Today’s Claire Chats talk was inspired by my recent "on this day in Tudor history" video on rebel Sir William Pickering. In his will, Pickering left instructions for a jewel worth 200 marks to be given to Queen Elizabeth I by his executors, and I just became curious as to how much 200 marks was. This sent me on a research journey which also involved looking at the spending of Henry VII and Henry VIII.
You may also be interested in my talk on Tudor money - click here - and the Tudor Money Quiz.
Notes, Sources and Further Reading
- The Court Festivals of Henry VII: A study based upon the account books of John Heron, Treasurer of the Chamber by Sydney Anglo - https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/api/datastream?publicationPid=uk-ac-man-scw:1m2839&datastreamId=POST-PEER-REVIEW-PUBLISHERS-DOCUMENT.PDF
- Tudor Chamber Books - https://www.tudorchamberbooks.org/
- "How did Henry VII spend his money" - https://www.historyextra.com/period/tudor/how-did-henry-vii-spend-his-money/
- "Henry VIII spent 'almost entire year's tax' on Christmas" - https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42429199
- Calendar of State Papers, Milan, 1385-1618, pp. 556-565 - https://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-state-papers/milan/1385-1618/pp556-565
- Renaissance Rome 1500-1559: A Portrait of a Society by Peter Partner
Very fascinating! Thank you.
If anyone’s interested, Natalie Grueninger talks with Sean Cunningham about Henry Viii first Christmas, concentrating on his spending, on her podcast, On The Tudor Trail. onthetudortrail.com (link to podcast on her blog, it’s the most recent episode. Michelle t
Thank you, Michelle!