The Tudor Society
  • Information Circulation and Queen Elizabeth I – a documentary

    As you probably know, Emma and Merel have been working at the Tudor Society over the past four months as interns as part of their degree, but what you won't know is that as part of their final year studies, they had to produce a documentary. We're so pleased that it's Tudor history themed! Congratulations to them both on such a wonderful production.

    Here it is...

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  • Teasel’s Tudor Trivia – Books on the Tudor Kings and Queens

    In this latest edition of Teasel’s Tudor Trivia, Tudor experts, historian Claire Ridgway and her researcher, Teasel the rescue dog, introduce their top picks for non-fiction books on the Tudor kings and queens.

    The books featured are all excellent reads and are well-referenced – perfect for those just wanting to know more about the monarch or those who are using them for research.

    Please do share in the comments if you have a favourite book on the Tudor monarchs.

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  • 19 June – Mary, Queen of Scots gives birth to a son called Charles

    On this day in Tudor history, on 19th June 1566, in Scotland, Mary, Queen of Scots gave birth to a baby boy who would grow up to be King James VI of Scotland and King James I of England. He was baptised Charles James though.

    Find out more…

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  • 18 June – Catherine of Aragon protests

    On this day in Tudor history, 18th June 1529, Catherine of Aragon made her protest at the Blackfriars legatine court. What was she protesting about? What were the grounds of her appeal?

    Find out in today’s #TudorHistoryShorts video…

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  • Border Reivers – Julian Humphrys

    Learn about the border reivers who made the border between Scotland and England a very dangerous place during the Tudor period in this wonderful Friday video by our battlefield expert, Julian Humphrys.

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  • 17 June – Condemned to death but thankfully pardoned

    On this day in Tudor history, 17th June 1551, Sir George Blage died a natural death in Edward VI’s reign.

    Blage was fortunate to die such a death as he’d been condemned to death in Henry VIII’s reign.

    Find out more about him in this TudorHistoryShorts talk…

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  • 16 June – A scandalous earl dies of gangrene

    On this day in Tudor history, 16th June 1614, Henry Howard, Earl of Northampton, died of gangrene following surgery on his thigh.

    Find out more about this Tudor earl, and how he was involved in a murder plot, in today’s #TudorHistoryShorts talk…

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  • 15 June – Henry Fitzroy, Henry VIII’s illegitimate son

    15th June 1519 is the traditional birthdate of King Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy.

    Find out a bit more about Fitzroy in this latest edition of TudorHistoryShorts…

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  • The marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon Part 1 – talk by Claire Ridgway

    Here is the video of the Facebook Live talk I did for Tudor Society members in the private members-only group.

    In it, I look at the marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, from its very beginnings, with their betrothal in Henry VII’s reign, to 1527, when Henry applied for a dispensation to marry Anne Boleyn.

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  • 14 June – Friar Peto

    On 14th June 1557, in the reign of Mary I, Friar William Peto was made a cardinal and a papal legate.

    He'd done well to survive Henry VIII's reign as he'd upset the king with a controversial sermon and was attainted at one point.

    Find out more about Peto in this #TudorHistoryShorts video...

    On this day in Tudor history, 14th June 1536, not long after the fall of Anne Boleyn, two courtiers, Sir Anthony Browne and Sir Francis Bryan, were interrogated regarding their alleged support of Mary, daughter of King Henry VIII by Catherine of Aragon.

    Both men had been involved with the Catholic conservatives and Seymours who had worked to bring Anne Boleyn down and who wanted Mary restored to the succession, but now they found themselves in a spot of trouble.

    What happened and how did Bryan and Browne get out of trouble?

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    On this day in Tudor history, 14th June 1536, not long after the fall of Anne Boleyn, two courtiers, Sir Anthony Browne and Sir Francis Bryan, were interrogated regarding their alleged support of Mary, daughter of King Henry VIII by Catherine of Aragon.

    Both men had been involved with the Catholic conservatives and Seymours who had worked to bring Anne Boleyn down and who wanted Mary restored to the succession, but now they found themselves in a spot of trouble.

    What happened and how did Bryan and Browne get out of trouble?

    Find out more...

    Also on this day in Tudor history, 14th June 1571, Sir Christopher Danby died.

    He died a natural death even though he’d been implicated in a rebellion.

    How did he survive that?

