Here are a few stories from the past couple of weeks that caught my eye:
* ‘Witchmarks’ discovered at the Tower of London – Recent extensive conservation of the Queen’s House at the Tower of London has revealed something quite extraordinary… over 59 apotropaic symbols, or ‘witchmarks’ as they are commonly known. … The marks are thought to date back from around 1540 to the early 18th century.
* A magical glimpse into the Tudor imagination: Lost library of John Dee to be revealed – Treasured books from the lost Library of Tudor polymath John Dee will be revealed in a special exhibition at the Royal College of Physicians Museum in January 2016
* Yours for £2.1m, 9th-century manor house that is fit for a king (or several) – An historic Isle of Wight manor house previously owned by no less than eight British monarchs goes on the market
* Hidden portrait of Henry VIII’s only son, Edward VI, emerges in painting of boy king who died at 15 – A previously unknown portrait of Henry VIII’s only son, Edward VI, revealed by tree ring-dating to have been created shortly after the king’s death at the age of 15, has been discovered in the art collection of London’s Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.