Upcoming Books, Exhibitions, and Events for April 2024

After preparing for the arrival of April 2024 for years now, it’s hard to believe it’s actually finally here! (For those of you who might be new here, my job is in astronomy and I’m in Texas, so we’re the bullseye for the total solar eclipse coming up on the 8th.) And as exhausted as I’ve been for the past few months with all of the eclipse prep, I’m still really looking forward to it. (But I’m also ready for it to be over with!)

Now, on to the April round-up!

Books

We have a number of books that have already been released in the UK that will be out in the US this month.

First up is Conor Byrne’s Lady Katherine Grey: A Dynastic Tragedy, which came out last summer in the UK and will be released on April 9 in the US.

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Next is Women’s Lives in the Tudor Era by Amy McElroy, which came out in March in the UK and will be out at the end of April in the US.

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And finally, Kateryn Parr: Henry VIII’s Sixth Queen by Laura Adkins also came out in March in the UK and will be out at the end of April in the US.

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In new books for April, The Waiting Game: The Untold Story of the Women Who Served the Tudor Queens by Nicola Clark will be out on April 25 in the UK, but I don’t have info for a US release yet.

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Events

In just a few days, from when I post this! But if you miss the live talks, follow the link to the YouTube archive.

Dr. J. Stephan Edwards will be giving a talk at the Society of Antiquaries in London entitled Searching for a Portrait of Jane Grey Dudley, England’s ‘Nine-Days Queen’ of 1553 on April 4 at 1:00 p.m. (London time). The talk will be live streamed and archived on the Society’s YouTube channel, where you can also find many past lectures.

Dr. Edwards will give a second talk that day on Queen Jane’s Proclamation of Accession of 1553 and Gendering of the English Monarchy and you can see that talk as a live stream as well. Click on the title for more information!

Continuing Exhibitions

Ending this month!

Holbein at the Tudor Court opened at The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace on November 10, 2023 and will run through April 14, 2024.

Picture of the Week #799

Wax figure of Henry VIII at the Bosworth Battlefield Museum. Photo May 2015.

Since I haven’t been to Ireland (YET – I hope to change that in the next 5-ish years), I didn’t have much that was appropriate for St. Patrick’s Day, so here’s a waxwork Henry VIII in a jaunty green hunting outfit. Henry VIII decided to upgrade himself from “Lord of Ireland” to “King of Ireland” in 1542, so I guess there is still a connection to Ireland for today’s photo.

Upcoming Books, Exhibitions, and Events for March 2024

Sorry this is a little late, I worked three late nights and Saturday the week before last and I just didn’t have the energy to do much last Sunday. We’re in the middle of our typical spring semester busy stretch at work, but this time with the build-up to the coming total solar eclipse tossed on top of it all!

Books

J. Stephan Edwards has revised his earlier work on the portraits of Lady Jane Grey and a new edition of his book is now out with the title Portraits of Lady Jane Grey Dudley, England’s ‘Nine Days Queen’. (Also note two upcoming talks by Dr. Edwards in the “Events” section below!)

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Melita Thomas’ ambitious 1000 Tudor People is due out in print in the UK at the end of March and is available on Kindle in the US.

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And Susan Doran has a new work out, examining the transition from the end of the Tudors into the Stuart Age: From Tudor to Stuart: The Regime Change from Elizabeth I to James I. It will be out at the end of March in the UK and in the summer in the US.

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Events

As mentioned above, Dr. J. Stephan Edwards will be giving a talk at the Society of Antiquaries in London entitled Searching for a Portrait of Jane Grey Dudley, England’s ‘Nine-Days Queen’ of 1553 on April 4 at 1:00 p.m. (London time). The talk will be live streamed and archived on the Society’s YouTube channel, where you can also find many past lectures.

Dr. Edwards will give a second talk that day on Queen Jane’s Proclamation of Accession of 1553 and Gendering of the English Monarchy and you can see that talk as a live stream as well. Click on the title for more information!

Continuing Exhibitions

Holbein at the Tudor Court opened at The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace on November 10, 2023 and will run through April 23, 2024.

Picture of the Week #793

Ruins of the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds. Photo May 2015.

As I’ve mentioned before, the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds was the original burial place of Mary Tudor, Queen of France and Duchess of Suffolk. The ruins are now a lovely garden park near the later St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

Upcoming Books, Exhibitions, and Events for February 2024

Hello February! I’m hoping the 2024 version of this month is a lot better than some of the more recent ones (extreme cold snaps, ice/snow storms, and power outages – multiple years, finally getting Covid – last year… etc.)

New Books

A few new Tudor-related books are due out in February and even though I don’t keep up with actually *reading* a lot of Tudor history books these days, I’m looking forward to some of these for even I do get back to history reading.

First up is a new work from Nicola Tallis on the early life of Elizabeth I, which will be released on February 29 in both the UK and the US, under slightly different titles:

Young Elizabeth: Princess, Prisoner, QueenPurchase at Amazon UK

Young Elizabeth: Elizabeth I and Her Perilous Path to the CrownPurchase at Amazon US

Next up is Women’s Lives in the Tudor Era by Any McElroy, which will be out in the UK at the end of February and in April in the US:

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And finally, Kateryn Parr: Henry VIII’s Sixth Queen bu Laura Adkins will also be out at the end of February in the UK and in April in the US:

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Continuing Exhibitions

Holbein at the Tudor Court opened at The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace on November 10, 2023 and will run through April 23, 2024.

Picture of the Week #789

The Falcon Inn, Stratford upon Avon. Photo May 2015.

Some parts of The Falcon (now partially renamed after it became part of a hotel chain) date back to the early 16th century and it has been an inn since at least the mid-17th century. Definitely on my bucket list to stay there in the Tudor section!

Amazon links broken

… and as I suspected would happen, all of my Amazon links for book posts are now dead thanks to their recent changes. I’ll try to get at least the 2023 posts updated quickly, but old posts will just have to wait a while!