Upcoming Books and Exhibitions for September 2014


I missed it last month, so here’s Debra Bayani’s Jasper Tudor: Godfather of the Tudor Dynasty – now out in the US and UK. The Amazon links below go to the full color edition, but there is a less-expensive black and white one as well. Yes, this one is on my wish list as well – it’s great to see so much new interest in Jasper!

And Jessie Childs’ God’ Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England, which was released in the UK in March, is now out in the US.

In new books this month, The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered, the book to accompany the new display at the National Portrait Gallery in London (more info on that below) will be released in the UK and US on September 11. (And big thanks to the NPG for making this a reasonably priced paperback!!)

Next up is Dan Jones’ The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses and the Rise of the Tudors (US title: The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors) will be out September 4 in the UK and October 14 in the US.

And finally, Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII’s Most Faithful Servant by Tracy Borman will be out on September 11 in the UK, but won’t be out until January 6, 2015 in the US.

New display

The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered

This new display at the National Portrait Gallery opens September 12, 2014 and will run through March 1, 2015.

From the NPG website:

his special display, focusing on the portraiture of the Tudor monarchs, will allow visitors to rediscover these well-known kings and queens through the most complete presentation of their images staged to date.
Works from the Gallery’s Collection will be presented alongside exceptional loans and a prized possession of each monarch, as well as recent research undertaken as part of the Making Art in Tudor Britain project, to help visitors understand how and why such images were made.
The display includes the Gallery’s oldest portrait, that of Henry VII, which will be displayed with a Book of Hours inscribed by the king to his daughter; six portraits of Henry VIII, including a full-length portrait from Petworth House in Sussex, together with his rosary; portraits of Edward VI and a page from his diary in which he reports his father’s death; five portraits of Mary I combined with her Prayer Book loaned from Westminster Cathedral; and several portraits of Elizabeth I displayed alongside her locket ring. The search for a ‘real’ portrait of Lady Jane Grey in the sixteenth century will also be discussed through the display of a commemorative portrait of Jane that dates from the Elizabethan period.

I’d love to see this one! But I’ll have to settle for the catalogue, I’m afraid.

Continuing events and exhibitions

* The Royal Shakespeare Company moved their plays of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies to London to run from May 1 to October 4 (extended from the original end date of September 6).

* Treasures from the Royal Archives opened at Windsor Castle on May 17, 2014 and runs through January 25, 2015 and will feature some items from the Archives that have never been on display before.

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