Picture of the Week #570

The town of Blakeney, England, viewed from the Norfolk Coast Path. Photo May 2015

As I mentioned back in Picture of the Week #427, this town has long been an interest of mine because of possible ties to my mother’s family, so it was a thrill to get a chance to visit in person. Blakeney was an important seaport from medieval times until about 20th century when it silted over too much to be commercially useful. It’s a nice seaside holiday town now though!

Upcoming Books, Events, and Exhibitions for October 2019

Books

A few books that have already been released in the UK will be out on October 1 in the US. First up is The Flower of All Cities – The History of London from Earliest Times to the Great Fire by Robert Wynn Jones:

And the second is Lovell our Dogge: The Life of Viscount Lovell, Closest Friend of Richard III and Failed Regicide by Michele Schindler:

And one book I missed earlier this summer was The Culture of Castles in Tudor England and Wales by Audrey M. Thorstad, released back in June in the UK and was released on September 20 in the US:

In new books out this month – Michael Hicks has an upcoming biography Richard III: The Self-Made King that will be released on October 22 in the UK and about a month later in the US:

Upcoming Exhibit

The Bacton Altar Cloth at Hampton Court Palace – See the Bacton Altar Cloth, a rare survival of Elizabethan dress worn by Elizabeth I and the iconic Rainbow Portrait, this autumn at Hampton Court Palace. The cloth will be on display from October 12, 2019 through February 23, 2020.

Continuing Exhibition

The Many Faces of Tudor England opened at The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth (England) on March 18 and will run through the of the year. Admission to the exhibit is including with the admission to the museum.

Upcoming Events

Heather Teysko of The Renaissance English History Podcast is launching Tudorcon2019 and I hope it will be the first of many! (Especially since I can’t make it up there this year.) Click the link above for more information on speakers, events, and how to purchase tickets.

The next BBC History Magazine’s History Weekends will be in Chester on October 25-27 and then in Winchester on November 1-3.

Picture of the Week #567

Looking towards the Mary Arden Inn from the Arden Farmhouse. Photo May 2015.

I stayed at the Mary Arden Inn for a couple of nights on my last trip to the UK and it’s a nice spot to stay to explore Stratford and other Shakespeare Birthplace Trust properties. It’s right across the street from Mary Arden’s Farm – which I didn’t initially realize when I booked the room – and also a short walk to the train station to go into Stratford.

Upcoming Books, Events, and Exhibitions for September 2019

Books

Katherine Howard: Henry VIII’s Slandered Queen by Conor Byrne is now out in the US after a release in the UK back in the spring.

And we have a few new releases coming this month!

First up – the newest work from Melita Thomas, House of Grey, is coming in mid-September in the UK and at the beginning of 2020 in the US.

And out at the end of the month in the UK (and also out at the beginning of 2020 in the US) is Following in the Footsteps of Henry Tudor: A Historical Journey from Pembroke to Bosworth by Phil Carradice.

Continuing Exhibition

The Many Faces of Tudor England opened at The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth (England) on March 18 and will run through the of the year. Admission to the exhibit is including with the admission to the museum.

Upcoming Events

Both of these are events coming in October, but I like to post events like these with a little extra advanced notice.

Heather Teysko of The Renaissance English History Podcast is launching Tudorcon2019 and I hope it will be the first of many! (Especially since I can’t make it up there this year.) Click the link above for more information on speakers, events, and how to purchase tickets.

And the next BBC History Magazine’s History Weekend will be in Chester at the end of October. As always, it looks like a great program with lots of great speakers!

Picture of the Week #563

Light projection of Richard III’s skeleton in its burial spot. Photo May 2015.

The spot where Richard’s grave was found is covered in a clear plexiglass floor so you can see the area. The light projection fades on and off and shows how the skeleton was arranged in the grave when it was discovered under a carpark (now former carpark) in Leicester, England.

Upcoming Books, Events, and Exhibitions for August 2019

Books

Of course I missed a few things back in July, so let’s start with those:

Tudor Folk Tales by Dave Tonge was released on July 1 in the UK and will be out in the US at the beginning of 2020.

Also, The Flower of All Cities – The History of London from Earliest Times to the Great Fire by Robert Wynn Jones was published in the UK on July 15 and will be out in October in the US.

Finally, Thorns in a Realm of Roses: The Henry Queens by Thomas Crockett is a novel set in the waning years of Henry VIII’s reign and was released back in April. Thanks to the publisher for reaching out and bringing it to my attention since I have pretty much given up all hope of keeping up with Tudor historical fiction until the authors and/or publishers email me!

And new this month, out on August 15 in the UK and in October in the US, is Lovell our Dogge: The Life of Viscount Lovell, Closest Friend of Richard III and Failed Regicide by Michèle Schindler.

Continuing Exhibition

The Many Faces of Tudor England opened at The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth (England) on March 18 and will run through the of the year. Admission to the exhibit is including with the admission to the museum.

Upcoming Events

The Bosworth Medieval Festival 2019 is coming up on the weekend of August 17 & 18. Activities will includes author talks, jousting, and battle re-enactments.

The Collyweston Historical & Preservation Society will be having a Collyweston Palace Weekend on August 31 and September 1 with many Tudor-themed activities. The weekend will also include presentations on the Collyweston Palace Project, the archaeological investigation of the site of Margaret Beaufort’s grand home. This sounds like a wonderful event and I wish I could be there! I stayed overnight at The Collyweston Slater on my last trip to England but I didn’t get much of a chance to see the village itself (although I did purposely stay there because of its connection to Margaret Beaufort!).

Picture of the Week #559

Church Gate Tea Room Bed & Breakfast, Castle Acre, Norfolk. Photo May 2015.

Yeah, not especially Tudor-related this week, but definitely within short walking distance to a lot of history! This was the place where I stayed for a couple of nights back in 2015. I think this particular property is no longer a B&B, but there are others in town if you’re looking for a nice weekend away!

Upcoming Books, Events, and Exhibitions for July 2019

Books

I have a few books that were previously released in the UK that are now out in the US:

First up is John Morton: Adversary of Richard III, Power Behind the Tudors by Stuart Bradley:

And next is Anna, Duchess of Cleves: The King’s Beloved Sister by Heather R. Darsie:

New Books

In new books this month, A Phoenix Rising by Vivienne Brereton, a novel set against the backdrop of “The Field of the Cloth of Gold”, will be released on July 12, first of “The House of the Red Duke” series.

Continuing Exhibition

The Many Faces of Tudor England opened at The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth (England) on March 18 and will run through the of the year. Admission to the exhibit is including with the admission to the museum.

Upcoming Events

The Collyweston Historical & Preservation Society will be having a Collyweston Palace Weekend on August 31 and September 1 with many Tudor-themed activities. The weekend will also include presentations on the Collyweston Palace Project, the archaeological investigation of the site of Margaret Beaufort’s grand home. This sounds like a wonderful event and I wish I could be there! I stayed overnight at The Collyweston Slater on my last trip to England but I didn’t get much of a chance to see the village itself (although I did purposely stay there because of its connection to Margaret Beaufort!).