• Gregory Cromwell: Two Portrait Miniatures by Hans Holbein the Younger

    Tudor Society member Teri Fitzgerald has kindly given me permission to share this article she wrote with Diarmaid MacCulloch for The Journal of Ecclesiastical History with Tudor Society members. A big thank you to Teri.

    “This paper presents a probable identification of not one but two portrait miniatures of Gregory Cromwell, only son of England’s only vice-gerent in spirituals, by Hans Holbein the Younger. The historical evidence has hitherto remained unconnected because of misunderstandings about Gregory’s age, which are clarified here, and also thanks to the unexpected modern locations of the two relevant miniatures.”

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  • 6 free Tudor e-books

    ebook covers Coming in September to the Tudor Society - 6 free Tudor e-books!

    Yes! Tudor Society members will be able to download e-books on each of the Tudor monarchs - Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey, Mary I and Elizabeth I. Each book will contain:

    • Brief bio of the monarch
    • List of primary sources
    • Recommended reading list
    • Family tree
    • A collection of articles on the monarch and their reign

    The books will be available in the following formats: kindle (mobi), EPUB and PDF.

    All six books will be free of charge to Tudor Society members. It's our little way of saying thank you for being a Tudor Society member.

  • This week in history 27 June – 3 July

    On this day in history events for 27th June to 3rd July.

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  • July Tudor Life Magazine Taster

    Tudor Life July 2016 is packed with 64 pages on Edward VI and the Tudor period … why not join the society to read more?

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  • July 2016 Tudor Life Magazine

    Interested in the life and reign of Edward VI, the boy king? This magazine is just for you. Also has an exclusive article about artist Levina Teerlinc.

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  • The Break with Rome Quiz

    On Friday 24th June 2016 the majority of British people voted to leave the European Union and this had been compared by some newspapers to Henry VIII’s Break with Rome. So, here you go, a Break with Rome quiz! Have fun and good luck!

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  • Coming in September!

    In this week’s Claire Chats, I talk about something we’ll be adding to the site in September, and, yes, I am going to be working hard in July and August!

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  • 24 June – The Feast of St John the Baptist and Midsummer’s Day

    Here in my area of rural Spain, the feast of St John, or San Juan as he is called here, is a special time. People gather on the night of 23rd at our local natural thermal pool and at midnight they all jump in (or get pushed in!). Like the baptisms that John the Baptist did, this is seen as symbolising the washing away of sins. Then, sardines are cooked on open fires. In coastal areas, sardines are cooked on bonfires on the beach, people jump over the fires for luck and then run into the sea at midnight.

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  • 23 June 1576 – Death of Levina Teerlinc

    Today marks the 440th anniversary of the death of Levina Teerlinc, painter and miniaturist, at Stepney. Originally from Bruges, Teerlinc, who was the daughter of Simon Benninck, a master illuminator, travelled to England in the 1540s. Teerlinc was court painter to Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I, and produced many paintings and miniatures.

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  • 22 June 1559 – Queen Elizabeth’s Prayer Book

    On this day in history, 22nd June 1559, Queen Elizabeth I’s Prayer Book was issued. This version of the Book of Common Prayer “was a conservative revision of the 1552 edition, with the effect of making it somewhat less “Protestant”.”

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