The Tudor Society
  • The Tudor Puzzle Book

    I know that many of you enjoy our weekly Tudor crossword puzzles and word searches, so you’ll be interested to know that I’ve collated some of them, plus some new ones, in a paperback book.

    I did intend to get the book out in time for Christmas, but with one thing and another it just didn’t happen. Oh well, better late than never! It’s available right now. Here are the details…

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  • A royal pregnancy announcement 

    This Valentine’s Day a very special announcement was made by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, they are expecting a child. A royal baby announcement nowadays is made and spread on social media. Since Instagram and other online platforms did not exist in Tudor times, how was this joyous news shared with the rest of the country? 

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  • It’s time for pancakes!

    Yes, it’s that time of year again! It’s Shrove Tuesday! We’re celebrating this last day before Lent by sharing two videos – one with a cute dog and one with yummy pancakes, oh and a cute Tim!

    Last year, Teasel and I made a video explaining Shrovetide – Shrove Sunday, Collop Monday and Shrove Tuesday – and how it was celebrated in Tudor times…

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  • The last monk to be Archbishop of Canterbury, a famous Reformer and an earl who wept for Elizabeth

    In this first part of This Week in Tudor history for week beginning 15th February, I am going to tell you about the last monk to become Archbishop of Canterbury; the man who wrote one of the most important documents of the Protestant Reformation, and an earl who wept when he had to imprison Princess Elizabeth, the future Elizabeth I.

    15th February 1503, in the reign of King Henry VII – The death of Henry Deane, the last monk to become Archbishop of Canterbury.

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  • Valentine’s Day in Tudor times

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    The 14th of February is the day on which we celebrate love. But what is the history of this feast? 

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  • Tudor Williams Crossword Puzzle

    William was a very popular name in the Tudor period, so I thought I’d test your knowledge of Tudor Williams in this Sunday’s puzzle, a crossword puzzle.

    As always, these are all people who have been mentioned on the Tudor Society.

    Good luck!

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  • Catherine chats to Kirsty from Sudeley Castle

    This week’s Friday video is from our very own Catherine Brooks who is chatting to Kirsty Saul from Sudeley Castle. Kirsty tells us about her work, the castle itself, which is located in the beautiful English Cotswolds, and its links to the Tudors.

    A big thank you to Catherine and Kirsty for this wonderful video.

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  • Claire’s birthday and presents for you!

    On this day in history, 11th February 1971, our founder Claire Ridgway was born, meaning that she’s celebrating her 50th birthday! And she’s celebrating by doing some kindle countdown deals for 9 of her books!

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  • Mad people can be executed, a miscarriage of justice, problematic prophecies and William Waste All

    In this second part of This Week in Tudor History for week beginning 8th February, I talk about two parliamentary acts that allowed a king to execute his wife and to execute people showing signs of madness; a miscarriage of justice which led to a priest being executed in Elizabeth I’s reign; an Elizabethan astrologer who was ridiculed after his prophecies didn’t come true, and a man known as William Waste-all.

    11th February 1542 – King Henry VIII gave his assent “in absentia” to an act of attainder against his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, and her lady-in-waiting, Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford. A bill allowing people showing signs of lunacy was also passed, an awful thing, but the king was determined to take revenge.

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  • Elizabeth Howard (née Stafford), Duchess of Norfolk (1497-1558)

    Elizabeth Stafford was born in 1497 and was the eldest daughter of Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, and his wife, Eleanor, eldest daughter of Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland. Through her parents, Elizabeth was a descendant of King Edward III, and her paternal grandparents were Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, and Lady Katherine Woodville, sister of Elizabeth Woodville. Her paternal grandfather was beheaded for treason against Richard III in 1483, which is a fate her father would suffer in 1521, beheaded for treason against Henry VIII.

