• 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.

  • Taster of our talk on Thornbury Castle

    Here’s a taster of our December talk about Thornbury Castle with experts Sandra Vasoli and James Peacock.

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  • December 2017 Tudor Life Taster

    Enjoy this sample of our 78-page December edition of Tudor Life Magazine. This month, as you can imagine, we focus on Tudor Christmas, but we also look at martyrs during the period too.

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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
    November 2017 Ladies-in-waiting Julian Humphrys, Battlefields Trust Tudor Battles Ladies-in-waiting
    December 2017 Martyrdom in the Tudor era Sandra Vasoli and James Peacock The History of Thornbury Castle Christmas party
    January 2018 Henry VIII Anne Barnhill Tudor clothing and socio-economic status, culture and symbolism Henry VIII - Tyrant?
    February 2018 Royal Mothers-in-law Natalie Grueninger The Medieval Manor House Mary I
    March 2018 The Howards Lauren Browne Rivals and mistresses: Rosamund Clifford (Part 2) Elizabeth I - Virgin Queen?
    April 2018 Myths and Mysteries Gina Clark Tudor Costume Lady Jane Grey
    May 2018 The Final Years of Elizabeth I Lissa Bryan Anne Boleyn Anne Boleyn
    June 2018 The Seymours Lauren Browne England's Medieval Queens: Rivals and Mistresses - Jane Shore and the House of York (Part 3) TBC
    July 2018 James IV & I Kate Cole The Witches of Elizabeth and Stewart Essex TBC
    August 2018 Religious impact of the Tudors Lauren Mackay Thomas and George Boleyn TBC
    September 2018 The Dudleys TBC TBC TBC
    October 2018 The Supernatural TBC TBC TBC
    November 2018 Heresy Burnings TBC TBC TBC
    December 2018 The Cecils TBC TBC 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.

  • 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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  • Tudor Society Open Day – 28 October 2016

    We’re excited to announce that we will be having a Tudor Society open day this Friday, 28th October 2016! Visitors to the site that day will have full access to the Tudor Society website and its archives for the whole day and we also have a whole day’s worth of expert live chats and giveaways planned for both members and visitors to enjoy.

    The Tudor Society is all about bringing experts and Tudor history lovers together, wherever they are in the world, and we hope that this open day will showcase some of what we do to achieve that aim.

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  • Fliers for MadeGlobal’s “An Evening with the Authors” 24 Sept

    Many of the Tudor Society members will be at MadeGlobal’s “An Evening with the Authors” event on 24 September in central London, and it would be so lovely to see you there.

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  • June Tudor Life Magazine Taster

    Tudor Life June 2016 is packed with 94 pages of Tudor fiction … why not join the society to read more?

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  • All About our Expert Talks

    Each month full-access members of The Tudor Society will be able to enjoy a talk on Tudor history. These will consist of interviews, Q&As, talks or presentations by historians and authors who are experts in their field. Talks will be followed by a live online chat a few days later so that the expert can answer members' questions.

    Here are some recent links from the "Expert Talks" category:

    Members only - see Expert Talks to listen to or download them. Our full-access members get access to the WHOLE back catalogue of expert talks. Here is a sample talk on the importance of Christianity in the Tudor period by historian and author Gareth Russell:

    Click here to find out more about joining the Tudor Society.

    Some of our amazing guest speakers:

    Derek Wilson

    derek_wilsonDerek Wilson is a leading historian of the Tudor period whose acclaimed works include: 'Henry VIII: Reformer and Tyrant', 'The English Reformation: How England was transformed by the Tudors', 'After the Storm: The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther', 'Uncrowned Kings of England: The Black Legend of the Dudleys' and biographies of Thomas Walsingham, the Earl of Leicester, Hans Holbein and Thomas More. He is currently working on 'Mrs Luther's Sisters: What Women did for the Reformation and the Reformation did for Women'.

    His current fiction writing, under the name D.K. Wilson, is a series of mid-Tudor whodunits, 'The First Horseman' and 'The Traitor's Mark', featuring London goldsmith Thomas Treviot

    Linda Porter

    Linda Porter has a B.A. and a D.Phil from the University of York. She spent nearly ten years lecturing in New York, at Fordham and City Universities among others, before returning with her American husband and daughter to England, where she embarked on a complete change of career. For more than twenty years she worked as a senior public relations practitioner in BT. The attractions of early retirement were too good to miss and she has gone back to historical writing as well as reviewing for the BBC History Magazine, The Literary Review and History Today.

