The Tudor Society
  • 14 January

    In today’s “on this day in Tudor history video”, I talk about Queen Elizabeth I’s coronation procession from the Tower of London to Westminster, an event that took place on this day in 1559.

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  • In memory of Anne Clinard Barnhill

    This time last year, Anne Clinard Barnhill, author of “At the Mercy of the Queen”, “Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter” and several other books, was our expert speaker. She gave us a demonstration of Tudor clothing, actually dressing herself, and talking to us about Tudor clothing and socio-economic status, culture and symbolism. It was a wonderful talk given by a lady who was passionate about the subject.

    Sadly, Anne passed away yesterday. I’d never met her but I’d known her in a ‘virtual’ sense since the first days of the Anne Boleyn Files. She was a beautiful person through and through, a wonderful novelist, and a huge support and encouragement to me personally and to many others in the online Tudor history world. Anne will be truly missed.

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  • 13 January

    It was risky being close to an increasingly paranoid king and Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, paid for it with his life. In today’s video, I talk about Surrey’s trial which took place on this day in 1547.

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  • Catherine of Aragon – True or false quiz

    How much do you know about Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII? Test yourself with this fun Sunday quiz. Good luck!

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  • 12 January

    Let me tell you all about King Henry VIII’s first joust as king, which happened at Richmond Park on 12th January 1510.

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  • 11 January

    On this day in 1569, the first recorded lottery was drawn in England. Find out all about it in today’s video.

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  • Blessed William Carter – Claire Chats video

    It’s not unusual for my interest to be piqued when I’m going through my list of “on this day” events, and today it was William Carter’s execution, on 11th January 1584, which made me want to dig a bit deeper into his story.

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  • Project Grey Noise – An audio drama about Lady Jane Grey

    Michael Bayus is the writer, producer and director/actor of an audio drama about Lady Jane Grey which he describes as “27 plays that are told in sound only”. Michael’s goal in producing his drama “is to remember the Lady Jane Grey as she wanted to be remembered”. He goes on to say:

    “In my story, Lady Jane is trapped in the 21st century, but willingly. Because she knows that in order to affect change, and to accomplish her goal, she must act. It’s hard for her, because she knows that if she were to tell people that she really is Lady Jane Grey from 1554, people would think she is crazy. So she plays Miss Jane Dudley, and she oversees an exhibit about herself and dresses up in Tudor costume, and enjoys being herself twice a day, morning and afternoon) for her show….

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  • Ellys Manor House – The Art of Recognition

    Thank you to Clive Taylor of Ellys Manor House for this guest article. Please do consider signing one of the petitions to help Clive and Ellys Manor House.

    Ellys Manor House (pronounced Ellis, affectionately referred to as EMH), is without doubt one of the United Kingdom’s most significant historic buildings. Historic notes credit Anthony Ellys, a rich English wool merchant of the Staple of Calais, as builder of the house and the adjacent church tower in the late medieval/early Tudor period.

    The architectural language of this unique and magical building fully encapsulates Early Modern European, British and Hanseatic League history, a testament to the Northern Renaissance. Yet today, the building goes unnoticed, even by some scholars.

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  • Blue teeth prove that a medieval woman was involved in illumination

    Thank you so much to my friend Sara for sharing this news with me on social media, I just love this type of discovery.

    The remains of a woman who died between 997 and 1162 and who was buried in a German graveyard were examined by scientists. They found brilliant blue flecks in the tartar of her teeth and analysis showed that these flecks were lapis lazuli, a vivid blue semi-precious stone that was ground up and used as a pigment, ultramarine, by those involved in making illuminated manuscripts. The pigment was expensive, being worth more than gold.

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  • Informal live chat tomorrow (11 January) – Mary I

    Our very first informal live chat of 2019 takes place in the Tudor Society chatroom tomorrow, 11th January. The topic is Mary I, one of the Tudor Marys featured in this month’s edition of Tudor Life magazine and also the topic of Samantha Wilcoxson’s expert talk. Samantha’s live chat is taking place on 25th January, so save your questions for her until then, but the informal live chat is an opportunity for us to debate Mary I and her reign. We can discuss her reputation, her background, her life, her reign etc. and we can also share book recommendations, documentary/film recommendations, and just talk Tudor.

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  • 10 January

    In today’s “on this day in Tudor history” video, I read an excerpt from my book about Margaret of Austria, Governor of the Netherlands, who was born on 10th January 1480.

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  • For your security – A+ Rating!

    Your personal information is extra-safe as we now get an A+ rating from Qualys SSL labs. Great news for you and for us!

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  • 9 January

    Warning: In today’s “on this day in Tudor history” video, I do describe what being hanged, drawn and quartered involved so feel free to fast forward that bit!

    Today’s “on this day” is about the executions of two of the men involved in the alleged Exeter Conspiracy of 1538. I hope you enjoy it.

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  • 8 January

    Time for another of my “on this day in Tudor history videos”! I do hope you’re enjoying them. I thought they’d be a change from my usual “this week in history” posts. By the way, if you don’t want the audio turned on or you prefer to read, you can switch on CC (closed captions/subtitles) by clicking on the settings ‘cog’ icon. The subtitles aren’t perfect but they’re pretty good.