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  • Learn more about: A discovery of witches and Tudor history

    In last week's Friday video, Claire talked about the All Souls trilogy of novels by Deborah Harkness, A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night and The Book of Life, and the TV adaptation. How do these novels link to Tudor history? 

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  • Watch: Mary Queen of Scots’ life in Edinburgh

    On this day in history Mary Queen of Scots was executed. 434 years ago, early in the morning, Mary was taken from her prison cell to the place of execution at Fotheringhay castle. To commemorate this day, we will be sharing a documentary that was made back in 2019 about her life in Edinburgh. For the first time it is now available for all to enjoy. 

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  • This week in Tudor history Part 1 – A man who refused a title, Lady Jane Grey’s reprieve, and a naughty earl with a magic ring

    In this first part of “This Week in Tudor History”, I introduce a chap named John, one of the many johns in his family, who turned down a title; explain why Lady Jane Grey’s execution was postponed and what happened, and introduce an earl who appears to have been a bit of a Tudor bad boy.

    8th February 1545, in the reign of King Henry VIII – Death of courtier and soldier Sir John Arundell of Lanherne, or John Arundell III, a man who turned down a barony from King Henry VIII. Find out why.

    9th February 1554 – Queen Mary I postpones Lady Jane Grey’s scheduled execution and gives her a three-day reprieve…

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  • Tudor Novels Quiz

    I do love getting lost in a good historical novel, especially at this time of year when I can snuggle in front of the log burner under a blanket with a nice mug of hot chocolate. A novel that transports me to the 16th century is just prefect.

    But how much do you know about Tudor-themed novels, series and authors?

    Find out, and perhaps get some reading ideas, in this week’s quiz:

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  • A Discovery of Witches and Tudor History

    In this week’s Friday video, Claire talks about the All Souls trilogy of novels by Deborah Harkness, A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night and The Book of Life, and the TV adaptation.

    How do these novels link to Tudor history? Find out more about them…

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  • This week in Tudor History Part 2 – A princess marries, a queen faces death, and a spy and lawyer die

    In this second part of “This week in Tudor history” for the week beginning 1st February, I talk about Tudor events and people associated with 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th February.

    4th February 1495, in the reign of King Henry VII – Anne of York, daughter of the late King Edward IV, marries Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey, at Westminster Abbey in London…

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  • Teasel’s Tudor Trivia – Keeping warm Tudor style

    In this edition of Teasel’s Tudor Trivia, with a well-wrapped up Teasel, I share some tips on how to keep warm on cold days and nights Tudor style.

    Just how did medieval and Tudor people keep warm? What did they wear? How did they keep their houses warm? And what about their bedrooms and beds?

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  • Conducting Research for Historical Novels – Adrienne Dillard

    This month we have the highly successful author Adrienne Dillard as our expert speaker. We know that there are a number of members who are writers and are writing historical pieces at the moment. We wanted to get Adrienne to share her experience in bringing history to life.

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  • Take down your Christmas decorations today or risk goblins!

    I’m sure many of you have taken down your Christmas decorations by now, with many people believing that they should be taken down by Twelfth Night, but if you have any lurking then today, Candlemas Eve, is the day to take them down, otherwise you might just get visited by goblins.

    Teasel and I explain…

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  • Welcome to Emma and Merel!

    A warm welcome to Emma and Merel who are joining the Tudor Society team today for a 5-month apprenticeship as part of their Journalism degree. We are thrilled to have them on board and you might remember them from the Mary, Queen of Scots video they produced for us back in 2019 – see below.

    Here are their bios…

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  • This week in Tudor history Part 1 – An alchemist, the Princes in the Tower’s doctor, and a duke who suffered a rigged trial

    In this first part of “This week in Tudor history”, I look at Tudor history events for 1st, 2nd and 3rd February.

