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  • Tudor Fruit and Vegetables Crossword Puzzle

    This Sunday’s puzzle tests your knowledge of Tudor fruit and vegetables. You should find this very easy if you have watched this week’s Claire Chats on the topic.

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  • Tudor Fruit and Vegetables talk

    In today’s Claire Chats video, I talk about the fruit and vegetables that were enjoyed in the Tudor period.

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  • Throwback Thursday – Tudor Quotes and Poetry Quiz

    Throwback Thursday is all about sharing things that you might have missed in the Tudor Society archives or that you might enjoy revisiting. Today’s treat is our Tudor Quotes and Poetry Quiz from 2014. So, grab yourself a drink and snack, make yourself comfy, and let’s get testing your Tudor knowledge…

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  • John Skelton (c.1460-1529)

    John Skelton’s birthdate is unknown; however, historians have put forward suggestions that a date in the early 1560s is the most likely. Additionally, it is thought that he was born in the North of England. His family name may be derived from several locations named ‘Skelton’ in Yorkshire, however unfortunately for historiography, the majority of Skelton’s upbringing is wrapped in a mystery as a result of scarcely any remaining documents surviving that mention him. A significant proportion of Skelton’s life, and personality, is instead found in his poetry, which survives in manuscript form and has been seriously analysed by historians.

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  • November’s Live Chats – 16 and 30 November

    Just to let you know the details of this month’s live chats. Our informal chat on the topic of Religious persecution and martyrs (such a cheery topic!) will take place on Friday 16th November and our expert live chat with author and founder of the Tudor Society, Claire Ridgway, is on Friday 30th November.

    Both chats will be an hour long and will take place in the Tudor Society chatroom.

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  • Remember, remember the 5th of November…

    One thing I do miss about living in the UK is the annual fireworks display we used to attend as a family. The annual ritual of putting on warm clothes, going out to watch some spectacular fireworks (we lived near a fire college and the firemen did a wonderful job), then coming back to hot chocolate and other warm treats – bliss! Here, where I live in Spain, of course, it’s a normal day and Guy Fawkes doesn’t mean anything to anybody. The only fireworks we have here are the bangers let off when the football results are good or at our village fiesta in January. There’s no colour to them, they just flash and bang – very sad!

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  • This week in history 5 – 11 November

    1514 – Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII, was crowned Queen of France. She had married King Louis XII at Abbeville on the 9th October 1514. The marriage was rather short-lived, as Louis died on the 1st January 1515, and Mary went on to marry Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk.
    1520 – Death of Sir Robert Poyntz, courtier, landowner and Vice-Chamberlain and Chancellor of the Household to Queen Catherine of Aragon. He was around seventy when he died.
    1530 – Death of Sir John More, lawyer, judge and father of Sir Thomas More. More served as Serjeant-at-Law, Justice of Assize, Justice of the Common Pleas, and also served on the King’s Bench from 1520 until his death.
    1605 – Guy Fawkes was caught with thirty-six barrels of gunpowder in the cellars beneath Westminster. The idea was to blow up the House of Lords at the opening of Parliament on the 5th November, and to assassinate King James I.

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  • Thomas Cranmer Quiz

    Thomas Cranmer, who served as Archbishop of Canterbury in the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Queen Jane and part of Mary I’s, is a fascinating Tudor personality. But how much do you know about the man who was burnt at the stake in 1556? Test yourself with this fun quiz.

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  • Sir John Perrot (c1527/30 – 1592)

    On this day in 1592, Sir John Perrot, Privy Councillor and former Lord Deputy of Ireland, died at the Tower of London. He was buried in the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula at the Tower.

    John Perrot was born between 1527 and 1530 in Pembrokeshire, and was the son of Mary (Berkeley) and Sir Thomas Perrot, although some believe him to have been Henry VIII’s illegitimate son. John’s mother, the pretty Mary Berkeley, had served Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon. The King was a friend of her husband, Sir Thomas Perrot, a keen huntsman, and historian Philippa Jones believes that Henry VIII began an affair with Mary after noticing her when he came to visit and hunt.

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  • Tobacco and smoking in Tudor times

    Sir Walter Ralegh is often credited with introducing tobacco into England after he’d travelled to the New World, but this is a myth. I decided to look into the history of tobacco and research how it came to England and how it became popular.

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  • Throwback Thursday – Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond

    As today is the anniversary of the death of Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond and father of King Henry VII, I thought it was fitting to share this article about his life and death…

    On this day in 1456, Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond and father of King Henry VII, died from the plague at Carmarthen Castle in Wales.

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  • Catherine Howard and the Interrogations of 1541

    Our expert speaker this month is Claire Ridgway, founder of the Tudor Society, who is currently working on a book about the events of 1541 and early 1542 – “The Fall of Catherine Howard: A Countdown”. Find out who did what and who said what in this talk.

