Sunday Short Takes

Finally, enough stories to do another round-up!

* The Roanoke Island Colony: Lost, and Found? – Some new developments in the search for the Lost Colony (one of my all-time favorite historical mysteries!)

* 12 buildings in use today that were around when King Richard III was on the throne

* The story that has lit up my alerts the most over the past week was about the discovery of a pipe in Shakespeare’s garden that tested positive for cannabis that created a lot of “Shakespeare was a pothead” headlines. Thankfully at least one article I came across took a more skeptical view of directly associating the find with the Bard himself: How the Web Got Suckered into Thinking Shakespeare Was a Stoner

* Wanna spend the night at Hampton Court Palace? You’ll have the chance on the night of September 26!

* Another neat opportunity – apply to be in the studio audience for the next Great History Quiz at the BBC, this time featuring the Tudors, on September 8.

And finally –

* A neat video from Historic Royal Palaces demonstrating how they wash their tapestries

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Entrance of Blickling Hall. Photo May 2015.

As I’m sure many of you know, the current Blickling Hall post-dates the Tudor period and was built over the estate that belonged to the Boleyns. Still, I would heartily recommend a visit if you’re traveling in Norfolk, especially if you’re a garden enthusiast.

Upcoming Books and Events for August 2015

Another short round-up this month, which no doubt means I’ve missed some things.


Both of these are books that have been previously released and will be out in the US later on August 19:

David Loades’ latest work The Seymours of Wolf Hall:

And The Middle Ages Unlocked: A Guide to Life in Medieval England 1050-1300 by Gillian Polack and Katrin Kania:


Although it isn’t until September, I thought I would go ahead and list the first of two BBC History Magazine’s History Weekends occurring this year since I know they are quite popular! The September event will be the weekend of the 25th to the 27th and will be held in York. The speaker list and ticket information are available here.

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Palmer’s house at Mary Arden’s Farm, Wilmote (near Stratford-upon-Avon). Photo May 2015.

Mary Arden’s farm is another place I’ve been able to check off my list of places to properly visit after only driving by on a previous trip. I spent a good part of the day at the farm touring all their living history demos and visiting the buildings – very enjoyable!

Sunday Short Takes

These links are from last week but since I didn’t have any new ones to add this week I figured I’d go ahead and post these two:

* Shakespeare schoolroom to be restored in £1.4m schemeA building where William Shakespeare went to school and saw theatre performances is to be restored thanks to a £1.4m lottery grant.

* New Bodleian Libraries website makes academic material publicA new website has made thousands of books, maps and manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford available to the public. Direct link to Bodleian website here

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Framlingham Castle across the mere. Photo May 2015.

This seemed like a good time to use one of the new photos of Framlingham Castle from this year’s trip. It was there this week in 1553 that Mary I rallied to defend her claim to the throne during the brief reign of Jane Grey.

Sunday Short Takes

Welcome to this week’s news round-up! There probably won’t be one next week because I’ll be traveling for work, but I’ll save up any interesting stories that come along and do another round-up on the 19th.

* Terror in Elizabethan England – Podcast of Jessie Childs’ talk from the 2014 History Weekend

* James V’s lost tapestries recreated at Stirling CastleA 14-year project to recreate the lost tapestries of the Scottish king James V has been completed at Stirling Castle. Learn more at Historic Scotland.

* Preparing the Tower for the TudorsOnce again the Tower will play host to Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, and we will be inviting our visitors to take part in the preparations and celebrations for Anne’s coronation. Learn more at Historic Royal Palaces.

And finally…

I was over at the Harry Ransom Center over my lunch break to see the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland exhibition before it closes on Monday and I stopped by to see the Gutenberg Bible as usual and noticed that they had turned the page since my last visit. And that got me wondering how and when they turned the pages. Just my luck, that same day they posted about it on their blog! And now you can learn about it too – The Gutenberg Bible turns a new page

Upcoming Books and Events for July 2015


It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that I missed some releases last month (and a few months before!) so I’ll include those along with the new releases for July.

