Picture of the Week #52

Patterned brick chimneys at Hampton Court Palace. Photo May 2000.

Because a lot of us have cold weather right now, a reminder of how the Tudors kept warm in winter. 🙂

I can’t believe we’re at POTW #52, meaning that I’ve been posting every week for a whole year. And there are still lots of photos out there for me to keep putting up – and hopefully I’ll add to the collection in the next few years.

Merry Christmas!

I’m recycling the image from the past couple of years, but here they are again, our favorite family decked out in holiday cheer:

And here’s Henry 8.0 trying to order Christmas puddings:

Henry in that hat looks kind of like the version in the “family photo” up top. 🙂 And Henry going on about The Stig – love it! (Yes, I’m a Top Gear fan.)

And last but not least, here’s an article about how Henry VIII really celebrated the holidays, from the Mail Online:

Stuffed peacock, fake snow and lashings of dancing girls… Henry VIII had a VERY merry Christmas indeed!

Five hundred years ago this Christmas, there was a new king on the throne of England. He was 18 years old, as handsome as a prince in a fairytale, sporty and over 6ft.

He spoke elegant French and Italian – and Latin, of course, like all educated people – wrote his own songs and sang them himself.
He was credited with a sweet nature and was in love with his wife. So, what would you give the young Henry VIII for Christmas? What was there left for him to want?

Full article

Picture of the Week #51

Overlooking the entrance to Raglan Castle, Monmouthshire, Wales. Photo May 2003.

Raglan was the home of Henry VII as a boy when he was in the custody of the Herberts in the 1460s. Raglan is under the care of Cadw which oversees many Welsh historical places.

The Plimoth Jacket revealed!


Photo: Ed Nute

I first blogged about this project back in October 2007 and have been following the progress ever since (now at the Thistle Threads blog after the original project funding ran out). The project recreated an embroidered lady’s jacket from just after the Elizabethan period. You may remember a similar jacket in the Victoria and Albert Museum that I featured as a Picture of the Week back in July.

Scroll back through the last few posts at the Thistle Threads blog for more photos of the jacket from the big reveal. The photos in candlelight are particularly captivating.

TannerRitchie Publishing’s annual sale

This year it is 50% off downloads! Just head on over to the TannerRitchie Publishing website to take advantage of the offer.

They also have a blog, are on Twitter and an RSS feed of new titles, which I just added to my newsreader so I can keep up with things they are adding to their collection. It has been a while since I checked their site and it turns out I missed a lot of new additions!

Archaeological dig at Shakespeare’s New Place

From the BBC:

Archaeologists are preparing to excavate the site of Shakespeare’s final home to find out more about the history of the building.

The New Place, in Stratford-upon-Avon, was built in 1483 and is thought to be where the playwright died in 1616.

The building itself was demolished in 1759, but it is thought remains of the old house are still underground.

Archaeologists will start initial tests on the site on Tuesday and a full dig could be carried out next year.

The experts from Birmingham Archaeology will be searching for the foundations of the New Place and will be looking through the original wells and possibly rubbish pits.

Full article

New Place showed up here back in June as Picture of the Week #23

Henslowe-Alleyn archive now online

From The Guardian:

A unique archive on the theatre of Shakespeare’s times, revealing everything from the price of a ferry ticket across the Thames to the cost of a tumbler’s breeches, becomes available free to the world today when the papers of the theatre owner and entrepreneur Philip Henslowe and his actor son-in-law Edward Alleyn go online.

Henslowe built one of the first theatres in London, the Rose, on the site of a bear-baiting ring and brothel. Shakespeare almost certainly worked as an actor there and some of his plays, including Titus Andronicus, were first performed there.

Shakespeare earned fortunes – for others, and enough to make himself one of the richest men in his native Stratford-upon-Avon – but contemporary box office receipts survive for just one play. In February 1594 Henslowe earned 40 shillings in one day from a play he called Tittus & ondronicus, carefully noting the takings in his diary.

Alleyn, one of the superstars of the Elizabethan stage, became Henslowe’s business partners in several other theatres and commercial ventures.

Alleyn left their archive, including his own journal in which he scrupulously recorded everything from the cost of having his wife’s stockings darned to the school he founded, Dulwich College. The fragile originals, a treasure trove for theatre and social historians and archaeologists working on Shakespeare’s playhouses, have been available only to scholars until today.

Full article

Link to The Henslowe-Alleyn Digitisation Project

This is not not only a great resource for scholars, but also perhaps for someone working on a novel set in the theaters of Shakespearean England. It’s really nice to see more and more archives like these coming online and freely available!

Another Tudor property up for sale

Yet another interesting property up for sale to add to the list that I’ve blogged about. It’s probably a good thing I don’t have a ton of money, since I’d never be able to decide what place to buy! 🙂

From the BBC:

Henry VIII’s love nest for sale

A property where newlywed Henry VIII stayed with his second wife Anne Boleyn has gone on the market after being rebuilt from a state of near collapse

The gatehouse on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent is all that remains of Shurland Hall, the Tudor palace owned by a courtier of the King, Thomas Cheyney.

It was probably built especially for Henry and Anne’s visit, when the King spent three days hunting.

The Spitalfields Trust has restored it and put it up for sale for £2m.

Full article

There is a video at the link worth checking out.

I was planning to blog about this yesterday before I got side-tracked and was going to include a rant about fact-checking and tell you all to fire up the keyboards for some more correction emails… but they beat me to it and fixed the article before I posted. In the original, they had the date of Henry and Anne’s marriage as 1530 and the date of her execution as 1533. oops!

Hilliard Miniatures of Elizabeth I and Dudley up for sale

From The Telegraph:

Just 3/4 of an inch high, the stamp-sized pair is expected to fetch up to £80,000 when sold at Bonhams in London on November 25.

Elizabeth I often commissioned miniatures as personal gifts but Camilla Lombardi of Bonhams said it was likely these were made to mark the end of the affair.

She said: “They can be dated to 1575, a pivotal year in their relationship.

“It is the year when Robert Dudley finally gave up his hope of marrying Queen Elizabeth I.”

Both Elizabeth I and the Earl of Leicester were patrons of the artist, Nicholas Hilliard, described by Lombardi as “the father of miniatures”.

They were painted using watercolours on vellum, the skin of an unborn animal, and would originally have formed part of a piece of jewellery.

Bonhams described them as “a remarkable survivor from the Tudor period”.

Full article

Press release from the auction house about the miniatures.

Bonhams website

Boy do I wish I had about £80,000 to spare…

Update:
Here’s an article about the sale. As Marilyn noted in the comments, the final price was £72,000. To me it seems like a good price for two Hilliard miniatures, especially a pair like this.