    Find out...

  • 21 Interesting Facts about Henry VIII

    My latest "Facts about..." video is on King Henry VIII, so I thought I'd share it here.

    Henry VIII is known for having six wives, and executing two of them, and for the break with Rome, as well as being the father of three Tudor monarchs: Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I. However, there are lots more interesting facts about Henry VIII.

    There are lots of articles here on the Tudor Society website about Henry VIII and here are some other resources for you:

    The Henry VIII playlist:

  • 13 June – George Neville, a man with a very mixed court career

    On 13th June 1535, courtier George Neville, 3rd Baron Bergavenny, died. He'd done well for himself in the reigns of King Richard III and Henry VII, but came undone in Henry VIII's reign.

    What happened to George Neville?

    Find out a bit more about him...

    On this day in Tudor history, 13th June 1548, Thomas Seymour, 1st Baron Seymour of Sudeley, and his wife, Catherine Parr, the dowager queen, set off from Catherine’s manor of Hanworth in London to travel to Seymour’s seat of Sudeley Castle. They were accompanied by Lady Jane Grey and around 100 others.

    Seymour wanted his wife to enjoy the final months of her pregnancy safe in the Cotswolds away from the Plague in London and for his first-born child to be born at Sudeley.

    In this talk, I share details on who accompanied the couple, what Sudeley was like and what happened next.

    Also on this day in Tudor history, 13th June 1587, William Knell, an actor in "The Queen's Men" company of players, got into a fight with a fellow actor in Thame, Oxfordshire.

    Find out more about him and his sad and violent end...

  • June Feast Days Crossword Puzzle

    This week's puzzle is a crossword puzzle testing your knowledge of feast days that were celebrated in the month of June in Tudor times.

    How much do you know about June Tudor feast days?

    Get those little grey cells working with this fun crossword!

    By the way, you might find our Tudor Society Tudor Feast Days e-book useful - click here.

    Simply click on the link or image below to open and print out the crossword puzzle.

    June Feast Days Crossword - click here

  • 12 June – Richard Rich, lawyer and torturer

    Richard Rich, 1st Baron Rich, died on 12th June 1567. He's not one of my favourite Tudor men and you can find out why in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts.

    Just what was his involvement in the cases of Sir Thomas More and Anne Askew?

    On this day in Tudor history, 12th June 1540, a clearly frightened Thomas Cromwell, who was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his arrest on 10th June for treason, wrote to King Henry VIII regarding his “most miserable state”, asking for mercy, and pleading his innocence.

    I share Cromwell's letter in this video. It is an eloquent letter but also a very moving one. His fear is palpable.

    Also on this day in Tudor history, 12th June 1530, Catherine of Aragon got rather cross with Henry VIII.

    Find out why...

  • 11 June – Sir Anthony Cooke

    11th June 1576 was the death date of Sir Anthony Cooke, a well-known Tudor humanist and educator with famous daughters.

    Find out more about this Tudor man in today’s edition of #TudorHistoryShorts…

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  • 10 June – Execution by starvation

    On this day in Tudor history, 10th June 1537, in the reign of King Henry VIII, two Carthusian monks died after being starved to death in prison.

    What had these monks done to deserve this awful fate?

    Find out about them and their fellow Carthusian martyrs in this edition...

    On this day in Tudor history, 10th June 1584, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Francis, Duke of Anjou and Alençon, died in Paris. It is thought that he died of malaria.

    Why am I talking about a French duke? Well, for a time, he was a suitor of Queen Elizabeth I and the queen even affectionately called him her “frog”. It looked like Elizabeth would actually marry him.

    Find out more about what happened between Elizabeth and her dear "frog"...

    Also on this day in Tudor history, 10th June 1540, King Henry VIII's right-hand man and 'fixer', Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, was arrested.

    Find out more...

  • Sir Richard Hawkins (1560-1622)

    Richard Hawkins was born in Plymouth and was the only son of Sir John Hawkins and his first wife, Katherine Gonson. His mother was the daughter of Benjamin Gonson, the treasurer of the navy, the position his father John took in 1577, so the seafaring life was in his blood. Little is known regarding Richard’s education; it isn’t clear whether he attended university or an inn of the court, but he had reasonable fluency in Latin and the educational skills expected from gentlemen at the time. Therefore, although he grew up among ships and seamen, he will have enjoyed a period of schooling, presumably in Plymouth. A lot of what we know about Richard Hawkins comes from his autobiography ‘Observations of Sir Richard Hawkins, knight in his voyage into the southern sea, A.D 1593, which he wrote until around 1599. Although written by Richard himself, it isn’t easy to know whether all the details are correct.