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  • Boo! Happy Halloween!

    Did I scare you? Happy Halloween! I hope you have a wonderful day whatever your plans and whether you’re celebrating All Hallows Eve or not.

    I thought I’d celebrate this feast day by sharing some Tudor Society resources on Halloween and also Tudor ghosts:

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  • November 2018 Tudor Life Taster

    In this month’s stunning 98 page edition of Tudor Life magazine, we cover the reputation of Mary I and whether she deserves the title “Bloody Mary”.

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  • November 2018 – Tudor Life – The Heresy Burnings of Mary I

    In this month’s stunning 98 page edition of Tudor Life magazine, we cover the reputation of Mary I and whether she deserves the title “Bloody Mary”. In this edition, we look into the lives of some of the martyrs …

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  • This week in history 29 October – 4 November

    29th October:

    1532 – Henry VIII accompanied Francis I to the border between English Calais and France to bid farewell to him.
    1586 – Four days after a commission had found Mary, Queen of Scots guilty of conspiring to assassinate Elizabeth I, Parliament met to discuss Mary’s fate. They decided that they should petition the Queen for Mary’s execution.
    1605 – Death of George Clifford, 3rd Earl of Cumberland, courtier and naval commander, at the duchy house, near the Savoy in London. He was buried in the family vault in Holy Trinity Church, Skipton, near Skipton Castle. Clifford was Elizabeth I’s second champion. He commanded a ship in the Anglo-Spanish War, and is known for capturing Fort San Felipe del Morro in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1598. Elizabeth I nicknamed him her “rogue”.
    1618 – Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh), courtier, explorer, author and soldier, was executed at Westminster. Ralegh had originally been found guilty of treason and sentenced to death in 1603, after being implicated in the Main Plot against James I, but the King spared his life. In 1618, the death sentence was reinstated after he incurred the wrath of Spain for storming San Thomé and killing the Spanish governor.

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  • Tudor ghosts wordsearch

    If you watched the Horrible Hauntings Claire Chats video on Friday this wordsearch should be easy peasy! You can open and print out the wordsearch by clicking on the link or the picture. Have fun!

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  • Livechat transcript – Lauren Mackay – George and Thomas Boleyn

    Here is the transcript of our lively chat on George and Thomas Boleyn. Lots of questions were asked, and lots answered!

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  • Horrible Hauntings

    Do you believe in ghosts? I’m not sure, but I do love a good ghost story and there are lots involving Tudor personalities and places. As it’s coming up to Halloween, I thought I’d share a few. Please do share ones you’ve heard too!

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  • Throwback Thursday – Thomas More

    As today is the anniversary of Sir Thomas More becoming Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor on 25th October 1529, I thought it would be a good idea to share the expert talk that historian Stephanie Mann did for us on Thomas More back in 2016. It’s an excellent talk. Just click on the image below to view the video now.

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  • Queen Jane Seymour

    As today is the anniversary of the death of Jane Seymour, third wife and queen consort of King Henry VIII and mother of King Edward VI, on 24th October 1537, I thought I’d share some resources from our archives:

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  • Works by Ben Jonson and John Davies to be performed for the first time in over 400 years – 4 December 2018, Southwark Cathedral

    Thank you to Michelle Yim of Red Dragonfly Productions for sending me the following information:

    At Southwark Cathedral in London this December, for one night only, we ordinary folk will be able to enjoy entertainments performed only once before at the Elizabethan and Jacobean Courts, and in doing so bear witness to some of the political intrigues of the time.

    With Queen Elizabeth getting older, and having no successor, Sir Robert Cecil, risking treason, is secretly negotiating with the King of the Scots to take over the throne. He also has a wish to open up a trade route to China, and the arrival of a foreign visitor gives him some hope of this, but will the Queen approve of his plans? If she does then will the new King be of the same mind? A mostly true tale of political intrigue, social change and one man’s obsession with porcelain, performed in glorious costume in one of London’s most historic buildings.

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  • This week in history 22 – 28 October

    22nd October:

    1521 – Death of Sir Edward Poynings, soldier, administrator and diplomat at his manor of Westenhanger in Kent. Poynings served Henry VII as Lord Deputy of Ireland and Henry VIII as an ambassador, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and Chancellor of the Order of the Garter,
    1554 (22nd or 23rd) – Death of John Veysey/Vesey (born John Harman), Bishop of Exeter, at Moor Hall, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire.
    1577 – Death of Henry Parker, 11th Baron Morley and Roman Catholic exile, in Paris. Morley had fled abroad after refusing to subscribe to Elizabeth I’s “Act of Uniformity” and after being implicated in the 1569 Rising of the North.

