Sunday Short Takes

Lots of things this week!

* Historic milestone for 500-year-old wreck of Mary Rose warshipScientists have stopped spraying the 500-year-old wreck of the Mary Rose with a protective wax for the first time in nearly two decades, an historic milestone in the conservation of Henry VIII’s Tudor warship.

* My poignant journey in search of the martyrs – Article by Nancy Bilyeau for the Catholic Herald on her research for The Crown and The Chalice

* ‘Evil May Day’: Re-examining the Race Riot of 1517 – Article from the History Today archives

* Lacey Baldwin Smith’s book about Anne Boleyn – Book review from Krya Cornelius Kramer

* Help Fund the World Premiere of The King’s Whore: The Anne Boleyn Story – An Indiegogo campaign to produce a play about Anne Boleyn in New York City.

* TannerRitchie’s Featured Series of the Month for May is the all 38 volumes of Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic from the reign of Henry VIII. You can get the whole batch for a lot less than buying each individually. It’s still not cheap, but a great resource!

* English Architecture Lecture – Simon Thurley – A great find by The Tudor Tattler of another informative lecture from the Gresham College series that I’ve linked to before.

* The Children of Henry VIII by John Guy – Podcast from the National Archives

* BBC2’s Tudor Court Season – These are some of the programs that I’ve mentioned in a few previous posts, all gathered together in one convenient place.

And finally…

* Shakespeare and Henry VIII given 21st Century makeover – I’m sure a lot of you have seen this already, but how could I NOT link to it? 🙂


Sunday Short Takes — 1 Comment

  1. I find Kramer’s review of Lacey Baldwin Smith’s new book on Anne Boleyn interesting not so much for her description of the content, but for her critique based on the language he uses. I think this issue is becoming – or has already become – almost more important to many reviewers and critics than a book’s actual arguments.

    I’d be interested in hearing what Ph.D. Historian and other historians, Ph.D. candidates and graduate students posting on this blog think about this. My own thoughts are that (1) I’m inclined to cut older historians some slack, especially if they have a cogent and well-reasoned argument or new insights into a historical issue; (2) although I understand that some audiences may find certain word choices offensive, I often feel that aligning the narrative perfectly with the current ideologies often bleaches it of interest where it doesn’t actually obscure the points being made; (3) some of the historians I enjoy most, older ones like Froude, have a tremendous – and by modern standards politically incorrect – command of language that adds richness, piquancy, and immediacy to their works.

    In the best scenario, however, a modern historian’s efforts to identify vocabularies of sexism and classism in historical sources can yield some terrific rewards and produce real revolutions of understanding. It’s a delicate balancing act that can be challenging for both the historian and the reader.

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