Sunday Short Takes

* Nancy Bilyeau’s debut novel “The Crown” will be out early next year, but US readers can enter to win an advanced copy through Goodreads! Find out more about the drawing here. And allow me a small moment of pride in mentioning that Nancy is a submitter and commenter on my Tudor Q&A blog. I’m always amazed by the knowledgeable and talented people who have stumbled across the site!

* A Tudor Herbal c. 1520 – I think How to Be a Retronaut is embarking on a campaign to get on to this round-up every week by continuing to post cool things like this!

* Market news: Elizabethan costume piece tops Cowdray sale – A portrait once thought to have been of Elizabeth I by Marcus Gheeraerdts, sold above the estimate for £325,250

* The Fallstaff Experience in Stratford-upon-Avon is launching a new tour of the town – NO HOLDS BARD: a tour with William Shakespeare in person!

* English Historical Fiction Authors – a new group blog by authors of, you guessed it, English historical fiction

And finally, two articles from History Today:

* From the newest issue: Learning to be a Tudor – Thomas Penn examines M.J. Tucker’s article on the court of Henry VII, first published in History Today in 1969.

* And from the archives: Who was Henry VIII? – Suzannah Lipscomb looks beyond the stereotypes that surround our most infamous monarch to ask: who was Henry VIII and when did it all go wrong?

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