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Blog: Parr’s Million Pound Mansion and Henry’s Regret

With the end of the month nearing, it is time again to look back at what happened in the past few weeks. From a new discovery to History For Ukraine, March had a lot to offer. 

Book: The York King

Published on the 3rd of March, the long awaited second book in the House of York series by Amy Licence: The York King. “During the early years of his reign, Edward IV of York battles to bring peace and stability to the country, as Henry Beaufort, Duke of Somerset, raises support in the north, attempting to return the Lancastrian king, Henry VI, to the throne.” 

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Parr's Home on Sale

In Greenstead Green, Essex, a remarkable building has gone on sale for £6,5 million. It is Queen Catherine Parr’s Ancestral home. Stanstead Hall, which was owned by Parr’s grandfather, has 13 bedrooms, a heated swimming pool, a stunning driveway, gym and much more. It also has some remaining Tudor features such as “inglenook fireplaces, cornicing on the ceilings, wooden panelling and mullioned windows.” Want to take a look for yourself? View the images on Savills.

Exhibition: Becoming Anne

At Hever Castle, a new exhibition was launched at the beginning of the month. ‘Becoming Anne: Connections, Culture, Court’ will explore the rise of the Boleyns and what shaped Anne’s character. The opening coincided with the 500 year anniversary of Anne’s first recorded appearance at the English court in 1522. ‘Becoming Anne’, which was curated by Owen Emmerson, Alison Palmer and Kate McCaffrey, will be on display until November of this year. 


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Henry's Great Grief

Historian Sandra Vasoli made a discovery about Henry VIII’s regret of his actions towards Anne Boleyn. She went through the archives of the British Library and found the book ‘Cosmographie Universalle’, which is written in old French. According to the writer of the book, André Thevet, the king showed great grief on his deathbed towards what he had done to Anne and their daughter Elizabeth. Read more about the discovery in this article.

Event: History For Ukraine

A Live Aid for history lovers took place this past weekend on the 26th and 27th of March. ‘History For Ukraine’ was an online event where leading historians and genealogists from all over the world live-streamed their talks. By donating what they could, people showed their appreciation of the speakers. The stellar line-up included several well known Tudor experts such as Dr Nicola Tallis, Professor Suzannah Lipscomb, Nathen Amin, author Philippa Gregory and Professor Kate Williams. 


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March on the Tudor Society Website 

Haven’t been on the Tudor Society website much this month? Here are some of the things you may have missed.

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  • Puzzles: Test your knowledge about the Tudor Elizabeths, the Reformation and Reformers in a crossword puzzle or look for Royal Relatives in a word search. 
  • The Poles: At the beginning of this month Adam Pennington told us all about the rise and fall of the Pole family in his expert talk. Click here to watch his fascinating video! 
  • Holbein in New York: This month we discovered an exhibition which is at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York. It "explores Holbein’s contributions to Renaissance portraiture and celebrates the era’s sophistication and visual splendor." Want to know more? Read here

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Blog: Parr’s Million Pound Mansion and Henry’s Regret