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  • Jane Seymour Quiz

    Jane Seymour was Henry VIII’s third wife and the one who managed to give him what he really wanted and needed, a living son, but how much do you know about Jane? Test yourself with this fun quiz. Good luck!

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  • Walter Marsh, Protestant martyr and spy

    Not many people have heard of Walter Marsh, an Englishman who was burned to death in Rome’s Campo dei Fiori after having his tongue cut out, his right hand cut off and his skin scorched with torches, so I thought I’d share what I’ve found out about him and how he came to this brutal end in Rome.

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  • Throwback Thursday – Margaret Tudor

    I thought it would be fun to have “Throwback Thursday” here on the Tudor Society to highlight interesting articles, videos, expert talks, magazines etc. from our archives. As today is the anniversary of the death of Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots (from 1503-1513) and sister of Henry VIII, I thought I’d share some Margaret Tudor themed goodies from our archives.

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  • Lord Edward Howard (c.1478-1539)

    Lord Edmund Howard was born in around 1478 as the third son of Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk, and his first wife, Elizabeth Tilney, Countess of Surrey. Edmund came from a successful family; his father having served under four monarchs. During the tumultuous Wars of the Roses period, Edmund’s father supported the Yorkists, serving both Edward IV and Richard III. Thomas Howard was awarded the Earldom of Surrey in 1483, alongside being appointed to the Privy Council and becoming an invested member of the exclusive Order of the Garter. Upon Richard III’s defeat at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, the Earl of Surrey was imprisoned for a period and stripped of his honours as a result of his treasonous actions against the newly established Tudor throne. The now King Henry VII was discerning in his prevention of Surrey’s execution; intent on proving himself a merciful monarch in the wake of decades of factional brutality. Henry was later reassured that Surrey was a loyal servant and restored his earldom in May 1489. Similarly, the earl regained his position in society, taking up the role of Lieutenant of the North until 1499. From this point onwards, Surrey became a valued, trusted and loyal man to the Tudor crown; with his forces decimating the Scottish forces at Flodden in 1513. A year later, he was granted the title of Duke of Norfolk, one of England’s preeminent titles; which came with significant lands and annuities. When the duke died in 1524, his funeral was attended by a significant number of exclusive guests who congregated at Framingham Castle to pay their respects to a hugely influential figure at the Henrician court.

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  • This week in history 15 – 21 October

    15th October:

    1536 – Henry VIII wrote to the Earl of Shrewsbury, the Duke of Suffolk “and others” with instructions on handling the rebellion which we now know as the Pilgrimage of Grace. The King also wrote to the rebels in Lincolnshire promising “to show them mercy if they leave all their harness and weapons in the market-place of Lincoln”.
    1537 – Christening of Henry VIII’s son, the future Edward VI, in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court. Edward’s half-sister Mary stood as godmother, while his other half-sister, the four year-old Elizabeth, bore the chrisom cloth, helped by Edward’s uncle, Edward Seymour. Thomas Howard, the Duke of Norfolk, Charles Brandon, the Duke of Suffolk, and Archbishop Cranmer stood as godfathers.
    1542 – Death of William Fitzwilliam, Earl of Southampton, courtier, diplomat and naval commander, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. It is thought that he was buried in Newcastle. Southampton’s offices included Vice Admiral, Treasurer of the Household and Lord Privy Seal. He died while leading troops to Scotland under the command of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk.
    1582 – The first day of the Gregorian calendar following the last day of the Julian calendar, 4th October 1582, meaning that the 5th-14th October did not exist in the year 1582. Many countries ignored Pope Gregory XIII’s papal bull and carried on using the Julian Calendar. England, for example, did not introduce the Gregorian calendar until 1752.
    1584 – Execution of Richard Gwyn (White), martyr, schoolteacher and Welsh language poet, at Wrexham in Wales. He was hanged, drawn and quartered for high treason because of his Catholic faith.
    1590 – Death of William Bleddyn (Blethin), Bishop of Llandaff. He was buried in Matharn Church, in the chancel.
    1595 – Death of Philip Howard, 13th Earl of Arundel, in the Tower of London. It was rumoured that his cook had poisoned him. Arundel had been imprisoned for high treason, because of his Catholic faith and for fleeing England without Elizabeth I’s permission. He was buried in the Tower chapel, St Peter ad Vincula.

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  • Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder Quiz

    How much do you know about Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder, poet and diplomat? Test yourself with this fun quiz. Good luck!

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  • The Plague

    I seem to keep encountering the Plague (the Black Death) at the moment, mention of it, that is, and not the actual illness, so I thought I’d talk about it in this week’s Claire Chats video. Apologies for saying “boo” rather than “bew” in “bubonic. I was concentrating on saying pneumonic correctly that I went all Spanish with my pronunciation of “u”!

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