    Her first book, Mary Tudor: The First Queen, was published to critical acclaim by Piatkus in the UK. It is available from St. Martin's Press in the US under the title The First Queen of England: The Myth of "Bloody Mary". This is a personal history of Mary I, the eldest of Henry VIII’s three children. Linda's second book is a biography of Katherine Parr, titled Katherine the Queen: The Remarkable Life of Katherine Parr and published by Macmillan. It is the first serious but accessible life of Henry VIII's last queen, a woman of intellect and charm who had a profound influence on the young Elizabeth I. Her third book, Crown of Thistles: The Fatal Inheritance of Mary Queen of Scots, was also published by Macmillan. It is the story of the Tudor Stewart rivalry.

    Linda won the Biographers Club prize in 2004. She is presently doing research for her fourth book.

    Conor Byrne

    Conor ByrneConor Byrne, author of Katherine Howard: A New History is a British undergraduate studying History at the University of Exeter.

    Conor has been fascinated by the Tudors, medieval and early modern history from the age of eleven, particularly the lives of European kings and queens. His research into Katherine Howard, fifth consort of Henry VIII of England, began in 2011-12, and his first extended essay on her, related to the subject of her downfall in 1541-2, was written for an Oxford University competition. Since then Conor has embarked on a full-length study of queen Katharine's career, encompassing original research and drawing on extended reading into sixteenth-century gender, sexuality and honour. Some of the conclusions reached are controversial and likely to spark considerable debate, but Conor hopes for a thorough reassessment of Katherine Howard's life.

    Conor runs a historical blog which explores a diverse range of historical topics and issues. He is also interested in modern European, Russian, and African history, and, more broadly, researches the lives of medieval queens, including current research into the defamed 'she-wolf' bride of Edward II, Isabella of France.

    Karen Bowman

    Karen BowmanKaren Bowman is an author with a life long passion for history and the powerful characters, who have shaped our society over the centuries. Be they high-born or commoner, witch, queen, vagabond or king, her home county of Essex has provided British life with many of its most colourful and influential people. In her latest books, Essex Girls and Essex Boys Karen brings them all to life with her highly readable style of writing coupled with an instinctive sense of time and place!

    Karen's writing credits also include numerous magazines, articles, and short stories.

    Sandra Vasoli

    Sandra VasoliSandra Vasoli, author of Je Anne Boleyn, earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and biology from Villanova University before embarking on a thirty-five-year career in human resources for a large international company.

    Having written essays, stories, and articles all her life, Vasoli was prompted by her overwhelming fascination with the Tudor dynasty to try her hand at writing fiction. While researching what would eventually become her Je Anne Boleyn series, Vasoli was granted unprecedented access to the Papal Library. There she was able to read the original love letters from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn—an event that contributed greatly to the creation of her fictional memoir.

    Vasoli currently lives in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two greyhounds.

    Elizabeth Norton

    Elizabeth NortonElizabeth Norton is a British historian specialising in the queens of England and the Tudor period. She obtained an Master of Arts in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Cambridge in 2003 and a masters degree in European Archaeology from the University of Oxford in 2004. Elizabeth is carrying out academic research at King's College, London into the Blount family of Shropshire (of which Bessie Blount was a member). This will touch upon the family's interest in and reaction to the changes of the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in England. Eventually she should be awarded a PhD.

    Elizabeth's books include Elfrida: The First Crowned Queen of England, The Boleyn Women, Bessie Blount, Margaret Beaufort: Mother of the Tudor Dynasty, Anne of Cleves: Henry VIII's Discarded Bride, Jane Seymour: Henry VIII's True Love, Catherine Parr: Wife, Widow, Mother, Survivor, The Story of the Last Queen of Henry VIII, England's Queens, Anne Boleyn, She Wolves: The Notorious Queens of Medieval England, and The Anne Boleyn Papers.

