Picture of the Week #425

St. Nicholas’ Church, Kenilworth. Photo May 2015.

Since my visit to Kenilworth in 1998 was too short, I decided when I went in 2015 that I would stay the whole day and visit not just the castle, but also the ruins of the old abbey and the parish church (both are an easy walk from the castle). Elizabeth I attended services at the church several times during her visits to Robert Dudley at Kenilworth Castle, especially during the famous 1575 stay. There are have been renovations and additions to the church since that time, but some parts date back to medieval times.

Upcoming Books and Exhibitions for January 2017

Happy 2017! Not a whole lot of things to start the year, but once again, I’m sure I’m missing a lot of stuff!

Books

First of the Tudors by Joanna Hickson was released in December in the UK and will be out at the end of January in paperback in the US (it’s already available as a Kindle book in the US).

And in new releases this month, Gareth Russell’s Young and Damned and Fair: The Life and Tragedy of Catherine Howard at the Court of Henry VIII will be out on January 12 in the UK and will be out in April in the US (wit the slightly different title of Young and Damned and Fair: The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII).

Events

Peterborough Cathedral’s annual Katherine of Aragon Festival for 2017 will be held from Thursday January 26th through Sunday January 29th.

Sunday Short Takes – Saturday edition

I wanted to get this final round-up of 2016 actually *in* 2016, hence the Saturday post. A lot of stories piled up in the final weeks of 2016 that I never got around to posting, so this is going to be a long one!

* Pembroke Castle study uncovers possible Henry VII birthplace

* Through foreign eyes: the forgotten ambassadors to the Tudor court

* V&A acquires earliest picture of Henry VIII’s lost palace of Nonsuch – More coverage: Rare painting of Henry VIII’s ‘lost palace’ saved from export and Watercolour of Henry VIII’s famed lost Palace of Nonsuch saved for the nation

* London church to be reunited with stolen 16th-century carvingSt Katharine Cree church delighted at return of decades-lost work, part of a monument to a famous Elizabethan

* The Lost Colony of Roanoke loses its portrait of Queen Elizabeth I – I guess this is the final chapter in a story that I’ve been following since 2008 (more here) since it has been sold in England by the nonprofit organization that runs the Elizabethan Gardens in the Outer Banks of North Carolina (at the site of the famous Lost Colony of Roanoke). I’m sad to see a portrait of Elizabeth leave the US, but I totally understand the motivations since funding is so tight for many nonprofits.

* New tower will reveal hidden world of Westminster Abbey – Plans continue to proceed to open the Triforium of Westminster Abbey into a museum, to be named the “Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries”. This is another story that I’ve been following for a number of years (since around 2009 or 2010, I think) and I’m glad to see this one is becoming real and plans to open in 2018! If you want to contribute to the fund, you can do so here.

* A “lost” Caesar tapestry – I’m linking to Mary Beard’s write-up of events, since so far most of the news stories I’ve seen about this seem to get it wrong.

* Six Wives in the Archives – the UK National Archives had several blog posts while Lucy Worsley’s “Six Wives” series ran on BBC One (coming to the US in early 2017!) with images of some primary source documents:
Six Wives in the archives: a view from Europe
Six Wives in the archives: the trial of Anne Boleyn
Six Wives in the archives: Howard’s end

And finally –

These are links that I’m going to put in the various Links Directory sections, but I thought I would link to them here too since they are all useful resources:

* Documents from Elizabeth I’s life and reign in the UK National Archives (classroom resource)

* The Paston Letters Online

* History Masterclass

* Everyday Life and Fatal Hazard in Sixteenth-Century England

Upcoming Books and Exhibitions for December 2016

Books

A couple of books that have already been released in the UK are out in the US this month:

Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey by Nicola Tallis will be out December 6 in the US.

And Suzannah Lipscomb’s The King is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII that came out last year in the UK is finally getting a US release on December 20th.

One new release this month – First of the Tudors a novel about Jasper Tudor by Joanna Hickson is out December 1 in the UK and out early next year in the US (for the paperback release, it looks like you might be able to get the Kindle edition sooner).

And just in time for the holidays – a great gift idea for you or the Tudor-history lover in your life (or just a celebration of saying a big “Adios!!” to 2016) – The Tudor Planner!

