Picture of the Week #266

The Tithe Barn ruins at Sudeley Castle. Photo May 1998.

Posted in Picture of the Week | Leave a comment

Sunday Short Takes

* The Missing Tudors: black people in 16th-century EnglandThey were baptised and buried in parishes across the country, and even attended queens at court. So why, asks Onyeka, do we continue to airbrush black Africans out of Tudor England?

* Work starts on ‘exceptional’ Beauchamp Chapel in WarwickWork is set to start on the restoration of a 15th Century chapel, described by English Heritage as being “of exceptional interest”.

* Cardinal backs campaign to buy £5m Tudor-era mansionA heritage group hopes to raise almost £5 million to buy Sawston Hall, one of the most historic Catholic buildings in England.

* Damian Lewis Set to Star as Henry VIII in ‘Wolf Hall’ – I don’t like to post too much about casting rumors after seeing several fall through, but I have to admit that I’m kind of excited about this one (note to self: finish catching up on Homeland…)

And finally…

Thanks for Roland for reminding me about this film on Mary Queen of Scots by Swiss director Thomas Imbach that has been mostly shown at film festivals so far, but I think is aiming for a wider release. Has anyone managed to see it yet? Here’s the trailer:

Posted in Architecture News, Entertainment, Tudor History news and events | 3 Comments

Picture of the Week #265

Another view of Henry VII’s tower at Pembroke Castle. Photo May 2003.

Regular readers of this blog will not be surprised to see yet another photo of Pembroke Castle with yesterday being the anniversary of Henry VII’s birth. (Pembroke Castle is second only to the Tower of London in number of pictures… and I have visited the Tower three times – I’ve only been to Pembroke once!)

Posted in Picture of the Week | Leave a comment

Upcoming Books, Events, and Exhibitions for February 2014

Books

Once again I have to start out with a book that I missed from previous months!

Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, Their Presence, Status and Origins was released last October and looks like an interesting read!

And there is just one new release on my calendar for February:

Inside the Tudor Court: Henry VIII and His Six Wives Through the Writings of the Spanish Ambassador Eustace Chapuys by Lauren Mackay is out in February in both the UK and US.

And a book that has been out for a while in the UK and is now out in the US – Anna Whitelock’s Elizabeth’s Bedfellows: An Intimate History of the Queen’s Court was released last year in the UK and will be published with the title The Queen’s Bed: An Intimate History of Elizabeth’s Court on February 11 in the US.

New events and exhibitions

I almost missed this year’s Katharine of Aragon Festival at Peterborough Cathedral, but since I’m getting this posted before the end of the month, I have enough time to include it! This year’s festival will run January 31 through February 2.

Strange Beauty, a new exhibition on painters of the German Renaissance (including Hans Holbein) opens at the National Gallery in London on February 19, 2014 and runs through May 11, 2014.

Continuing events and exhibitions

* The Royal Shakespeare Company’s plays based on Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies opened on December 11th and 19th respectively and will run through March 29, 2014. They are both being staged at the Swan Theatre of the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon. Click the links on each title for information on tickets, rehearsal photos, and more.

* West Country to World’s End: the South West in the Tudor Age at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Gallery in Exeter opened October 26, 2013 and runs through March 2, 2014.

* The Museum of London has a new exhibition on the Cheapside Hoard, a collection of Elizabethan and Jacobean jewels that were found in a cellar in 1912. The exhibition opened October 11, 2013 and runs through April 27, 2014.

Posted in Book news, Entertainment, Tudor History news and events | Leave a comment

Picture of the Week #264

Walking under the Bloody Tower of the Tower of London. Photo May 1998

I love the spikes of the portcullis hanging ominously over tourists’ heads.

Posted in Picture of the Week | Leave a comment

Sunday Short Takes – Monday edition

Since I got side-tracked doing other things on Sunday and Monday is a holiday here in the US, you get a return of the “Sunday Short Takes – Monday edition”!

