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  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    A big thank you to Tudor Society member Nancy Mortensen Volgamore for sharing this thesis on William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with us. With it having been the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death recently, it seems fitting to share this now.

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  • Henrician statesman quiz

    How much do you know about the men who served King Henry VIII? Test yourself with this fun quiz.

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  • The Fall of Anne Boleyn – 8 May

    Listen to the recording of today’s events in 1536 from Claire Ridgway’s book “The Fall of Anne Boleyn”.

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  • Exclusive report – The Parker Family Tomb

    St Giles Church Great Hallingbury

    Tudor Society member Dr Catherine Helm-Clark has just completed research on the Parker family tomb complex which can be found in Church of St. Giles in Great Hallingbury, Essex. The Parkers being the family of Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford. With the help of Paul Walker, who went and photographed the tombs, Catherine has been able to transcribe and translate the tomb inscriptions. It’s amazing what she’s been able to do, and we are so grateful to her for sharing her research with us here at the Tudor Society.

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  • The Fall of Anne Boleyn – 7 May

    Listen to the recording of today’s events in 1536 from Claire Ridgway’s book “The Fall of Anne Boleyn”.

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  • Henry VII – Usurper?

    In today’s Claire chats I talk about the comments I often see on social media about Henry VII.

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  • The Sack of Rome by Heather R. Darsie

    6 May 1527. Pope Clement VII had been sitting on St. Peter’s Chair since 19 November 1523. An illegitimate member of the Medici clan, he was raised by his uncle Lorenzo de’ Medici, known as Lorenzo the Magnificent. His cousin was Pope Leo X, second son of Lorenzo the Magnificent and another Medici. Clement VII was originally trained for military service but showed a great interest in serving the clergy. Though it was traditional for illegitimate sons to be blocked from holding a bishopric, Clement VII’s cousin Leo X elevated him anyway, setting the stage for Clement VII to eventually become pope. Unfortunately, Clement VII proved to be an ineffective statesman and was caught between the powerful leaders of France, the Holy Roman Empire, and England: Francis I, Charles V and Henry VIII, respectively. This being caught between a rock and a hard place would set the stage for Rome to be overrun and defiled.

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  • The Fall of Anne Boleyn – 6 May

    Listen to the recording of today’s events in 1536 from Claire Ridgway’s book “The Fall of Anne Boleyn”.

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  • Thomas Wriothesley by Sarah Bryson

    Thomas Wriothesley (pronounced Riz-lee) was a prominent member of the court during the reign of King Henry VIII and his son King Edward VI. Born on 21 December 1505, Thomas was the first child and oldest son of William Wriothesley and Agnes, daughter of James Drayton. The couple went on to have three more children, daughters Elizabeth and Anne born in 1507 and 1508 respectively and a second son, Edward born in 1509.

    Wriothesley was educated at St Paul’s School, London before he went to Trinity Hall, Cambridge in around 1522. One of his teachers was the famous Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, who would play a large role in the religious discussions of Henry VIII’s later years. His fellow students reported that Wriothesley was intelligent, had integrity of mind and was very handsome.

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  • The Fall of Anne Boleyn – 5 May

    Listen to the recording of today’s events in 1536 from Claire Ridgway’s book “The Fall of Anne Boleyn”.

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  • The Fall of Anne Boleyn – 4 May

    Listen to the recording of today’s events in 1536 from Claire Ridgway’s book “The Fall of Anne Boleyn”.

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  • Il Politico: Niccolò Machiavelli by Heather R. Darsie

    On 3 May 1469, Bartolomea and Bernardo welcomed their first son, Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli, in Florence, Italy. By the time of Machiavelli’s birth, Florence was the cultural capital of the Tuscan region and is today regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Starting in 1434, the famed Medici family had come to control Florence. Machiavelli would seek to serve the powerful Medici family and write his most famous work, The Prince, in an attempt to convince them to employ him.

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  • The Fall of Anne Boleyn – 3 May

    Listen to the recording of today’s events in 1536 from Claire Ridgway’s book “The Fall of Anne Boleyn”.

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  • This week in history 2 – 8 May

    On this day in history events for 2nd to 8th May.

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  • Sir William Kingston and the Arrest of Anne Boleyn by Sarah Bryson

    On 2 May 1536, Anne Boleyn was ordered to present herself to the Privy Council. Standing before the Duke of Norfolk, Sir William Fitzwilliam and Sir William Paulet, Anne Boleyn was arrested for committing adultery with three men: Mark Smeaton, Henry Norris and an unnamed man.

