Sunday Short Takes


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 onlineHandwritten 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.

* Tudor dining: a guide to food and status in the 16th century

* Henry VIII, the choir book and Alamire the spyA 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)

* District council will consider emergency repairs to Henry VIII’s crumbling Tudor palace in Otford


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