First up, Mary Tudor, England’s first Queen Regnant. Truth is the Daughter of Time by Gregory Slysz was released in the UK and the US back at the end of March.

Next up, Tracy Borman’s The Story of the Tower of London was released in April in the UK and will be out on July 7 in the US.

Ray Morris’ tale of the sinking of the Mary Rose entitled Out of the Blue was released on June 1 in both the US and UK.

Exploring English Castles by Edd Morris was released in the US back in April and is now out in the UK.

Although it’s technically before the Tudor period I wanted to mention The Middle Ages Unlocked: A Guide to Life in Medieval England 1050-1300 by Gillian Polack and Katrin Kania, which was released in early June in the UK and it will be out on August 19 in the US. Some of the content would certainly be useful for writing in any pre-Industrial Revolution era of English history, and, I’ll admit I wanted to include it because Gillian is an old friend. :)

Next up, prolific Tudor historian David Loades’ latest work The Seymours of Wolf Hall is out in the UK and will be released on August 19 in the US.

And finally, the 6th edition of Tudor Rebellions (part of the Seminar Studies line) by Anthony Fletcher and Diarmaid MacCulloch will be out on July 5 in the US and July 6 in the UK. I have several Tudor-era books from the Seminar Studies series (although not the one on rebellions – yet) and I’ve found them to be good compact references.

Continuing Events

After the successful run of the stage versions of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies by the Royal Shakespeare Company in the UK, the productions have moved to Broadway in the US and opened March 20, 2015 and will run through July 5, 2015. You can learn more about the Broadway run, including ticket information at

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Outside the medieval guildhall in Leicester. Photo May 2015.

The Guildhall was a pleasant surprise that I didn’t even know was there until I stumbled upon it after popping in to the cafe next to the Cathedral – it was just tucked in a short lane between the two. If you’re in Leicester, I definitely recommend you check it out! By the way, the press conference announcing the scientific results of the testing of Richard III’s skeleton was held in the main room of the guildhall.

Fire up your Tudor creativity!

In lieu of the regular news round-up, I thought I would highlight two Tudor-themed creative contests announced last week.

First up: the Tudor Ghost Story contest is back! – Head on over to On the Tudor Trail for all the details.

And second: The Anne Boleyn Files is once again soliciting photos for their Tudor Places Calendar! – Head over to Claire’s site for more information.

Best of luck to anyone who enters one or both of the competitions!

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Interior in Harvard House, Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo May 2015.

Because New Place and Nash’s House are closed for redevelopment, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has opened Harvard House to compensate. Although I was sad to not get to visit the other two again it was nice to take advantage of the opportunity to visit Harvard House for the first time!

Sunday Short Takes

Sorry I haven’t had a round-up in the past few weeks… once again I’ve tried to squeeze too many things into the weekends and some things just didn’t get done. And I’m still working my way through all my vacation photos!

A new project from the University of Leicester archaeology might not have the same fanfare as their Richard III dig, but this one is also relevant to Tudor history interests. Here are a few articles about the project to investigate Bradgate Park, the childhood home of Lady Jane Grey:

* Archaeologists prepare to reveal the secrets of Bradgate Park

* Archaeologists say Lady Jane Grey birthplace is “as good as it gets” as six-week dig begins

* Archaeologists find a hoard of historical artifacts at Bradgate Park

And in more archaeology news:

* ‘Highly significant’ Spanish Armada cannons discovered off coast of Ireland

And finally…

This should probably go in the monthly books and events round-up, but since the event is pretty close I thought I would go ahead and highlight it here in the news round-up. If anyone gets a chance to attend I’d love a write-up!

* Representing the Tudors: An interdisciplinary conference 10-11 July 2015Held at the University of South Wales, this conference brings together scholars working in a variety of fields to encourage dialogue between different perspectives and methodologies when engaging with the question of “representing the Tudors.”