    After lunch, Anne was escorted from Greenwich to the Tower of London. Popular myth tells of how Anne entered the Tower of London from the Thames through ‘Traitors Gate’. However, researchers and historians suggest that she would have arrived through the Court Gate near the Byward Tower – which was the common entrance for people of nobility and royalty. Here she was met by Sir Edmund Walsingham, the Lieutenant of the Tower, and escorted inside.

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  • The Fall of Anne Boleyn – 2 May

    Listen to the recording of today’s events in 1536 from Claire Ridgway’s book “The Fall of Anne Boleyn”.

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  • May Day Quiz

    Have fun today with this May Day Quiz – good luck!

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  • May Day

    1 May was seen as the first day of summer and had its roots in ancient celebrations of fertility. It was celebrated with special processions, plays and pantomimes, pageants, Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen. There would also be a Maypole, a tall wooden pole decorated with greenery and flowers and hung with ribbons. People would hold the ribbons and dance around the Maypole weaving the ribbons together in patterns.

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  • The Fall of Anne Boleyn – 1 May

    Listen to the recording of today’s events in 1536 from Claire Ridgway’s book “The Fall of Anne Boleyn”.

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  • Livechat transcript – Stephanie Mann – Thomas More

    Stephanie Mann on Thomas More

    Read the transcript from our live chat session with Stephanie Mann about Thomas More.

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  • The Fall of Anne Boleyn – audio day by day

    Listen to a sample of The Fall of Anne Boleyn which we’ll be serialising from 1 to 19 May.

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  • Catherine of Aragon – A true maid?

    In today’s Claire Chats, I talk about Catherine of Aragon, her marriage to Arthur Tudor and its implications in Henry VIII’s quest for an annulment of his marriage to Catherine.

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  • May Tudor Life Magazine Taster

    Tudor Life May 2016 is packed with 80 pages of Tudor fun and merrymaking this month… why not join the society to read more?

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  • May 2016 Tudor Life Magazine

    May’s magazine is a celebration of the arrival of Summer … let the merriment begin!

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  • 28 April 1603 – Elizabeth I’s funeral

    On 28th April 1603, Queen Elizabeth I’s funeral took place in London.

    After her death on 24th March 1603, the body of Queen Elizabeth I was placed inside a lead coffin and carried by night in a torchlit barge along the Thames from Richmond Palace to Whitehall. There, the Queen was to lie in state until her funeral, giving time for the new king, King James I (VI of Scotland) to travel down to London. While the coffin lay in state, a life-size effigy of the Queen, dressed in her royal robes, was placed on top of it to act as a symbol of the monarchy while there was no monarch in England.

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  • This week in history 25 April – 1 May

    On this day in history events for 25 April to 1 May.

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  • It is Not in the Stars to Hold Our Destiny, but in Ourselves by Heather R. Darsie

    Around 23 April 1564, a great mind was born in a small English market town. Such an immortal mind was baptised on 26 April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire. With inauspicious beginnings as the third of six children born, first to survive infancy, to a leather merchant and landed heiress, William Shakespeare would go on to lead the life of an intellectual lion, whose roar can still be heard throughout the world today.

    Shakespeare’s first poems, “The Rape of Lucrece” and “Venus and Adonis” were dedicated to his patron, Henry Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton, in the early 1590s. Beginning around 1594, Shakespeare joined a theatrical company known as the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, with the name changing to the King’s Men upon the accession of James I in 1603. Shakespeare is credited with writing more than 154 sonnets and 37 plays.

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  • 23 April 2016 – Shakespeare 400

    Today, 23rd April 2016, is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare on 23rd April 1616, a day which is also traditionally his birthday.

    Now I’m fond of Shakespeare, not only because I grew up just 12 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon, bis birthplace, but also because I love his work. I studied his plays at school and university, and I was fortunate to see a few of his plays being performed by the RSC. I have vivid memories of seeing Jonathan Pryce and Sinead Cusack in Macbeth and Jerome Flynn and Sophie Thompson in As You Like It. To this day, I can still recite Macbeth Act 1 Scene 1 by heart and a fair few lines of Hamlet’s To be or not to be soliloquy. And one of my favourite films is Baz Luhrmann’s version of Romeo and Juliet. Yes, it’s safe to say that I love the Bard!

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  • An Evening with the Authors

    Claire & Tim Ridgway, plus 17 other authors, many well-known history bloggers AND the Mary Rose Museum will be getting together on 24 September in central London for an amazing event “An Evening with the Authors”.

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  • An evening with the authors – 24 September 2016, London

    Yay! I’m so excited! On 24th September eighteen of MadeGlobal Publishing’s authors will be in London for “an evening with the authors”. This is your chance to mingle with 18 Tudor history authors (many of whom are Tudor Society contributors), have your photo taken with them by a professional photographer, get their autographs, discuss your book idea with MadeGlobal Publishing, and fire questions at the authors in a Q&A session.

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