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  • 9 June – From traitor to sword bearer

    On 9th June 1511, in the reign of King Henry VIII, William Courtenay, 1st Earl of Devon, died.

    Who was Courtenay and how did he go from being in favour to being a traitor and then back to being in favour?

    Find out...

    On this day in Tudor history, 9th or 10th June 1563, William Paget, 1st Baron Paget, diplomat and administrator, died, probably at his estate of West Drayton in Middlesex.

    By his death, he'd served four Tudor monarchs and even though he'd fallen from favour and been imprisoned, he kept his head and climbed back in favour.

    But who was Baron Paget?

    Let me give you a few facts about this Tudor man...

    On this day in Tudor history, 9th or 10th June 1563, William Paget, 1st Baron Paget, diplomat and administrator, died, probably at his estate of West Drayton in Middlesex.

    By his death, he'd served four Tudor monarchs and even though he'd fallen from favour and been imprisoned, he kept his head and climbed back in favour.

    But who was Baron Paget? Well, let historian Claire Ridgway give you a few facts about this Tudor man.

    Also on this day in Tudor history, 9th June 1549, at Whitsun services all over England, the Book of Common Prayer was used for the first time. A service in English, not Latin!

    Find out more in this video...

  • Artists in the Spotlight – Kristina

    In this weeks artists in the spotlight we are looking at the beautiful art of Kristina. She is a 31 years old illustrator and graphic novelist from Hamburg, Germany. She focuses on historical and fantasy subjects and makes digital drawings.

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  • June 2021 at the Tudor Society!

    As usual, June is a busy month at the Tudor Society with lots of Tudor goodies for Tudor Society members to enjoy!

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  • 8 June – Mary is very wrong

    Henry VIII's eldest daughter, Mary, was convinced that her woes were all down to her stepmother, Anne Boleyn, and so there was hope for Mary after Anne Boleyn's execution in 1536.

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  • 7 June – The execution of Elizabeth I’s physician

    On this day in Tudor history, 7th June 1594, Elizabeth I’s physician, Roderigo Lopez, was hanged, drawn and quartered after being accused of plotting to poison the queen.

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  • 6 June – William Hunnis, a man lucky to die a natural death

    On this day in Tudor history, 6th June 1597, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, musician William Hunnis died a natural death. He was lucky as he could so easily have lost his head in Mary I's reign.

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  • Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon Crossword Puzzle

    As June is the anniversary month of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon's marriage and coronation, I thought we'd mark the occasion by testing your knowledge of this Tudor couple.

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  • 5 June – Robert Devereux is in trouble

    On this day in Tudor history, 5th June 1600, Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, was in a spot of bother. Even though he was usually one of Elizabeth I's favourite, he was charged with insubordination. Oh dear.

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  • 4 June – Amy Robsart

    On 4th June 1550, Robert Dudley married his sweetheart, Amy Robsart, at the royal palace of Sheen at Richmond, near London, in a ceremony attended by King Edward VI.

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  • Living Tudor History – Tudor Furniture Part 1

    Join Brigitte on this week’s Friday video as she shows us some unique and authentic Tudor furniture that she has in her Tudor property. Relatively few pieces have actually survived from such a long time ago, but Brigitte has some amazing examples.

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  • 3 June – A bishop who helped his poorly queen

    On this day in Tudor history, 3rd June 1594, John Aylmer, Bishop of London, died.

    Hear a story about how he suffered pain to help a poorly Queen Elizabeth I in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts:

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  • 2 June – Sir Francis Bigod is executed

    On this day in Tudor history, 2nd June 1537, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Sir Francis Bigod and two of his fellow rebels were executed at Tyburn.

    Why had this reformer rebelled against the king and what had happened?

    Find out in this #TudorHistoryShorts video:

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  • Henry VII – Facebook Live Video

    Thanks to those who joined us on the Facebook live last Friday. We have downloaded it and saved it here for you to enjoy. Claire Ridgway gave us a great talk on Henry VII and then opened up for questions.

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