The big story that caused my Google alerts to light up was about a purported “last portrait” of Henry VIII. The story from The Daily Mail in the first link kicked it all off and I have to admit when I first saw the portrait and read the article, I was pretty skeptical about some of the claims of it being the last portrait Henry sat for. I’m definitely not a professional art historian but I was pretty sure people were jumping to conclusions. And thankfully some people who do know more about art history chimed have in with opinions on this being the “last” portrait of Henry VIII.

* Last ever’ painting of Henry VIII uncovered in Wiltshire after experts study TREE RINGS to prove it is from final year of his reign

* Not Henry VIII’s ‘last portrait’ – Good breakdown from Bendor Grosvenor, hitting the main points that immediately came to mind when I saw the first article.

* Henry VIII’s ‘last portrait’ at Longleat disputed by art historian

For the anniversary of Elizabeth I’s coronation on Wednesday, Culture 24 put together a nice summary of Elizabethan things to see in the UK:

* Elizabeth I: Where to find the 16th century Queen in museums and galleries

And finally, History Extra has launched a new video series with an introduction and an interview with Suzannah Lipscomb talking Tudors:

* Talking Tudors: Sam Willis meets Suzannah Lipscomb

Posted in Art News, Tudor History news and events | Leave a comment

Picture of the Week #263

Another view of the north front of Westminster Abbey. Photo May 2003.

Posted today in honor of the 455th anniversary of the coronation of Elizabeth I!

Posted in Picture of the Week | Leave a comment

Sunday Short Takes

We’re back! There were finally enough stories to put together a round-up this week!

* The Black Death and Tudor adventurers – The final History Extra podcast of 2013 featured James Evans, author of Merchant Adventurers: The Voyage that Launched Modern England

* Susan Bordo, author ofThe Creation of Anne Boleyn, discussed the Tudor queen on BBC Radio 4′s program “Woman’s Hour” and you can listen to that part of the show here (11 minutes).

* Wolf Hall: The changing faces of Thomas Cromwell – Tracy Borman discusses Cromwell for The Telegraph

* Sam Wanamaker Playhouse – The recreated Jacobean indoor theater next to The Globe in London (which I’ve linked to news on before) is now complete and open

And one final link for my follow needleworkers: I was looking through my latest issue of Cross Stitch & Needlework and saw they have a blackwork Tudor rose as one of the designs. And the cool thing is that they have the pattern as a free download on their website!

Posted in Re-enactments and Re-creations, Shakespeare, Tudor History news and events | Leave a comment

Frequently Asked Questions of 2013

Yes, it’s that time of year again – time to tally up the most popular topics of the questions that came in to the TudorHistory.org Questions and Answers Blog in the past year!

The number of questions declined a little from the previous year but not by much. For reasons that I’ve mentioned before, that’s not too surprising with the end of “The Tudors” and with the back-log of questions that have already been asked and answered. A few came in related to “The White Queen”, but not a whole lot.

The topics were pretty varied this past year. The highest number of questions were related to finding topics to research for college-level papers, in particular topics related to Tudor women. And, similar to previous years, people were looking for information on lesser-known figures of the court, etc. that they came across while doing family history research. There seems to be a little bit of an increase in architectural questions, which I love since that’s one of my big interests (that I still need to learn a lot about). A lot of the remaining questions were pretty specific topics, many asked by writers trying to get the details correct for their works in progress (which is great!), and some questions were just from good old-fashioned curiosity (which is great too!). And of course, the individual person named most often in questions was Anne Boleyn. Our fascination with her never fades!

Previous round-ups:
2012 questions
2011 questions
2010 questions
2009 questions
2008 questions

Posted in Site Updates and News | Leave a comment

Picture of the Week #262

The Old Queen’s Head pub in Chester. Photo May 2000.

I remember snapping this picture as we walked back to the car after a day in Chester because I was amused by the use of the “Elizabeth I as Princess” for the pub sign.

