• 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.

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  • Live Chat Reminder – Sandra Vasoli on Henry VIII’s Love Letters to Anne Boleyn

    Sandi Vasoli Just a quick reminder that author Sandra Vasoli will be live in The Tudor Society chatroom this evening to answer your questions on her novel Je Anne Boleyn and the recent talk she gave Tudor Society members.

    As part of the research for her book, Sandi visited the Vatican Archives to see the original letters that Henry VIII wrote to Anne Boleyn while they were courting. She goes into detail on this visit in her talk, sharing the experience of actually holding the letters, and what she could tell about Henry's state of mind by the way the letters were written. It's a fascinating talk so do listen to it - click here to listen to it now.

    The live chat session with Sandi will be tonight at 6pm EST(11pm UK, midnight Central European Time, 3pm PST). I look forward to seeing you on the chatroom. Remember, one lucky chatter will win a copy of Sandi's novel.

    Note: You need to be a Tudor Society member to hear the monthly talks and take part in the live chat sessions.

  • Expert Talk: Sandra Vasoli on the Love Letters of Henry VIII

    The expert speaker for January is Sandi Vasoli, author of “Je Anne Boleyn”. Sandi speaks of her visit to the Vatican Archives to see the original letters which Henry VIII wrote to Anne Boleyn while they were courting.

    This talk goes into her visit, the experience of actually holding the letters, and what she could tell about Henry’s state of mind by the way the letters were written. It’s a fascinating talk!

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  • 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.

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  • November 2014 Magazine

    Enjoy the November 2014 Tudor Life Magazine with guest articles from Leanda de Lisle, Sandra Vasoli, Beth von Staats and Roland Hui, PLUS all of our regular columnists and articles.

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  • Members’ book recommendations

    Thank you so much to those of you who completed our recent survey about Tudor books.

    We already have recommended reading lists for Tudor monarchs and various Tudor topics – see the Recommended Reading category, but I thought it would be good to make a list of books that Tudor Society members would recommend, and here it is. Please do leave a comment if you’d like to recommend some books and I can then add them to the list – thank you!

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  • Schedule of Events

    This page will be updated regularly with forthcoming expert talks and magazine topics.

    Month Magazine Topic Guest Speaker Expert Topic Informal Live Chat
    July 2017 Tudor Places and Stately Homes Gareth Russell The Rise of the Howard Dynasty Tudor portraiture
    August 2017 Everyday Life Lauren Browne Rivals and Mistresses Tudor food and recipes
    September 2017 Catherine of Aragon Elizabeth Norton The Seymour Scandal Catherine of Aragon and the annulment
    October 2017 Portraits, artists and actors Nathen Amin Henry Tudor - Exile to King The Shakespeare authorship question
    November 2017 Ladies-in-waiting Julian Humphries, Battlefields Trust Tudor Battles Ladies-in-waiting
    December 2017 Martyrdrom in the Tudor era Sandra Vasoli and James Peacock The History of Thornbury Castle Christmas party
    January 2018 TBC Anne Barnhill Tudor clothing and socio-economic status, culture and symbolism Henry VIII - Tyrant?
    February 2018 TBC Natalie Grueninger The Medieval Manor House Mary I
    March 2018 TBC Lauren Browne Rivals and mistresses: Rosamund Clifford Elizabeth I - Virgin Queen?
    April 2018 TBC Lauren Browne Rivals and mistresses: Jane Shore and the House of York Lady Jane Grey
    May 2018 TBC Lissa Bryan Anne Boleyn Anne Boleyn
    June 2018 TBC Lauren Browne England's Medieval Queens: Rivals and Mistresses - Jane Shore and the House of York (Part 3) TBC
    July 2018 TBC Kate COle The Witches of Elizabeth and Steward Essex TBC
    Month Magazine Topic Guest Speaker Expert Topic Informal Live Chat

    Each expert speaker does a talk for us and then a live chat session in the chatroom later that month. We also have informal live chat sessions in the chatroom each month to discuss Tudor topics.

  • Happy Birthday Henry VIII!

    To celebrate the anniversary of Henry VIII’s birth on this day in history, 28th June 1491, I thought I’d give you some links to some talks, articles and resources on this iconic king. Happy 526th birthday to King Henry VIII.

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  • 21 April 1509 – The accession of Henry VIII

    On the 21st April 1509, following the death of his father, Henry VII, seventeen-year-old Henry VIII became king. His accession was greeted with joy. The Spanish envoy Gutierre Gómez de Fuensalida wrote that “The people are very happy and few tears are being shed for Henry VII. Instead, people are as joyful as if they had been released from prison” and William, Lord Mountjoy, wrote to Desiderius Erasmus, the renowned humanist and scholar, saying:

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  • Expert live chats timetable – 28 October Open Day

    live_chat_melanieHere is a reminder of our expert live-chats programme for today's Tudor Society Open Day. Just head on over to the https://www.tudorsociety.com/opendaychatroom/ at the following times to get asking your questions and discussing these Tudor people and topics. We hope you enjoy it and a big thank you to all of these historians and authors.

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