Thanks for those who were on last night’s live chat with Jessie Child. We had a lot of fun and it felt like we were all sitting around a big table chatting about our favourite subject – the Tudors!
For those that weren’t able to make the chat, don’t worry. Here is the transcript: [Read More...]
The moated manor house of Baddesley Clinton is situated in picturesque Warwickshire countryside about 9 miles outside Birmingham. It is owned by the National Trust and is open to the public for much of the year.
The house was originally built in Saxon times and grew steadily into a solid sandstone construction with a moat. Much of the house you see today was built by Henry Ferrers, a lawyer, diarist and antiquarian, in the late 1500s. Records show that Baddesley was a sumptuous and splendidly decorated mansion in the late Tudor period but as the Ferrers family fortunes declined, so did the decoration.
Just to let those of you with access to the UK’s BBC 2 know that Dan Snow’s three part series “Armada – 12 Days to Save England” starts this Sunday (24 May) at 9pm. [Read More...]
On this day in history, 19th May 1554, the 18th anniversary of her mother Anne Boleyn’s execution at the Tower of London, the future Elizabeth was released from her prison in the Tower of London and placed under house arrest.
Nobody knows what was going through Elizabeth’s mind as she left the Tower on the anniversary of her mother’s execution, but being released from the Tower was not a relief for the young woman as she feared that she was going to be assassinated on her way to Woodstock, where she was going to be placed under house arrest. [Read More...]
Today is the anniversary of the execution of Anne Boleyn so here are some links to articles and an audio extract for you to enjoy. [Read More...]
On this day in history events for 18-24 May. [Read More...]
At dawn on 18 May 1565, exactly 450 years ago, watchmen manning Malta’s coastal defences saw an awesome and terrifying sight. Between them and the orb of the rising sun the sea was black with a mighty battle fleet. [Read More...]
Thank you to Tudor Life magazine contributor Kyra Kramer for this excellent article on Sir Henry Norris, Henry VIII’s Groom of the Stool, and the fall of Anne Boleyn. Over to Kyra…
Of all the men who were falsely accused of being Anne Boleyn’s companions in adultery, to point a finger at Henry Norris makes the most sense in terms of proximity and politics but the least sense in terms of his close relationship with Henry VIII.
If historian Greg Walker is correct in his 2002 proposal that Anne’s downfall was not due to her miscarriage of a male foetus in January of 1536 but instead to some hasty words she said in spring, then Norris was a ready-made target. One day in late April, the queen asked Henry Norris, who was the king’s groom of the stool and engaged to her cousin Madge Shelton, when he planned to wed. Norris hedged that he would wait just a bit longer, which vexed Anne. In her anger she told him he was looking for “dead men’s shoes, for if ought came to the king but good, you would look to have me”. This was a major blunder. It was treason to even think about the death of the king, let alone to talk about whom his queen might marry after his demise. Norris was appalled and Anne knew almost immediately that she had said something dangerous. She sent Norris to her chaplain, John Skyp, to swear that she was a good woman and faithful to the king. [Read More...]
How much do you know about Anne Boleyn’s fall in 1536? [Read More...]
In today’s Claire Chats video I talk about that essential accessory of the Elizabethan era, the ruff, and how it developed over time and how fashions changed. [Read More...]
Historian Derek Wilson is speaking at the Telegraph Ways With Words Festival of Words and Ideas at Dartington Hall, in Devon, on 10th July. [Read More...]
New Tudor bios on the site. [Read More...]
On this day in history events for 11-17 May. [Read More...]
Test your knowledge on Tudor children’s clothes with this fun quiz. [Read More...]
In today’s Claire Chats video I talk about what the children of wealthy families wore in Henry VIII’s reign. [Read More...]
Tudor Society member and contributor Conor Byrne is at this very moment sitting his finals at university and our book reviewer Charlie Fenton also has exams coming up, so we would just like to wish them the best of luck with their exams. [Read More...]
On 13th May at 7pm, Dr Elizabeth Goldring will be talking about her book Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and the World of Elizabethan Art: Painting and Patronage at the Court of Elizabeth I at Lord Leycester's Hospital in Warwick, UK.
Tickets can be purchased at Warwick Books, 24 Market Place, Warwick for £3.50 (£2 concessions). You can find out more about the talk at www.warwickbooks.net/events/meet-the-author-with-warwick-books-elizabeth-goldring/.
Elizabeth has written a wonderful article on Robert Dudley for the June issue of Tudor Life magazine.
Jessie Childs shares with us a talk she did at the Jaipur Literature festival on what life was like for Catholics living in Elizabethan England. [Read More...]
From now until 22nd November 2015, Hever Castle is exhibiting a late medieval bed believed to have been the marriage bed of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. It is on loan from the Langley Collection.
Extensive research has been done regarding the provenance of the bed, including DNA testing of the timber. You can read more about the bed and the research at the following links:
Also in The Bed of Roses exhibition is a newly purchased 16th Century replica of a painting of Henry VIII by Joos van Cleve. Go to www.hevercastle.co.uk/ to find out more about the castle and visiting it.
Situated in the beautiful countryside of Kent, UK, Hever Castle was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, one of the most famous women in English history. [Read More...]
On this day in history events for 4-10 May. [Read More...]
Enjoy this quiz on Tudor men’s clothes. [Read More...]
Following on from last week’s Claire Chat’s video on Tudor women’s costume, today I’m looking at what men wore at Henry VIII’s court. [Read More...]
The Pilgrimage of Grace initially formed as a series of revolts which originated in Lincolnshire. The people were unhappy with the dissolution of their Abbey in Louth, upset with many of the government commissions in the area which were being conducted to look at the resources that the smaller monasteries had as well as the conduct of the clergy. There was also widespread rumour that the government would confiscate the jewels, plate and wealth of the monasteries and also impose new taxes upon the people. [Read More...]
Historian Derek Wilson has just informed me that he’s doing a series of articles on the six Thomases of Henry VIII’s reign over on his blog. Here are some clickable links for you: [Read More...]
On this day in history events for 27 April to 3 May. [Read More...]
The May Tudor Life Magazine (for members only) has a huge 106 pages with 57 pages dedicated to Anne Boleyn … don’t miss out on the amazing special edition [Read More...]
Here’s the May Tudor Life magazine with a huge 57 page special on Anne Boleyn plus all our regular items and contributors! [Read More...]
A fun quiz on the costume worn by women in the Tudor period. [Read More...]
In this week’s Claire Chats, I look at what women at Henry VIII’s court wore and what layers their outfits were made up of. I do hope you enjoy the talk and slides. [Read More...]