Posted in Picture of the Week | Leave a comment

2014 Shakespeare challenge and other goals

Since news is still slow coming off the holidays, I figured this was a good chance to blog a little about my goals for 2014. I know several people who are ditching the ‘resolutions’ for the new year and instead doing distinct, quantitative goals. So, here are a couple that are relevant to this site that I’m posting about to help keep me accountable. :)

The first is to write 10 book reviews. Authors and publishers have been so generous in sending me books over the years and I’ve been terrible about writing reviews for them. I figure that even though some of these books have been out for a while, better late than never!

The second is a Shakespeare challenge, since this April will be the 450th anniversary of his birth. I’m going to read, watch, or listen to all of Shakespeare’s works. I’m doing a sonnet a day and I’ve already watched two different versions of Much Ado About Nothing – the 2011 David Tennant/Catherine Tate stage one via Digital Theatre and the 2012 film version directed by Joss Whedon. Both were delightful! (I’ve seen the 1993 Kenneth Branagh version many times, so I’ll probably watch it again just for the heck of it.) I have a feeling that I’ll do the majority as movies and audiobooks, but I do have them all on my iPad for reading too.

The third goal is to check a few more things off my lengthy to-do list for the site, but that will have to remain a more vague and nebulous goal for now.

I’ll probably do a monthly accounting of the Shakespeare challenge, and of course the book reviews be posted as I get them written (I have to admit that the reviews will probably be the hardest of all my goals to meet, but I’m going to try!). And if you’re curious about all of my goals for the year, I’ve posted about them on my personal website.

And, once again, Happy New Year!

Posted in Shakespeare, Site Updates and News | Leave a comment

Upcoming Books, Events, and Exhibitions for January 2014

Books

In new releases:

Marilyn Roberts’ newest book Lady Anne Mowbray, The High and Excellent Princess is now in print. You can read more about the book and order it from Marilyn’s website by clicking the cover image below.

And a few books that have already been out for a while in the UK are out now in the US:

Chris Skidmore’s Bosworth will be out on January 14 in the US under the title The Rise of the Tudors: The Family That Changed English History

Susan Higginbotham’s The Woodvilles: The Wars of the Roses and England’s Most Infamous Family is now out in hardcover in the US

And Glenn Richardson’s The Field of Cloth of Gold will be out in the first week of January in the US after a November 2013 release in the UK

Continuing events and exhibitions

* The Royal Shakespeare Company’s plays based on Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies opened on December 11th and 19th respectively and will run through March 29, 2014. They are both being staged at the Swan Theatre of the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon. Click the links on each title for information on tickets, rehearsal photos, and more.

* Just a few days left! Elizabeth I & Her People opened at the National Portrait Gallery in London on October 10, 2013 and runs through January 5, 2014.

* West Country to World’s End: the South West in the Tudor Age at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Gallery in Exeter opened October 26, 2013 and runs through March 2, 2014.

* The Museum of London has a new exhibition on the Cheapside Hoard, a collection of Elizabethan and Jacobean jewels that were found in a cellar in 1912. The exhibition opened October 11, 2013 and runs through April 27, 2014.

Posted in Book news, Entertainment, Tudor History news and events | Leave a comment

Picture of the Week #261

Medieval banquet at Pembroke Castle. Photo May 2003.

This festive scene seemed like a good one to ring in 2014 with. Happy New Year everyone!

Posted in Picture of the Week | Leave a comment

Picture of the Week #260

I had a little fun with Photoshop again, this time playing with “A Fete at Bermondsey” by Joris Hoefnagel and some clip art.

I hope everyone has a nice holiday season, no matter what you celebrate this time of year!

Posted in Picture of the Week | 4 Comments

Sunday Short Takes

Another relatively short round-up this week!