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  • Livechat transcript – Gareth Russell – Catherine Howard

    As part of our open weekend event, Gareth Russell joined us in the chatroom. Gareth is most definitely an expert on Catherine Howard, so we were thrilled to be able to grill him with questions about the subject!

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  • Livechat Transcript – Kate Cole – Tudor Witches

    We had an incredibly interesting live chat with Kate Cole discussing the witches and witchfinders of Essex. All were touched by how sad some of the stories of those executed as witches were. Thanks to all who joined us at this chat.

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  • Livechat transcript – Claire Ridgway – Interrogations of 1541

    Here’s the transcript of our great livechat event with Claire Ridgway where we were discussing the interrogations of those surrounding Catherine Howard when she fell in 1541. It was a fascinating chat!

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  • Making Tudor History Interesting for Young People

    Student and avid history fan, Emma Casson, is 18 years old and lives in the Netherlands. She contacted us as she wanted to share her experiences of learning about the Tudors and what she feels could be done to help history to flourish in the education system. Over to Emma…

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  • The 400th anniversary of the burial of Nicholas Hilliard, and Hilliard book news!

    On this day in history, 7th January 1619, Nicholas Hilliard, the famous Elizabethan goldsmith and miniaturist, was buried at the parish church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. This means that it’s the 400th anniversary of his burial!

    Hilliard is known for his beautiful portrait miniatures of the English court in the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I, and his paintings of Elizabeth I: the “Pelican” portrait and the “Phoenix” portrait.

    Hilliard is a fascinating man and artist, and he is the subject of Dr Elizabeth Goldring’s new book, which is due to be released by Yale University Press on 12th February. Its title is Nicholas Hilliard: Life of an Artist and here is the blurb

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  • 7 January

    In today’s “on this day in Tudor history”, I talk about the death of Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII.

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  • 6 January

    Happy Epiphany! In today’s “on this day in Tudor history” video, I talk about the wedding of Anne of Cleves and Henry VIII, an event that took place on this day in 1540.

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  • Witches and Witchcraft Crossword Puzzle

    Today’s Sunday fun is a crossword puzzle to test your knowledge on witches and witchcraft.

    If you haven’t listened to Kate Cole’s excellent expert talk on the subject then you might want to listen to that first…

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  • 5 January

    On this day in Tudor history, 5th January 1531, the Pope got rather cross with Henry VIII. Find out why in my video.

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  • 4 January

    Today’s “on this day in Tudor history” video is about William Roper, son-in-law of Sir Thomas More.

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  • Gibraltar – the key between these our kingdoms in the Eastern and Western Seas

    Tim and I had twenty-four hours in Gibraltar between Christmas and New Year so I thought I’d share with you some information about its history, as well as some photos.

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  • 3 January

    In today’s “on this day in Tudor history” video, Claire looks at 3rd January 1540 and 1541 and examines how different they were for Anne of Cleves.

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  • This month’s Live Chats – 4, 11 and 25 January

    I just wanted to remind you about January's live chats for Tudor Society members.

    Our expert speaker for December was historian Kate Cole. Her talk was about witches in Elizabethan and Stuart Essex, a fascinating topic. Kate will be joining us in the chatroom tomorrow (Friday 4th January) to answer your questions in a live chat session. If you haven't watched her video talk yet, you can view it at

    Our live chats take place in the Tudor Society chatroom at

    Here are the times for Kate's chat in different time zones:

    • London, UK - Friday 4th January at 11pm
    • Madrid, Spain - Saturday 5th January at 12am
    • New York, USA - Friday 4th January at 6pm
    • Los Angeles, USA - Friday 4th January at 3pm
    • Sydney, Australia - Saturday 5th January at 10am
    • Adelaide, Australia - Saturday 5th January at 9.30am

    Our expert speaker for this month is Samantha Wilcoxson, author of The Plantagenet Embers series of historical novels. Her talk is on Mary I, the subject of her novel Queen of Martyrs: The Story of Mary I and you can catch her talk at Samantha will be joining us in the chatroom on 25th January.

    Here are the times in different time zones:

    • London, UK - Friday 25th January at 11pm
    • Madrid, Spain - Saturday 26th January at 12am
    • New York, USA - Friday 25th January at 6pm
    • Los Angeles, USA - Friday 25th January at 3pm
    • Sydney, Australia - Saturday 26th January at 10am
    • Adelaide, Australia - Saturday 26th January at 9.30am

    Our informal live chat in January is also on Mary I and will give you chance to share your views on the woman who has gone down in history as "Bloody Mary". That chat will take place on 11th January.

    Here are the times in different time zones:

    • London, UK - Friday 11th January at 11pm
    • Madrid, Spain - Saturday 12th January at 12am
    • New York, USA - Friday 11th January at 6pm
    • Los Angeles, USA - Friday 11th January at 3pm
    • Sydney, Australia - Saturday 12th January at 10am
    • Adelaide, Australia - Saturday 12th January at 9.30am

    I do hope you can come to our chats, they're always fun and it's so good to talk Tudor.

  • 2 January

    What happened on 2nd January in the Tudor period? Here is today’s “on this day in Tudor history” video.

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  • Expert Talk – Mary I – Samantha Wilcoxson

    Our expert speaker this month wants us to re-examine our thoughts and beliefs about Mary I. Samantha Wilcoxson is the author of many books about the Tudors, and her talk is an excellent reminder that we must continually look at the facts in history.

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