    Livi Michael

    Livi MichaelLivi Michael has written sixteen novels for people of all ages, including four novels for adults: Under a Thin Moon which won the Arthur Welton award in 1992, Their Angel Reach which won the Faber prize in 1995, All the Dark Air (1997) which was short-listed for the Mind Award, and Inheritance, which won a Society of Authors award. She teaches creative writing at the Manchester Metropolitan University and has been a senior lecturer in creative writing at Sheffield Hallam University. Her most recent novel, Succession, is a historical novel which "tells the thrilling, bloody story of the fall of the House of Lancaster and the rise of the Tudor dynasty." It was meticulously researched and each chapter ends with excerpts from primary sources.

    Livi has two sons and lives in Greater Manchester.

    Dr Elizabeth Goldring

    Elizabeth GoldringElizabeth Goldring is an associate fellow with the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick. She has written an excellent book "Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and the World of Elizabethan Art: Painting and Patronage at the Court of Elizabeth I" and it's an excellent resource about such a fascinating Tudor period.

    Elizabeth's book features some paintings which are little-known images from private collections, never before reproduced in color. She has joined us to talk about Elizabethan Art

    Jessie Childs

    Jessie ChildsJessie was born in London in 1976 and read history at Brasenose College, Oxford, where she took a first in 1999. Her first book Henry VIII’s Last Victim won the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography in 2007. Her second book God’s Traitors won the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History, 2015, and was also shortlisted for the Longman-History Today Book Prize, and longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction.

    Jessie frequently speaks at festivals, events and on TV and radio, and has written and reviewed for many publications, including The Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Literary Review, Standpoint, History Today, BBC History Magazine and The Times Literary Supplement.

    Natalie Grueninger

    Natalie GrueningerNatalie Grueninger is a researcher, writer and educator. She graduated from The University of NSW in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts, with majors in English and Spanish and Latin American Studies and received her Bachelor of Teaching from The University of Sydney in 2006.

    In 2009 she created On the Tudor Trail, a website dedicated to documenting historic sites and buildings associated with Anne Boleyn and sharing information about the life and times of Henry VIII's second wife. Natalie is fascinated by all aspects of life in Tudor England and has spent many years researching this period.

    Her first non-fiction book, co-authored with Sarah Morris is "In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn".

  • All About the “Tudor Life” Magazine

    Tudor Life is the Tudor Society's monthly digital magazine. Full access members have access to ALL of the back catalogue of magazines - going back to September 2014 - so you'll have loads to read when you join!

    We now have magazine-only subcriptions - amazing value for money - CLICK HERE!

    Here are links to our magazines:

    We also offer magazine only subscriptions - click here to find out more.

    Sample Magazine

    Here is a sample magazine, our Anne Boleyn special from May 2015:

    Regular contributors include...

    Claire Ridgway

    Claire September 2014Claire Ridgway is the author of the best-selling books On This Day in Tudor History, The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown, The Anne Boleyn Collection and The Anne Boleyn Collection II. Claire's latest release is George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat (co-written with Clare Cherry). Claire was also involved in the English translation and editing of Edmond Bapst's 19th century French biography of George Boleyn and Henry Howard, now available as Two Gentleman Poets at the Court of Henry VIII. She is also the creator of The Anne Boleyn Files website and founder of The Tudor Society.

    Gareth Russell

    Historian and author Gareth Russell studied History at Saint Peter's College, Oxford, and his masters at Queen's University, Belfast. He is the author of the 'Confessions of a Ci-Devant' historical blog and his modern novels and his historical research have both been profiled in THE SUNDAY TIMES, TATLER, THE IRISH NEWS, and THE HUFFINGTON POST. He has also appeared on BBC TV and radio, where he provided commentary on the birth of Prince George of Cambridge and where he will be interviewed again about royalty and the First World War for the 2014 centenary. His latest book is The Emperors: How Europe's Greatest Rulers Were Destroyed by World War I. See his Gareth on History column.

    Melanie V. Taylor

    MelanieMelanie is the author of the historical novel The Truth of the Line and is an art historian. She studied the History of Art, Architecture & Design at Kingston University and then went on to do a Master of Arts degree in Medieval & Tudor Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury.

    Melanie now lives in Surrey and lectures in art and social history. See her Melanie on Art column.