An update on some of the continuing work at the site of Shakespeare’s last house, called New Place, in Stratford-upon-Avon:

* Shakespeare’s last house is ‘found’ by archaeologistsArchaeologists have been working on the site since 2009 and believe they have now identified features including kitchens and a brew house.

I received an email about this event coming up in April, but I thought I would go ahead and post it now in case it sells out:

* Tudor England conference with Dr. David Starkey – The event is on April 27, 2014 in Cambridge.

And finally:

* A tour of Tudor Christmas Customs at Blakesley Hall -

Posted in Archaeology News, Re-enactments and Re-creations, Tudor History news and events | 1 Comment

Picture of the Week #259

Some of the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, dissolved in 1539 under Henry VIII. Photo May 1998.

Posted in Picture of the Week | Leave a comment

Sunday Short Takes

News seems to be slowing down as we approach the end of the year, so it’s another short round-up this week. Two of the stories are more close to home for me than usual (one is *really* close), but first we start with the news from today:

* Peter O’Toole, Lawrence of Arabia star, dies aged 81 – Fans of “The Tudors” will remember him from season 2 when he played the Pope. Most people associate him with “Lawrence of Arabia” but for me, it’s his two turns as Henry II in “Becket” and “The Lion in Winter”.

The first closer-to-home story:

* What happened to the lost colony of Roanoke Island? Remote sensing unearths clues to 400-year-old American mystery – I’ve been interested in the Lost Colony since I first learned about it in my 8th grade American History class. Mrs. Lively, the teacher of that class, is responsible for more of my historical interests than probably anyone alive! (And yes, for those who have been around here for a long, long time, she’s the teacher who also sparked my interest in the Tudors.) Plus, it’s always fun to be reminded that there is Tudor history here in the States!

And finally, the very close-to-home story:

* Hans Holbein the Elder’s “Portrait of a Woman” and Silverpoint Technique – This is part of an exhibition running at my university’s art gallery. I knew there was at least one Holbein drawing in the exhibit, but what I didn’t realize until I saw this blog post is that it was by Hans Holbein *The Elder*. I’ve seen many paintings and drawings by Holbein The Younger (as I’m sure most Tudor history buffs have) son but I honestly don’t know if I’ve seen a work by the father before. I’m planning to do down and see the exhibit on my lunch hour later this week and of course I’ll be keeping an eye out for this one. The article itself is a fascinating look at the silverpoint technique.

Posted in Art News, Entertainment, Tudor History news and events | Leave a comment

“In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn” survey results and book give-away winners

The little survey I put together for the give-away is now closed and I’ll be emailing the two winners chosen through random.org shortly!

Unfortunately I messed something up on the survey and the data on the first question was lost, but the second one worked fine and here are the results:

These came out pretty much as I expected. For what it’s worth, I picked her coronation too. :)

Posted in Book news, Tudor History news and events | Leave a comment

Picture of the Week #258

Guy’s Tower of Warwick Castle. Photo May 1998.

Posted in Picture of the Week | Leave a comment

Sunday Short Takes

* More cannon found on Alderney Elizabethan wreck – More news on a find that I’ve been following for a few years now. (Search on “Alderney” in the side bar for previous articles.)

* The December issue of BBC History Magazine is out and features an article by Steven Gunn and Tomasz Gromelski on animal accidents in Tudor England (another interesting product of their research into coroner’s reports).

* Revealed: the tomb of Henry VIII’s forgotten son – Digital reconstructions of the tombs of Henry Fitzroy and Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk. (See this previous round-up for 2011 for some more articles related to this project.

* Spotted via the Lady Jane Grey Reference Guide, Dr. Stephan Edwards of Some Grey Matter has found and translated two Italian letters concerning Lady Jane Grey that seem to have been previously overlooked by scholars. Start here for the background on the letters and links to the originals and translations.

And finally:

* The annual Tanner Ritchie Holiday Sale is on! – A great time to stock up on their Tudor-era primary source texts.

Posted in Archaeology News, Book news, Tudor History news and events | 1 Comment