Sunday Short Takes

I’m going to put some of the Richard III stories in a separate post later in the week since I already have several and there will be many, many more as the reinterment week progresses. So here’s the best of the rest!

* Elizabethan tapestry map to be displayed at University of Oxford’s Bodleian libraryMap of Worcestershire from 1590s describes mysterious event in the hills near ‘The Worldesend’

* Before Wolf Hall there was Hardwick Hall – and the woman who would be QueenThis year marks 400 years since the death of Arabella Stuart, granddaughter to the powerful Bess of Hardwick, who was once touted as a successor to Queen Elizabeth.

* How Wolf Hall producers turned to Facebook to find red-haired child to play Elizabeth I – That is a seriously adorable little Elizabeth

* What the English of Shakespeare, Beowulf, and King Arthur actually sounded like – A fun, quick tour of the history of the English language with sound and video examples

* Henry VIII portrait and bed of his parents revealed in new Tudor display at Hever Castle

And finally –

Is it possible to accurately recreate a loaf of medieval bread? – A talk by Richard Fitch, the Historic Kitchen Interpretation Coordinator at Hampton Court Palace, at the 9th Experimental Archaeology Conference held in January 2015. And if you’re at all interesting in historical cooking at Hampton Court Palace, be sure to give Richard at follow on Twitter at @tudorcook.

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