Picture of the Week #271

Raglan Castle in Wales – childhood home of Henry VII. Photo May 2003.

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Picture of the Week #270

Vaulting over narrow medieval windows in the keep of Dover Castle. Photo May 2003.

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Sunday Short Takes

Quick and dirty round-up this week – I’ve worked the past two Saturdays and I’m completely knackered after yesterday in particular (working this, for those interested) and in general.

* March 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine out now – featuring a cover article on Chapuys and the Six Wives of Henry VIII by Lauren Mackay

* Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn: Suzannah Lipscomb dispels myths about the lovers who changed history

* The Lovers Who Changed History – Related to above, a post from the British Library Manuscripts Blog about Anne Boleyn’s Book of Hours

* TannerRitchie and the Scottish Record Society announce new agreement

* York’s ‘royal’ museums to get massive makeoversMonk Bar will play host to The Richard III Experience, while Micklegate Bar will become home to The Henry VII Experience.

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Upcoming Books, Events, and Exhibitions for March 2014

Books

Just a couple of books this month!

First up is God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England by Jessie Childs, author of the award-winning Henry VIII’s Last Victim: Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey. Her new work is due out on March 6 in the UK and April 22 in the US. I have an advance copy sitting here right next to me – although it should be of no surprise that it is part of a huge to-read pile so who knows when I will get to it!

And the other new release this month is Nathen Amin’s Tudor Wales: A Guide. I’m looking forward to picking this one up! I’ve visited quite a few places in Wales with ties to Tudor history but I’m sure there are many more left to explore. The book is due out on March 13 in the UK and at some point in March in the US.

New(ish) Exhibition opening this month

I say “newish” because this is an exhibition that has already been held in London and is now opening in Edinburgh. So, if you missed out on In Fine Style when it was at Buckingham Palace, you can catch it now at the Palace of Holyroodhouse from March 14 to July 20!

Continuing events and exhibitions

* Just a few days left! 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 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.

* 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.

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

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Picture of the Week #269

Leather shoes recovered from the Mary Rose. Photo June 2000.

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Sunday Short Takes

First up is an article from the February History Today I missed a few weeks ago. (Note – you’ll need a subscription to read the full article.)

* Thomas Cromwell’s Abbess, Margaret VernonHenry VIII’s masterful administrator and reformer forged an unlikely friendship with a female religious, as Mary C. Erler explains.

Next up, a story about an interesting find in Deptford

* Deptford Dockyard royal Tudor foundation stone discovered with King Henry VIII’s initials

And I wanted to give a signal boost to the new blog at ElizabethI.org, run by my friend Heather! She’s also launched a Google+ page – go check them out!

Finally…

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted some great historic properties on the market that I dream of buying should I win the lottery (actually *playing* the lottery would probably help my chances…). These two were posted by Jonathan Foyle on Twitter last week and caught my eye. If you’re on Twitter and interested in historic British buildings, he’s a must follow!

Both of these date from the late 15th century and have a bunch of architectural features that I love. If I were to actually win the lottery, I’d have a tough time choosing!

This first one is in Powys, near Offa’s Dyke:

And this one is in Chagford, Devon:

Click on the picture to go to the listings pages for more pictures and more information. And if you just happen to be in the market and purchase one of these properties, please invite me for a visit! :)

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Picture of the Week #268

Side of Hatfield House. Photo May 2000.

I think I’ve only used photos of the Old Palace and the park prior to this. Technically Hatfield House post-dates the Tudor period but is definitely worth a visit for the art collection alone. There are several well-known portraits of Elizabeth I there, as well as the “Fete at Bermondsey”, and many other interesting artifacts.

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Sunday Short Takes

The story that lit up my news alerts the most this past week was the announcement that a team of researchers working on the DNA of Richard III are going to map the king’s complete genome:

* Richard III: Scientists to sequence DNA

Another popular story last week was the auction of another supposed flag from the Battle of Bosworth (see here for a link to another from past September):

* Richard III’s ‘Battle of Bosworth flag’ sold at Suffolk auction

In “Tudors on TV” news – Suzannah Lipscomb’s newest program, a two-part documentary on Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s relationship, starts Thursday on Channel 5 in the UK:

* Henry & Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History

And finally…

I just wanted to give a shout-out to the British Library’s Flickr account, which now has over 1 million public domain images from their collections. And of course there are some Tudor-history-related items in there, such as the one above of Henry VIII and Will Somers from the Psalter of Henry VIII and this one of the Trial of Mary Queen of Scots as just a few examples!

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Picture of the Week #267

The White Tower of the Tower of London. Photo June 2000.

It seemed appropriate to post a picture from the Tower this week since it features heavily in many important events in Tudor history that occurred in mid-February.

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Picture of the Week #266

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

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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:

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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!)

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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!

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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

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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.

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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!

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