    1st February 1552, in the reign of King Edward VI – The birth of Roger Cooke, an alchemist who worked for Dr John Dee, Francis Anthony, the Wizard Earl (Henry Percy, 9th Earl of Northumberland) and Sir Walter Ralegh, and a man with whom Dee shared the secret of a special elixir…

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  • Stoke – Livechat transcript – Julian Humphrys

    Thanks as always to those who came to our live chat with Julian Humphrys. We had a spirited discussion and I think a lot was learned by all

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  • More Tudor Henrys Word Search

    Following on from last week’s Tudor Henry’s Crossword Puzzle, this week’s Sunday quiz tests your knowledge of Tudor Henry’s even further with a word search puzzle.

    Do remember that the words can go in any direction.
    Hint: The answers can all be found on the Tudor Society website!

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  • The Cornish Rebellion of 1497 with Julian Humphrys

    Thank you to battlefield historian Julian Humphrys for this week’s Friday video, which is on a rebellion that took place in the reign of King Henry VII, the Cornish Rebellion.

    Do remember that Julian is joining us in the Tudor Society chatroom later today to answer your questions on his expert talk on the Battle of Stoke Field…

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  • February 2021 – Tudor Life – Sloth

    We continue our series of magazine themes based on the deadly sins with this month’s edition on sloth.

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  • This Week in Tudor History Part 2 – Elizabeth I’s guardian, a Master of Swans, a king’s death announced and more!

    In the second part of “This Week in Tudor History” for 25-31 January, I talk about events that happened on 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st January in the reigns of the Tudor monarchs. Find out more about the following Tudor people and events.

    28th January 1501 – The death of politician and administrator, John Dynham, 1st Baron Dynham, who managed to move smoothly from service to the Yorkists to Henry VII’s service, and who survived the falls of his brother-in-law and stepson.

    29th January 1559 – The death of Sir Thomas Pope, guardian of Princess Elizabeth (Elizabeth I), founder of Trinity College…

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  • Lucy Somerset, Baroness Neville (1524-1583)

    Lucy Somerset was born in around 1524 to Henry Somerset, 2nd Earl of Worcester, and his second wife, Elizabeth Browne, who is perhaps best known for her alleged role in Anne Boleyn’s downfall. Little is known of Lucy’s early life; however, as a noblewoman, it is assumed that she would have been accomplished in courtly manners. She was also involved with prominent courtiers, particularly the Brandon family through her aunt’s marriage to Sir Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. This made Lady Anne Brandon and her sister Lady Mary Brandon her first cousins and important connections, both with prominent royal relations and friendships.

    It is believed that Lucy was sent to the court of Henry VIII around 1540 aged 16, where she served his fifth consort, Katherine Howard, as a Maid of Honour during her marriage to Henry VIII. In 1542, when Katherine Howard was awaiting execution for treason, Lucy was supposedly mentioned in a letter by the imperial ambassador, Eustace Chapuys.

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  • A priest in the Little Ease, death from plague, and heretics meet their ends – January 25 – 31, Part 1

    On 25th January 1540, Jesuit priest and martyr, St Edmund Campion, was born in London. Although he was close to the Earl of Leicester and William Cecil at one point, he ended up being thrown into the Tower of London’s Little Ease and being executed as a traitor. Let me tell you his story in today’s video.

    On 26th January 1528, diplomat and courtier Sir Francis Poyntz died of the plague.

    On 27th January 1556, in the reign of Queen Mary I, Bartholomew Green, also known as Bartlet Green, was burnt at the stake for heresy with six other Protestants. He could have got away with receiving communion according to Protestant rites, but he did something that brought him to the attention of the queen and her government. Find out what he did, and about his sad end…

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  • Tudor Henrys Crossword Puzzle

    Henry was a rather popular name during the Tudor period, with many sons being named after the two King Henrys.

    But how much do you know about the Henrys of the Tudor period?

    Test yourself with this fun crossword puzzle.

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  • Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

    As it was the anniversary of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey’s execution this week, I thought I’d pay tribute to this Tudor man by giving you an overview of his life and sharing some of his works.

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