Image: British Library
Here are the stories that caught my eye this past week:
* The best history books of 2014 – Jessie Childs’ God’s Traitors is on this list and several other year end history book round-ups. I really need to get to reading it!
* ‘Crown jewels’ of English lute music go online – Handwritten copies of scores by composers of English lute music have been digitised in a programme to make a precious legacy available to professional and amateur musicians around the world. – It might be time for me to dust off my music-reading skills, although I’m not sure how good these tunes would sound on clarinet or tin whistle.
* Henry VIII, the choir book and Alamire the spy – A choral work given to King Henry VIII has gone in at number two in the classical album charts, surprising the musicians who performed it. The piece was created by a duplicitous scribe and double agent who duped the King of England. – The manuscript in this article is available here at the British Library’s Digitised Manuscripts site (the image at the top of this post is from the site)
* BBC Two and BBC Four to accompany TV broadcast of Wolf Hall with collection of new factual programmes taking viewers deeper into the Tudor world – While Wolf Hall will be making it across the pond here to the US (airing on PBS – check your local stations!), I doubt these programs will. (sigh)