Designed by Heather Teysko of the Renaissance English History Podcast, the planner features:

Each monthly page has a quote from a famous Tudor personality, and a This Month in Tudor History highlight. Plus a listening recommendation for an English Renaissance album for that month (because my particular passion is 16th century music). All of the recommendations are in a public Spotify playlist with the link so you can easily listen whenever you like. The weekly pages have events that happened that month in Tudor history.

Click here or the picture above for more information on how to order your own copy!

Continuing Exhibitions

Windsor Castle will host Shakespeare in the Royal Library from February 13 through January 1, 2017 and includes works of Shakespeare collected by the royal family, accounts of performances at Windsor Castle, and art by members of the royal family inspired by Shakespeare’s plays.

Shakespeare Documented – Celebrating 400 years of William Shakespeare with an online exhibition documenting Shakespeare in his own time. The partners in this exhibition include The Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford, The British Library, The Folger Shakespeare Library, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and The National Archives. The exhibition will continue to expand throughout the year.

Sunday Short Takes

How about a round-up of some now-very-outdated-news? 🙂

I’ve skipped the “Marlowe as Shakespeare Co-author” news stories since you couldn’t swing a dead poet without hitting those, so here are a few other things from the past month and a half (UGH) that might have slipped past people that I thought were interesting.

* Human bones mystery uncovered at Anglesey churchThe bones were discovered during a project to clean and restore a rare alabaster stone tomb at St Gredifael’s Church near Menai Bridge. The tomb at Penmynydd is of Goronwy Tudur and his wife Myfanwy – part of Tudor family dynasty. – I visited the tomb myself back in 2000 so I was pleased to see that the it continues to be cared for. This was also the church where the stained glass window honoring the Tudor dynasty was smashed by vandals and then later restored.

* More than £40k raised for Pembroke’s Henry VII statuePlans to erect a statue of Henry VII in Pembrokeshire have moved a step forward.

* Theatre where Hamlet first performed given listed statusThe archaeological remains of two Elizabethan playhouses, one of which saw the first performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, have been given listed status. – More info from Historic England: Elizabethan Playhouses and Bear Baiting Arenas Given Protection

And finally –

* Elizabeth I’s Monarchy Classroom Resource from The National Archives – Fantastic collection of primary source documents related to Elizabeth’s life and reign compiled by Dr. Tracy Borman.

Upcoming Books, Exhibitions, and Events for November 2016

Books

A few books that have already been released in the UK will be out in the US this month –

First up is The Tudors in 100 Objects by John Matusiak which was released August 1 in the UK and will be out in hardback in the US at the beginning of November:

And Sarah Gristwood’s Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth Century Europe which was released last month in the UK and at the end of this month in the US.

And in new books this month, Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey by Nicola Tallis is out November 3 in the UK and will be out December 6 in the US.

Events

The second of this fall’s BBC History Magazine’s History Weekends is in York from November 18th to 20th.

Continuing Exhibitions

Ending soon – Will & Jane opened on August 6 and will run through November 6 and is the final of three exhibitions at the Folger Shakespeare Library, in addition to other events, during their year-long Wonder of Will celebrations.

Windsor Castle will host Shakespeare in the Royal Library from February 13 through January 1, 2017 and includes works of Shakespeare collected by the royal family, accounts of performances at Windsor Castle, and art by members of the royal family inspired by Shakespeare’s plays.

Shakespeare Documented – Celebrating 400 years of William Shakespeare with an online exhibition documenting Shakespeare in his own time. The partners in this exhibition include The Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford, The British Library, The Folger Shakespeare Library, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and The National Archives. The exhibition will continue to expand throughout the year.

Picture of the Week #413

Portrait of Edward VI, attributed to William Scots c. 1550, hanging at Hampton Court Palace. Photo May 2015.

I haven’t done a whole lot of portraits as Pictures of the Week yet, but I got a number of decent photos of paintings at Hampton Court Palace last year so I’m going to start using some going forward. This one is of the birthday boy, Edward VI, born 479 years ago today!

Picture of the Week #412

Wine Fountain and Hampton Court Palace. Photo May 2015.

For October I’ll be featuring Hampton Court Palace in honor of the birth of Edward VI and the death of Jane Seymour. The wine fountain was one of several things that had changed since my visits in 1998 and 2000 which gave me a lot of new things to take pictures of (and boy did I take a lot of photos there last year…).