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!

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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, 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 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!