjoy… though some are a little bit gruesome – be warned!

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  • Desiderius Erasmus: An Exceptional Mind by Heather R. Darsie

    Erasmus: his name is synonymous with humanism, education and intelligence. Across Northern Europe several Erasmus programs exist at universities, so students may pursue their studies at multiple universities and in multiple languages. During his lifetime, Erasmus corresponded with such notable people as Sir Thomas More and John Colet. Erasmus assisted Hans Holbein in his quest to move to England, and advised Anne of Cleves’s father when he was writing religious tolerance laws.

    Desiderius Erasmus was born on 27 or 28 October 1466 or 1467* in Rotterdam, Netherlands. His exact date of birth is not known. The second son and an illegitimate child of his father, a priest, and mother, a physician’s daughter, Erasmus was sent to school at the age of five. In about 1484, when Erasmus was approximately eighteen years of age, his parents both died of plague. Erasmus’s three guardians sent Erasmus and his brother to a new, more conservative school run by the Brethren of the Common Life. There, Erasmus studied Latin and Christian theology.

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  • This week in history 26 October – 1 November

    On this day in history dates for 26th October to 1st November.

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  • Bibles and Bible Translators Quiz

    How much do you know about the Bible translators and Bibles of the Tudor period? Test your knowledge with this fun quiz.

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