The Tudor Society
  • Tudor Life May 2021 Taster

    Enjoy this sample copy of our May 2021 Tudor Life magazine, all about Envy and then join the Tudor Society and enjoy ALL of our back issues all the way back to 2014! That’s 81 massive Tudor-packed magazines!

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  • 26 April – Catherine Carey

    Today is the anniversary of Mary Boleyn’s daughter’s marriage in 1540.

    Mary’s daughter was Catherine Carey and you can find out about her in this #TudorHistoryShorts video…

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  • Live chat transcript with Nicola Tallis

    Thanks to all those who came to our chat with Nicola Tallis. We had an lively and informative discussion and so many questions were asked and answered by Nicola.

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  • 25 April – St Mark’s Day

    Happy St Mark's Day!

    How as St Mark's Day celebrated in Tudor times?

    Find out in this #TudorHistoryShorts video...

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  • Shakespeare’s Plays Wordsearch

    As Friday was the anniversary of the traditional birthdate of the Bard, William Shakespeare, on 23rd April 1564, I thought we’d celebrate by testing your knowledge of his plays.

    How much do you know about Shakespeare’s plays?

    Find out with this fun wordsearch!

    Warning: the words can go in any direction!

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  • 24 April – A Tudor tip for divining your future husband

    Happy St Mark’s Eve! St Mark’s Eve was time to divine your future husband in medieval and Tudor times, but how were you supposed to do that?

    Find out how to do it in this #tudorhistoryshorts video.

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  • World Book Day: The Raven’s Widow and its New Dimension

    Today is World Book Day! It’s a day where we celebrate books and encourage everyone to read. For the UK and Ireland this is not the case, they are the only ones to celebrate it on a different day. For this occasion, we are treating you with an amazing interview with the lovely Adrienne Dillard. Her book ‘The Raven’s Widow’ will be coming out soon as an audio book!

    The Raven’s Widow is a novel about Anne Boleyn’s sister-in-law, Jane Boleyn. Written by Adrienne Dillard, who works in the financial services by day, but spends all her free time on writing and researching the women of Henry VIII’s court. We talked to Adrienne about her book, Tudor fascination and why she believes Jane suffered from a mental illness. 

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  • 23 April – St George, patron saint of England

    23rd April is St George’s Day, but when did he become England’s patron saint and why?

    Who was the patron saint before him?

    Find out…

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  • Trace Italienne Forts, The Siege of Haddington – Interview with Jon Cooper

    This Friday we have a super special treat for you – an in-depth interview with Jon Cooper by Catherine Brooks. In this talk, we learn about the dramatic changes in warfare that were happening during the Tudor period and how defensive fortifications had to change. Jon focuses on trace italienne fortifications as used at Haddington.

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  • 22 April – Isabella I

    Isabella I of Castile, one of Spain’s famous “Reyes Catolicos” (Catholic monarchs) was born on 22nd April 1451.

    Hear a few facts about this famous Spanish queen and how she relates to the Tudors…

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  • Artists in the Spotlight – Shera

    Shera is next on our list full of amazing artists! She is 31 years old and is based in California where she makes the most beautiful jewellery. We asked her a couple of questions about her Tudor bracelet collection.

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  • 21 April – A new king for England!

    On this day in Tudor history, 21st April 1509, Henry VII died and his son came to the throne as Henry VIII.

    What did the people think of this news?

    In this #TudorHistoryShorts, I share two contemporary sources about Henry VIII’s accession.

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  • 20 April – An oath to swear

    n this day in Tudor history, on 20th April 1534, in the reign of King Henry VIII, prominent Londoners were called to swear a special oath.

    Just what was the Oath of the Act of Succession? What were people swearing to?

    Find out in this latest #TudorHistoryShorts video…

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  • 19 April – Being a bookseller was a risky business!

    Being a bookseller in Tudor times could be a risky business, particularly if you had the wrong kind of books on your premises!

    On 19th April 1601, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, bookseller James Duckett was hanged at Tyburn. Find out why in this #TudorHistoryShorts…

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  • Elizabeth’s Mysterious Black Pearls

    In the Ermine Portrait, Elizabeth I is seen wearing a black pearl necklace. But how did this jewel from the Italian Medici family end up in the hands of the British Royal family? 

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  • 18 April – A short-lived reward for Cromwell

    On this day in Tudor history, 18th April 1540, just three months before he went to the scaffold, Thomas Cromwell was given two rewards by King Henry VIII.

    Find out more about these rewards…

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  • Tudor Weather Puzzle

    This week’s puzzle is a crossword puzzle testing your knowledge of Tudor weather.

    How much do you know about weather events in the Tudor period?

    Find out with this fun crossword puzzle.

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  • 17 April – A stolen head!

