Sunday Short Takes

Short round-up this week, but I wanted to get one more in before the Solstice, Festivus, and Christmas so I could wish everyone celebrating a “Happy Holidays”!

One story lit up my alerts more than anything else this week:

* The Lost Tiltyard TowerArchaeologists at Hampton Court Palace have uncovered the remains of one of the palace’s famous five lost Tiltyard Towers. The discovery of this green-glazed tile floor has solved a three-hundred-year-old mystery. Built at the height of King Henry VIII’s reign in the 1530s, the Tiltyard Towers once stood within the walled Tiltyard, where the Tudor monarchs held jousts and tournaments.

In other news:

* Lady Jane Grey: why do we want to believe the myth?The image of Lady Jane Grey, the abused child-woman and nine days queen, is encapsulated in a fraud. Why are we so keen to believe in an innocent, virginal Jane, asks Leanda de Lisle…

* First glimpse of lost library of Elizabethan polymath John DeeWhere to start with the legend and life of Dr Dee? Born on 13 July 1527, John Dee became one of the greatest scholars of the age, and a philosopher and courtier to Queen Elizabeth I.


Sunday Short Takes — 1 Comment

  1. I enjoyed Leanda de Lisle’s article on Jane Grey. She’s right when she says Jane is usually depicted as an innocent, but I just wanted to mention Suzannah Dunn’s recent Lady of Misrule, an interesting take on the queen’s character. Narrated by Jane’s lady-in-waiting during her imprisonment in the Tower, the story presents Jane as a shrewd, cold, politically alert – and fully aware – hardline Protestant cadre. Chosen and carefully trained by the evangelical clique from earliest childhood, Jane’s always been their candidate to rule England when the right opportunity arose. She’s a victim, but one without illusions, and unsentimentally prepared to face her doom – and if the case was reversed, to victimize her political enemies in furtherance of her religious cause. Dunn has taken liberties with the evidence, but come up with one of Tudorfic’s few novel approaches to Jane.

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