Sunday Short Takes

Lots of interesting links this week!

* Hilary Mantel discusses Thomas Cromwell’s past, presence and futureThe Wolf Hall author tells the Edinburgh book festival of her plans for the conclusion of her Tudor trilogy

* Sudeley Castle: the curious life and death of Katherine ParrSudeley Castle commemorates 500 years since the birth of Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s wives.

* Lambert Simnel, a counterfeit kingOnce upon a time a good-looking Oxford youth, the son of a carpenter, was taken away from his home city and crowned King of England by an archbishop — properly attended with all due pomp and ceremony by peers of the realm.

* Witchcraft in Tudor TimesBritish attitudes to witchcraft during the Tudor era tended to be less extreme than those of contemporary Europeans.

* A Woman’s Place? Learning and the Wives of Henry VIIIMaria Dowling considers the contribution of Henry VIII’s queens in promoting new learning and religion at the Tudor court. (Interesting article from the archives at History Today)

* What is an Historian? – This topic has come up a few times recently, and here are some thoughts by J. Stephan Edwards of Some Grey Matter.

It has been a while since I’ve posted about a neat historical property that has come on the market and now I have two! Here’s a good one for fans of the ‘black and white’ style:

* Bridgnorth Elizabethan manor going for £275,000Bishop Percy’s House, one of the oldest buildings in Bridgnorth, was one of the few properties to survive the great fire of Bridgnorth in 1646.

And this second one, sent in by Marilyn R., is Chesworth House where Kathryn Howard lived before moving to Lambeth (got a spare £7 million?):

* A Magnificent Tudor country houseChesworth House is a well positioned Grade II* Listed country house surrounded by outstanding gardens, grounds and paddocks in an idyllic setting on the banks of the River Arun.


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