    Kyra Cornelius Kramer

    Kyra KramerKyra Cornelius Kramer, author of Blood Will Tell: A Medical Explanation for the Tyranny of Henry VIII, is a freelance academic with BS degrees in both biology and anthropology from the University of Kentucky, as well as a MA in medical anthropology from Southern Methodist University. She has written essays on the agency of the Female Gothic heroine and women's bodies as feminist texts in the works of Jennifer Crusie. She has also co-authored two works; one with Dr. Laura Vivanco on the way in which the bodies of romance heroes and heroines act as the sites of reinforcement of, and resistance to, enculturated sexualities and gender ideologies, and another with Dr. Catrina Banks Whitley on Henry VIII.

    Jane Moulder

    Jane MoulderJane is our Tudor music expert and is a member of Piva, a Renaissance music group who play throughout the UK and Europe. She has a long held love for traditional and early music and has been actively playing with various groups for too many years to mention! The resident bookworm of the group, she is a researcher into music and manners of the 14th to 18th Centuries. She researches and develops Piva’s repertoire and performance programmes.

    Jane also runs Piper’s Publishing and has edited and published a number of historical music books. She also makes historical woodwind instruments and plays various bagpipes, recorders, renaissance flute, crumhorns, rauschpfeifen, shawm and curtal.

    Olga Hughes

    olga-hughesOlga Hughes runs Nerdalicious.com, an online magazine covering pop culture, movies, history, tv, science and more.

    She loves classic children’s literature, fairy tales, science fiction and fantasy, medieval history, cold weather and collecting vintage knitting needles. She has too many books but never stops buying them. Olga has a B.A. in fine art, worked as a chef and bookseller, and is currently pursuing another B.A. in Literature and History. She lives in South Gippsland with her partner C.S. Hughes.

    Charlie Fenton

    Charlie FentonCharlie is writing an Anne Boleyn novel, Perseverance, and started a blog and Facebook page called Through the Eyes of Anne Boleyn to document and share her research into Anne Boleyn's life. She is also a student and is currently studying Medieval History in college.

    Charlie writes monthly book reviews for Tudor Life, see Charlie on Books. These book reviews show what is good to read at the moment, what you should avoid, and who'd enjoy a book the most. We're all avid readers here and we love Charlie's reviews.

    Beth von Staats

    Beth von StaatsAuthor and QueenAnneBoleyn.com administrator Beth von Staats will be joining the team from November 2014 with her Tudor Tidbits column. Beth is an American online short story historical fiction writer and blogger from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Beth has a passion for Tudor Era English and Welsh history, particularly the reigns of King Henry VIII, King Edward VI and Queen Mary I. Her most pronounced interest is with the men and women who drove the course of events and/or who were most poignantly impacted by the English Henrican and Protestant Reformations. Beth is the administrator of Queen Anne Boleyn Historical Writers, a website dedicated to enabling historical biographical and fiction writers, poets, online historical reenacters and bloggers of all abilities an attractive forum to showcase their work. Beth's online available short stories are located at Revelation: Tudor Era Short Stories. Her non-fiction blog posts can be found at English Historical Fiction Authors.

    Each magazine comprises:

    • Featured articles from historians/authors
    • On this day in history...
    • Book reviews.
    • Feature sections on important people or events
    • Articles on Tudor history and life in Tudor times
    • Tudor personalities
    • Coffee break - Puzzle/Quiz/Crossword
    • History News
    • Feast days

    Guest authors for our 2014 and 2015 magazines have included:

    • Leanda de Lisle
    • Roland Hui
    • Sarah Morris
    • Debra Bayani
    • Toni Mount
    • Natalie Grueninger
    • Derek Wilson
    • Elizabeth Fremantle
    • John Ashdown-Hill
    • Susan Higginbotham
    • Josephine Wilkinson
    • David Baldwin
    • Susan Fern
    • Kristie Dean
    • Tracy Borman
    • Sarah Gristwood
    • Janet Wertman
    • Mickey Mayhew
    • Ruth Stacey
    • Elizabeth Norton
    • Mike Ingram
    • Marilyn Roberts
    • Hunter S. Jones
    • Sandra Vasoli
    • Melanie Clegg
    • Lissa Bryan
    • Adrienne Dillard
    • Elizabeth Goldring
    • Amy Licence
    • Laura McCosker
    • Conor Byrne
    • Anne Clinard Barnhill
    • Nancy Bilyeau
    • Dominic Pearce

    and many more!

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