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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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  • Tudor Life February 2021 Taster

    Become a member and enjoy the magazine along with monthly expert talks, live chats, exclusive videos, resources, articles and more - click here. We have a 14-day free trial so there's nothing to stop you.

    The full February Tudor Life magazine contains:

    • Sloth in the Spirit? Mary I’s restoration of Catholicism to England by James Baresel
    • Remedies against Sloth by Claire Ridgway
    • Thomas More and his Daughter Margaret by Sarah-Beth Watkins
    • Queen Catherine of Aragon as Regent of England by Susan Abernethy
    • Rival Sisters by Roland Hui
    • In Which Year Quiz by Catherine Brooks
    • Editor’s Picks: Books on Sloth by Gareth Russell
    • Lazy Liabilities: Sloth, Sin and Sovereigns by Gareth Russell
    • Tudor Charlwood and Leigh: Part 1 by Ian Mulcahy
    • Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder by Toni Mount
    • Richard III: A Failed King | Wolf Hall Companion book reviews by Charlie Fenton
    • How to survive Lent by Rioghnach O’Geraghty

    Click on the magazine BELOW to open up the taster right now...

  • 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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  • Channel 5 is looking for new faces…

    We’ve been contacted by Channel 5 (UK) who have launched a New Faces, New Voices initiative to help with their search for a wide selection of diverse people to share their passions, enthusiasm, expertise and knowledge. The search has already begun and will end Friday 12th February 2021.

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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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  • This week in Tudor History – 18-24 January – Part 2

    Part 2 of “This week in Tudor History” covers Tudor history events from 22nd to 24th January.

    22nd January 1561, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I – The birth of politician, philosopher, author and scientist Francis Bacon at York House, the Strand, London. Bacon is known as “the Father of the Scientific method” and Baconians believe that he was the true author of some or all of William Shakespeare’s plays…

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  • This week in Tudor History – 18-24 January – Part 1

    Part 1 of “This week in Tudor History” covers Tudor history events from 18th to 21st January.

    Find out all about these Tudor events…

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  • Quiz – Match the words to the Tudor monarch

    Who said what and to whom?

    How much do you know about the words written and spoken by the Tudor kings and queens?

    Test yourself with today’s fun quiz.

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  • Get involved in my videos

    As you know, I do regular Tudor history-themed videos for YouTube and I just wanted to share with you an idea Tim had for my channel.

    The idea is for viewers to actually be a part of my videos by recording themselves asking a question. The topic is the Tudors: fact or fiction?

    Do you have a burning question about a Tudor novel, TV series or movie? Well, here’s your chance to be in a video and get your question answered.

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  • The Royal Supremacy and the Break with Rome

    On this day in history, 15th January 1535, in his privy chamber, in the presence of men including Thomas Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell, the Duke of Norfolk, and Thomas Audley, Henry VIII proclaimed that he was now the supreme head of the Church in England.

    But why had he taken this title and what events had led to this proclamation?

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  • This week in Tudor History – 11 – 17 January – Part 2

    This second part of this week’s “This week in Tudor History” covers events that took place in the Tudor period on 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th January. Find out all about these Tudor events

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  • Off with her head – A History Channel Podcast including an interview with Claire

    Just before Christmas I recorded an interview with the History Channel podcast team, which was fun to do as it’s always lovely to talk about Tudor history, and especially Anne Boleyn.

    If you’re in an English speaking country, you should be able to find the podcast on your usual podcast platform. Here’s the blurb and a few links for you:

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  • This week in Tudor History – 11 – 17 January – Part 1

    This week, I thought I’d split the week into two, so this video covers Tudor history events that took place on 11th, 12th and 13th January – the execution of a printer, the death of a baron, soldier and naval commander, the death of a godson of Henry VIII…

    Below, you’ll also find videos from previous years that cover these dates.

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  • Tudor Marys Wordsearch

    Mary was a very popular name in the Tudor period, with people naming their daughters after the Virgin Mary, godmothers and royalty, but can you use the clues to find the surnames of important Tudor Marys in this wordsearch?

    Remember, the words can go in any direction!

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  • Lil’s Reviews – Innocent Traitor

    In the first of a long series of book reviews, this week we have Lil with a review of her favourite Tudor book – Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir.

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  • John Neville, 4th Baron Latimer (1520-1577)

    John Neville, 4th Baron Latimer, was born in around 1520 and was the only son of John Neville, 3rd Baron Latimer and his first wife, Dorothy de Vere. After his first wife’s death, the 3rd Baron married Elizabeth Musgrave; however, she also sadly died. In 1534, the 3rd Baron Latimer ¡married Katherine Parr, who was at that time Lady Borough, widow of Sir Edward Borough. This made John Neville the Younger the stepson of Katherine Parr.

    It is said that Katherine was a kind stepmother to John and his sister, Margaret, evidenced by the latter’s will dated 1545, which thanked Katherine for her education and the kindness and love she had received when younger.

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  • Heart Burial

    In today’s edition of Teasel’s Tudor Trivia, Teasel and I look at the practice of heart and entrails burial.

    Was it common to bury the heart and entrails separately from the rest of the body in medieval and Tudor times?

    Why would people have their organs and body buried separately?

    I answer these questions and also give real examples, including those of prominent Tudor people and royalty.

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