    On this day in Tudor history, 17 April 1554, in the reign of Queen Mary I, celebrations for the acquittal of a Tudor courtier led to the head of his fellow rebel being stolen. It was the head of Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger.

    Find out what happened

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  • 16 April – The Mary Rose

    On this day in Tudor history, in the reign of King Henry VIII, a ship that would become the king’s favourite flagship began her first tour of duty.

    Find out more about The Mary Rose’s career in this video…

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  • Livery Badges – Julian Humphrys

    This Friday’s video is a fascinating look into livery badges and a special focus on the white boar badge that was used by Richard III’s household and followers and which was found at the site of the Bosworth battle.

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  • 15 April – Blows and evil words from Elizabeth I

    On this day in Tudor history, courtier Sir John Scudamore was laid to rest. His wife served Queen Elizabeth I and appears to have suffered in doing so.

    Find out what happened to Mary Scudamore in this #TudorHistoryShorts video:

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  • A Tudor Funeral

    Sadly, Prince Philip passed away on the 9th of April 2021 at the age of 99. On Saturday the 17th of April the funeral will be held at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Nowadays, a royal funeral is no longer for the family alone, all the world can watch it online. This was very different for the Tudors. What were their funeral traditions?

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  • 14 April 1556 – Conspirator cheats executioner

    On this day in Tudor history, 14th April 1556, in the reign of Queen Mary I, Sir Anthony Kingston, died at Cirencester. He was on his way to London to face charges that had been laid against him, and it’s likely that he would have been executed.

    Why? What had he done?

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  • Polydore Plasden (1563-1591)

    Polydore Plasden was born in 1563 and was the son of a London horner. He was educated at Rheims and then at the English College in Rome. He was ordained as a priest on 7th December 1586. He remained in Rome for a year after his ordination and then moved back to Rheims, where he stayed from 8th April to 2nd September 1588.

    When Polydore returned to England in 1588, he ministered in Sussex and London until 1591, at which point he was captured on 2nd November. He was captured in London at Swithun Wells’ house, where Edmund Gennings was celebrating Mass alongside other fellow Catholics who were captured beside Polydore.

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  • 13 April 1630 – The priest harbouring countess

    On this day in Tudor history, 13th April 1630, Anne Howard (née Dacre), Countess of Arundel, died at Shifnal.

    Anne was the eldest daughter of Thomas Dacre, 4th Lord Dacre of Gilsand, and wife of Philip Howard, 13th Earl of Arundel, but there are some other interesting facts about this Tudor lady.

    Find out more about this Countess of Arundel…

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  • 12 April 1533 – Outrage at Anne Boleyn’s behaviour

    I’ve gone back to doing “on this day” videos as I know people enjoy daily videos. The new ones, however, are YouTube Shorts, so under a minute long, just to give key interesting facts. If I’ve done a longer video in the past then I will share those too. Doing these shorts just gives me more time to create longer videos on Tudor topics.

    On this day in Tudor history, 12th April 1533, Anne Boleyn’s behaviour caused a stir and Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, was outraged. He didn’t know she was actually queen. In his eyes, there was one queen: Catherine of Aragon.

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  • Henry VIII Quiz

    As April is the anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession in 1509, following the death of his father, Henry VII, I thought I’d test your knowledge of Henry VIII with a quiz.

    How much do you know about this iconic Tudor king?

    Get those little grey cells working with this fun quiz.

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  • A heretic cardinal, the other Tudor Drake, and a plotting baron

    In part two of This Week in Tudor History for the week beginning 5th April, I talk about why Pope Paul IV branded Cardinal Pole a heretic and took away his legatine powers, before introducing you to a sea captain named Drake, but not Sir Francis Drake, and telling you about John Lumley, a baron who was involved with the Ridolfi Plot but kept his head, and a man who was recorded as owning a full-length portrait of Anne Boleyn.

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  • Tudor Society members only Facebook group

    In this week’s Friday video, Tudor Society founder Claire shares some exciting news for members, another opportunity to talk about our very favourite period in history – the Tudors!

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  • Expert answer – How were battlefields cleared?

    “I have a fascination to learn by whom, how and to what extent the battlefields of Bosworth, Flodden, Stoke Field and others were cleared in the aftermath. What happened to what was left – carnage, the armour, horses, weapons, personal effects and of course the bodies?”

    Our military historian Julian Humphrys of the Battlefields Trust has answered the question. A big thank you to him!

    In general terms it was very much a case of ‘to the victor, the spoils’ with the army left in possession of the field at the end of a battle having the pick of whatever remained there. Indeed, battles of the Medieval and Tudor periods were frequently followed by an intense period of clearing up with everything of potential value being taken by the winners. There was nothing particularly new in this – the lower section of the Bayeux Tapestry shows little men gathering up swords and stripping the dead of armour while the fighting rages above them.

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